The Cincinnati Reds have named Derrin Ebert manager of the Greeneville Reds for the 2020 Appalachian League season.
Greeneville’s coaching staff will also include pitching coach Chris Booker, hitting coach Luis Terrero, bench coach Reggie Williams, trainer Wade Hebrink and strength and conditioning coach Joel Canacoo.
Ebert is entering his ninth season in the Reds’ organization and his first as a manger. In 2019, he was slated to be Greeneville’s pitching coach and assistant to the minor league pitching coordinator, but he was transferred to rookie Billings (Montana) after Billings manager left for personal issues and Booker was sent from Billings to Greeneville as pitching coach.
In 2018, Ebert was on the Reds’ major league coaching staff and was the pitching coach for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League.
Ebert spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons as pitching coach for the rookie Arizona League Reds, 2014 and 2015 as pitching coach at Billings, and 2016 and 2017 as pitching coach at Class A Dayton (Ohio).
A native of Anaheim, Calif., Ebert was an 18th-round draft pick out of Hesperia High School in Hesperia, Calif., by the Atlanta Braves in 1994. The left-handed pitcher made five major league relief appearances for the Braves in 1999 at age 22. He was 0-1 with a save and a 5.63 earned run average. In eight innings, he gave up nine hits, walked five and struck out four.
Ebert pitched 11 seasons in the minor leagues for the Braves, Royals, Diamondbacks, Cubs, Brewers and Red Sox.
After retiring from baseball in 2005, Ebert earned an associates of arts degree from Estrella Mountain College in 2008 and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education (history) from Arizona State University in 2009.
Ebert lives in Litchfield Park, Ariz., with wife, Lacey, and children Kinzy, Brody and Cody.
Booker, a native of Monroeville, Ala., enters his third season in the Reds’ organization and second as Greeneville’s pitching coach. In 2019, Greeneville’s pitching staff finished seventh in the 10-team Appalachian League with a 4.58 ERA.
A 20th-round pick by the Chicago Cubs in the 1995 draft out of Monroe County High School in Alabama, Booker pitched parts of three seasons in the major leagues with the Reds, Royals and Nationals. In 17 appearances, the right-hander was 0-1 with a 14.29 ERA. In 11⅓ innings, he gave up 17 hits, walked nine and struck out 10.
Booker resides in Monroeville.
Terrero enters his second season as hitting coach in Greeneville. In 2019, the Reds finished last in the Appalachian League with a .226 batting average, last in on-base percentage at .295 and last in runs scored with 284. The Reds did show power at the plate, though, finishing sixth in the league with 51 home runs and second in the league with 23 triples.
A native of Barahona, Dominican Republic, Terrero played 19 seasons professionally, including parts of five seasons in the major leagues with the Diamondbacks, Orioles and White Sox from 2003-2007. In 243 major league games, the right-handed hitting outfielder batted .234 with 23 doubles, a triple, 14 home runs, 52 RBI and 17 stolen bases.
Terrero lives in Santo Domingo, DR, with wife, Marisol, and children Gabriella, Luis Enrique Jr., Jesus Gabriel and Benjamin.
Williams enters his third season in the Reds’ organization, all three as bench coach in Greeneville. Williams also worked in the Brewers’ organization from 2009-2016. He also spent 13 seasons as vice president of community relations and a radio/TV broadcaster with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds from 1997-2009.
Williams was also a teacher and principal in the Memphis City School system. And each offseason, he serves as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis.
A native of Memphis, Williams was drafted in the sixth round of the 1981 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals while playing at Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge, La. Williams did not sign with the Cardinals, returned to Southern University and A&M College, and was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 13th round of the 1982 draft.
Williams played professionally from 1982-1990, including four seasons in the major leagues with the Dodgers and Indians from 1985-1988. In 200 major league games, the right-handed hitting outfielder batted .259 with 16 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 39 RBI and 11 stolen bases.
In 1986, Williams was named the Dodgers’ rookie of the year. In 128 games, he batted .277 (84-for-303) with 14 doubles, two triples, four home runs, 32 RBI and nine stolen bases.
Williams received a master’s degree in teaching from the University of Memphis and a second master’s degree in school supervision and administration. As an undergrad at Southern University, he earned the Presidential Scholarship Award for the highest grade point average in the athletic department (3.45).