|DAN REICHERT||PITCHING COACH|
2018 will be Reichert’s fifth season (2013-14, 2016-present) as pitching coach for Lincoln. California-native is a former first round draft pick out of University of the Pacific and pitched five seasons in Major League Baseball for the Royals and Blue Jays. Reichert played for the Saltdogs in 2007, going 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
“I love the fans out here, the front office, they are some of the best in the country,” Reichert said. “I’m very excited about getting this club together to win another championship.”
Reichert grew up in Turlock, Calif. but has made Lincoln his home since 2007. The right-hander played professionally for 14 seasons, including five years at the Big League level and 2011 in the Chinese Professional Baseball League. He played his final season in 2012 for Southern Maryland of the Atlantic League.
The Lincoln arms improved dramatically under the direction of Reichert during his first stint as pitching coach in 2013-14.
The year prior to Reichert’s initial hiring, the Saltdogs pitching staff ranked 12th in the American Association with a 5.37 ERA.
In his first season as pitching coach in 2013, Reichert helped the Lincoln hurlers improve to sixth in the league with a 4.29 ERA.
Under his tutelage in 2014, the Saltdogs pitchers ranked fifth in the American Association in team ERA as the club advanced all the way to the championship series.
Reichert helped coach Lindsey Caughel to the Pitcher of the Year award in 2016. The righty led the league with a 2.11 ERA and ranked second with 120 strikeouts.
Saltdogs hurlers dominated the league in 2017. The pitching staff compiled a 3.45 ERA, the best in the league and the lowest in franchise history. Three pitchers had their contracts purchased by MLB franchises in 2017.
“I’ve learned so many great things over the course of my playing career,” Reichert said. “Now it’s about passing on life lessons to the next generation while playing the game of baseball. I’ve really enjoyed mentoring the younger pitchers during my later playing days and am very excited about becoming the Saltdogs’ pitching coach.”