chicago cubs logoYesterday, the Chicago Cubs announced their minor league managers, coaches, and coordinators. On the whole, there is very little turnover, which makes sense, given what a successful development year it was for the Cubs’ minor league system.

You can see the full press releases here (managers/coaches) and here (coordinators).

First, the coordinators, where you will notice a whole lot of “second season” mentions – the front office got its footing in 2012, surveying what they had, and then made a huge number of changes last year. Here are the names, with info on Mike Mason, who gets an important new role, from the press release:

  • Tim Cossins returns for his second season as the organization’s minor league field/catching coordinator.
  • Derek Johnson returns for his second season as the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator.
  • Anthony Iapoce returns for his second season as the organization’s Special Assistant to the GM and Player Development, overseeing the minor league hitting program while contributing to additional projects within the organization.
  • Jose Flores returns for his second season as minor league infield coordinator.
  • Carmelo Martinez enters his 17th season in the Cubs organization, beginning his second stint as the organization’s Latin American Field Coordinator.
  • Mike Mason begins his first season as assistant pitching coordinator after spending the previous six years as Triple-A Iowa’s pitching coach. He has 22 years of coaching experience following a seven-year big league playing career with Texas (1982-87), the Cubs (1987) and Minnesota (1988). Prior to joining the Cubs, he served as Kansas City’s minor league pitching coordinator (2004-07), while also handling interim pitching coach duties at the Major League level in 2004. Mason served as pitching coach for Philadelphia’s Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club in 2002-03 after serving as Kansas City’s minor league pitching instructor the previous two seasons (2000-01). He began his coaching career in Kansas City’s minor league system from 1991-99.
  • Doug Jarrow begins his seventh season as Chicago’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator.
  • Nick Frangella begins his 11th season with the organization and his first as head minor league athletic training and performance coordinator.
  • Chuck Baughman enters his 15th year with the Cubs organization, his first season as assistant athletic training coordinator.
  • Rick Tronerud returns for his 19th year with the Cubs and his first as minor league rehab pitching coordinator.
  • Rey Fuentes begins his second season as Coordinator of Cultural Education, overseeing all educational classes for the Cubs Latin American players.

And the managers and coaches (new positions are in bold, new people are in bold and italics):

Iowa (AAA)

  • Manager – Marty Pevey
  • Pitching Coach – Bruce Walton
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Brian Harper
  • Athletic Trainer – Scott Barringer

Tennessee (AA)

  • Manager – Buddy Bailey
  • Pitching Coach – Storm Davis
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Desi Wilson / Leo Perez
  • Athletic Trainer – Shane Nelson

Daytona (High A)

  • Manager – Dave Keller
  • Pitching Coach – Ron Villone
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Mariano Duncan
  • Athletic Trainer – Peter Fagan

Kane County (Low A)

  • Manager – Mark Johnson
  • Pitching Coach – David Rosario
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Tom Beyers
  • Athletic Trainer – Jonathan Fiero

Boise (Short A)

  • Manager – Gary Van Tol
  • Pitching Coach – Brian Lawrence
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Bill Buckner
  • Athletic Trainer – Toby Williams

Mesa (Rookie)

  • Manager – Jimmy Gonzalez
  • Pitching Coach – Anderson Tavares
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Ricardo Medina
  • Athletic Trainer – Mike McNulty

Dominican (Rookie)

  • Manager – Juan Cabreja
  • Pitching Coach – Leo Hernandez
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Oscar Bernard / Yudith Ozorio
  • Athletic Trainer – Jose Alvarez

Venezuelan (Rookie)

  • Manager – Pedro Gonzalez
  • Pitching Coach – Angel Guzman
  • Hitting Coach/Assistant – Tom Beyers
  • Athletic Trainer – Arnoldo Goite

Notable things: the pitching coaches at Kane County (David Rosario), Daytona (Ron Villone), and Tennessee (Storm Davis) were each promoted one level from last year. Not only is that nice advancement for them, but it keeps them working, generally, with the pitchers they handled quite well last year. I really like that.

Angel Guzman sighting! Yes, that is former Cubs pitcher/prospect Angel Guzman taking over as the pitching coach for the Cubs’ VRL team.

Bruce Walton joins the organization as the new pitching coach at AAA Iowa, after spending 2010 through 2012 as the pitching coach for the Blue Jays.

  • Bilbo161

    Lots of turnover in pitching coaches except for the low levels. Wonder if that is meaningful.

    • ETS

      I would suspect that happens most years as lower level coaches are either good and get promoted or bad and get let go.

      • hansman

        Ya, only one of them is new to the organization and our pitchers did well last year

  • ETS

    It’s nice that Angel Guzman gets this opportunity. I wonder if Bobby Scales is coaching somewhere.

  • Bilbo161

    Walton is probably a good source for the Blue Jays system. Wonder who he thinks would be a good get from that organization.

  • terencemann

    I had several of Storm Davis’ baseball cards growing up. I thought that was the best name for a pitcher.

    • Idaho Razorback

      George Earl Davis. I overly invested in his 1983 Donruss rookie card.

  • johnny chess Aka 2much2say

    I don’t want a lot for Christmas
    There is just one thing I need
    I don’t care about the presents
    Underneath the Christmas tree
    I just want Choo for my own
    More than you could ever know
    Make my wish come true
    All I want for Christmas is you, yeah.
    All I want for Christmas is Choo

    • Bilbo161

      He fits, but may be too expensive for Thed’s tastes.

      • Jimminy

        “Thed” – LOL

      • hansman

        If the 10-year offer is correct (I doubt it is, he would have scooped that up in a heartbeat) someone is paying for half a cow when all they are getting is a sirloin steak.

    • Spoda17

      … that is a little disturbing…

    • itzscott

      Not going to happen….

      Reports are that he turned down a 7 year, $140 million offer from the Yankees.

      • Pat

        I’m not sure I believe that rumor. They already have a surplus of outfielders. Of course, it is the Yankees, so you never know.

        • Michael

          They offered him the 7 years but boras wanted 8 more so they took the offer off the table and signed beltran instead

    • Brett

      Heh. I liked this.

  • itzscott

    Carmelo Martinez in the Cub organization for 17 years?

    I thought I saw him on a milk carton sometime after the Cubs traded him to the Padres.

  • miggy80

    Awesome for Angel Guzman and I think we’re going to hear more about Marty Pevey. He’s a really good coach. Hands on and when he’s coaching 3rd and you can tell no one is more into the game than him.

    • Spriggs

      Yes, glad Guzman is still in the fold. Last year he was at Fitch Park coaching toward the end of minor league camp and all through extended spring training. Never knew if he had an official role last year.

  • Baseball Writes

    Storm Davis – Crash Davis’ less-liked younger brother.

  • ruby2626

    Disappointed the Cubs are keeping Billy Buck down in Boise, who knows maybe he likes living there. You’d think they would at least promote him to Kane so he could be in the area. Am I wrong, but it seemed like he did some good work with certain hitters.

    Remember at the end of the 2012 season Boise dominated and everyone was looking forward to seeing them mash the ball at Kane County. Seemed like a lot of guys at Kane County had really mediocre hitting years, be too simple to say that this was entirely because of a different hitting coach but maybe a part of it was. Just sayin

    • Scotti

      Buckner has said he would accept ONLY a promotion to Wrigley. Boise is where his home is.

  • since52

    So, with all the goofy (IMO) geek stats tossed around here…who is/are the most important personnel on this chart in terms of measuring prospect(s) progress? IOW, with all the horse manure geek stats, it comes down to a considered opinion on who’s ready for the show and who’s not.

  • scorecardpaul

    Brett is there a way I can send you an email? I do not have a twitter or facebook account. I kind of have some information for you, and a way you might be able to help me and the Cubs? This is not information that is for public view yet.

  • scorecardpaul

    Thanks Darth