The Cubs announced the coaching staffs for all minor league levels and field coordinators on Tuesday morning. The Cubs retained several coaches and reassigned a few of them to different levels of the system as well as added a few new coaches to the organization.
Marty Pevey will manage the I-Cubs after serving as the minor league catching coordinator for the last three seasons. Brian Harper, as expected, was named hitting coach of the I-Cubs. Harper managed the Smokies in 2011 and the D-Cubs last year. Desi Wilson joins Buddy Bailey’s staff in Tennessee and will serve as the Smokies hitting coach after spending last season as the hitting coach for the D-Cubs. The biggest changes in the system will take place in Daytona. Dave Keller will skipper the D-Cubs squad. Keller was the I-Cubs hitting coach last season and an assistant on Mike Quade’s staff in 2011. Mariano Duncan will be Daytona’s hitting coach after spending the last two seasons as the hitting coach in Tennessee. Storm Davis joins the Cubs organization after spending the last two years as the hitting coach for Texas’ Single-A affiliate in Hickory.
Mark Johnson was named manager of the Kane County Cougars. Johnson led Boise for the last two seasons and is familiar with many of the top prospects in the organization that figures to be on the Cougars’ Opening Day roster. Tom Beyers will also move up from Boise to Kane County and assume the same duties as hitting coach for the Cougars. The Cubs named Gary Van Tol the manager of the Boise Hawks. Van Tol served as a volunteer coach for the Hawks for the last five seasons. Bill Buckner was retained as hitting coach of the Hawks after joining the Cubs’ organization last year.
The Cubs added a team in Venezuela and the Venezuelan Cubs will be led by Osmin Melendez and Franklin Blanco will be his hitting coach. The Cubs will have only one team in the Dominican summer league next season.
*-New Positions for 2013
2012 Minor League Managers and Coaching Staffs
Iowa Cubs – Triple-A
Marty Pevey – Manager*
Mike Mason – Pitching Coach
Brian Harper – Hitting Coach*
Nick Frangella – Athletic Trainer
Ed Kohl – Strength Coach*
Tennessee Smokies – Double-A
Buddy Bailey – Manager
Jeff Fassero – Pitching Coach
Desi Wilson – Hitting Coach*
Scott Barringer – Athletic Trainer*
Ryan Clausen – Strength Coach*
Daytona Cubs – High Class-A
Dave Keller – Manager*
Storm Davis – Pitching Coach*
Mariano Duncan – Hitting Coach*
Peter Fagan – Athletic Trainer
Kane County Cougars – Low Class-A
Mark Johnson – Manager*
Ron Villone – Pitching Coach*
Tom Beyers – Hitting Coach*
Shane Nelson – Athletic Trainer
Boise Hawks – Short-Season Class-A
Gary Van Tol – Manager*
David Rosario – Pitching Coach
Bill Buckner – Hitting Coach
Jonathan Fierro – Athletic Trainer*
Mesa Cubs – Rookie Ball
Bobby Mitchell – Manager
Anderson Tavares and Rick Tronerud – Pitching Coach*
Richardo Medina and Jimmy Gonzalez – Hitting Coach*
Steve Melendez – Athletic Trainer
Yi-Chiang – Rehab Strength Coach*
Dominican Cubs – Rookie Ball
Yudith Ozorio – Manager*
Leo Hernandez – Pitching Coach*
Oscar Bernard – Hitting Coach*
Wilken Perez – Athletic Trainer
Venezuelan Cubs – Rookie Ball
Osmin Melendez – Manager*
[Unnamed] – Pitching Coach
Franklin Blanco – Hitting Coach
[Unnamed] – Athletic Trainer
2013 Minor League Coordinators
The Cubs officially announced the minor league field coordinators on Tuesday.
Tim Cossins will serve as the Cubs’ minor league field coordinator after spending 10 seasons in the Marlins system, the last six as the minor league catching coordinator. Derek Johnson takes over as the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator after 11 seasons as Vanderbilt University’s pitching coach. Anthony Iapoce will oversee the minor league hitting program as the organization’s Special Assistant to the GM and Player Development. Carmelo Martinez was retained by the organization after spending the last five years as the Cubs’ Latin American Field Coordinator. Martinez will be the hitting coordinator for the Single-A, Rookie League and Dominican League teams.
The Cubs hired Jose Flores as minor league field coordinator and Lee Tinsley will be the Cubs’ minor league outfield/baserunning coordinator for the third straight season. Doug Jarrow will stay on for a sixth season as the Cubs minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Justin Sharpe returns as minor league athletic training coordinator and Chuck Baughman will serve as the rehabilitation coordinator for the eighth season.
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