Cubs Announce Minor League Managers, Staffs and Coordinators for the 2014 Season

The Cubs announced the coaching staffs for all minor league levels and field coordinators on Wednesday. There was very little turnover or changes made to the coaching staffs that were in the Cubs’ system a year ago with the exception of the pitching coaches.

Marty Pevey (Triple-A Iowa), Buddy Bailey (Double-A Tennessee), Dave Keller (High-A Daytona), Mark Johnson (Low-A Kane County) and Gary Van Tol (Short-Season, Low-A Boise) were retained to run the five upper level teams in the Cubs’ organization. The Cubs hired Jimmy Gonzalez to manage the Mesa Cubs (Rookie Ball), Juan Cabreja takes over as the Dominican Cubs’ skipper and Pedro Gonzalez will run the Cubs’ team in the Venezuelan League.

Bruce Walton takes over as Iowa’s pitching coach and Storm Davis was promoted from the D-Cubs pitching coach to the Smokies and will coach, what on paper has a chance to be a very exciting staff in Tennessee. Ron Villone was bumped up from Kane County to Daytona to be the D-Cubs’ pitching coach and David Rosario was promoted from Boise to Kane County to coach the Cougars’ young pitching staff. The Cubs’ hired former San Diego Padres’ hurler, Brian Lawrence to handle the pitching coach duties for the Boise Hawks. One time top Cubs’ prospect, Angel Guzman has rejoined the organization on a full-time basis and will be the Venezuela Cubs pitching coach next season.

Iowa Cubs – Triple-A
  • Marty Pevey – Manager
  • Bruce Walton – Pitching Coach*
  • Brian Harper – Hitting Coach
  • Scott Barringer – Athletic Trainer*
Tennessee Smokies – Double-A
  • Buddy Bailey – Manager
  • Storm Davis – Pitching Coach*
  • Desi Wilson – Hitting Coach
  • Leo Perez – Assistant Hitting Coach*
  • Shane Nelson – Athletic Trainer*
Daytona Cubs – High Class-A
  • Dave Keller – Manager
  • Ron Villone – Pitching Coach*
  • Mariano Duncan – Hitting Coach
  • Peter Fagan – Athletic Trainer
Kane County Cougars – Low Class-A
  • Mark Johnson – Manager
  • David Rosario – Pitching Coach*
  • Tom Beyers – Hitting Coach
  • Jonathan Fiero – Athletic Trainer*
Boise Hawks – Short-Season Class-A
  • Gary Van Tol – Manager
  • Brian Lawrence – Pitching Coach*
  • Bill Buckner – Hitting Coach
  • Toby Williams – Athletic Trainer*
Mesa Cubs – Rookie Ball
  • Jimmy Gonzalez – Manager*
  • Anderson Tavarez – Pitching Coach
  • Richardo Medina – Hitting Coach
  • Mike McNulty – Athletic Trainer*
Dominican Cubs – Rookie Ball
  • Juan Cabreja – Manager*
  • Leo Hernandez – Pitching Coach
  • Oscar Bernard – Hitting Coach
  • Yudith Ozorio – Assistant Hitting Coach/Outfield Defense and Baserunning Coach*
  • Jose Alvarez – Athletic Trainer*
Venezuelan Cubs – Rookie Ball
  • Pedro Gonzalez – Manager*
  • Angel Guzman – Pitching Coach*
  • [Unnamed] – Hitting Coach
  • Arnaldo Goite – Athletic Trainer

* – New Positions for 2014
2013 Minor League Managers and Coaching Staffs

2014 Minor League Coordinators

The Cubs officially announced the minor league field coordinators on Wednesday.

Tim Cossins returns as the Cubs’ minor league field coordinator. Derek Johnson stays on as the Cubs’ minor league pitching coordinator. Mike Mason will be the Cubs’ assistant minor league pitching coordinator after spending the last six seasons as the I-Cubs’ pitching coach. Anthony Iapoce remains with the Cubs’ organization and for the second year in a row he 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 last season as the hitting coordinator for the Single-A, Rookie League and Dominican League teams, Martinez returns to his familiar position of Cubs’ Latin American Field Coordinator.

Jose Flores returns 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 seventh season as the Cubs minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. Nick Frangella will serves as the organization’s minor league athletic training and performance coordinator after being the I-Cubs’ trainer the last two seasons. Chuck Baughman moved positions from the rehabilitation coordinator to the Cubs assistant athletic training coordinator. Rick Tronerud will spend his first season as the Cubs’ minor league rehab pitching coordinator and Rey Fuentes was retained as the Coordinator of Cultural Education.

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  • Rational Logic

    Cool to see Guzman back in the organization in that capacity. Always had really high hopes for him, I wish he would have made it – he was so great in 2009.

  • cubsin

    I’m quite happy to see all of the managers rehired and the pitching coaches moved up one level to continue working with mostly the same pitchers It means the front office is happy with the development staff. Also glad to see Angel Guzman and Rick Tronerud back with the Cubs.

  • Tom U

    There has been some misinformation recently about Luis Valbuena playing second base in the Venezuelan Winter League. Here are some facts:

    Despite Luis Valbuena lining up at third the past two years for the Cubs, he has 172 career starts at second as opposed to 163 at third base. Moreover, Valbuena has finished 156 games at second and only 144 at third. His fielding percentage is .989 at second and .962 at third. In short, Valbuena has been a second baseman playing third for the past two seasons.

    Valbuena’s team in the VWL, Lara, also has Royals starting third baseman Mike Moustakas. Manager Pedro Grifol is simply putting his best players on the field by having Moustakas play third and Valbuena at second.

    In last year’s VWL, Valbuena played shortstop and second, as well as third base. Nobody gave any notice then.

  • cubtex

    Do Cubs have any room on 40 man? Mariners just DFA’d Chance Ruffin. He was a very good closer for Univ of Texas. Not Corey Knebel good….but very solid. He was a high draft pick of the Tigers a couple of years ago and is still only 25. He would be a good waiver claim IMO.

    • Tony_Hall

      Once Veras is official they will be at 40. They would have to waive someone.

      • J Daniel

        Sure they could find someone to waive.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m going to use your post as a chance to remind everyone there is a 40-man roster at the top of the site that I do my best to keep current. Includes salaries, options, etc.

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1nkDWpDW0zkWq2pdfkSxWn9JjbgU26V4Lha6DfMbMXb4/edit?pli=1

      Tony is correct, once Veras is official, the 40-man will stand at 40 players.

  • Ripsnorter1

    Chance Ruffin: Just checking his career stats….
    One thing you can say about him–he’s been consistent so far.
    Both LHB and RHB are hitting .333 off of him for his career.

    LHB are slugging .762 off of him as well.

    Doesn’t appear that he’s ML ready right now.
    He’s only 25, but then again, Casey Coleman was only 25 last year.
    And LHB only slugged .717 off of him.

    Not worth a roster spot. Or I could put it this way: “Not a Chance.”

    • Ripsnorter1

      Here’s Ruffin’s MiL numbers–
      2012…50 games, 70 IP, 5.99 ERA,1.557 WHIP in AAA
      2013…31 games, 112 IP, 14 HRs allowed 3.91 ERA, 1.234 WHIP in AA and AAA.

    • cubtex

      If he had stellar stats would he have been DFA’d??? Remember his dad? Bruce “2 minutes for” Ruffin. Chance was the key piece in the Fister deal to the Mariners several years ago. I thought of him being an option to close games in Iowa and then when they flip Veras in July….he would be an option to close games. They don’t have any room on the 40 man so it is a moot point.

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