Cubs announce Minor League Managers, Coaching Staffs and Field Coordinators for the 2017 season
The Cubs announced Friday the organization’s minor league managers, coaching staffs and field coordinators for the 2017 season.
The top five teams in the Cubs’ system will all have the same skippers as last season. Marty Pevey (Triple-A Iowa), Mark Johnson (Double-A Tennessee), Buddy Bailey (High-A Myrtle Beach), Jimmy Gonzalez (Low-A South Bend) and Jesus Feliciano (Short-Season Class-A Eugene) will all be back at the helm in the same dugouts as a year ago.
Buddy Bailey led the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to its second straight Carolina League Championship. Jesus Feliciano led the Eugene Emeralds to the Northwest League Championship last season, the first for the Emeralds in over 40 years. And Jimmy Gonzalez will look to return to the playoffs with the South Bend Cubs next season.
The Cubs promoted Desi Wilson and Mariano Duncan to Triple-A Iowa. Wilson and Duncan replace Brian Harper, who departed to take a similar position in the Tigers’ organization, as Triple-A Iowa’s hitting coaches.
Brian Lawrence is the new pitching coach for the South Bend Cubs after serving in the same role last season for the Emeralds. David Rosario replaces Lawrence as Eugene’s pitching coach.
There were a total of 24 changes in the minor league coaching staffs from a year ago, with three additions that were not in the Cubs’ organization in 2016.
Cubs 2017 Minor League Managers and Coaching Staffs
Iowa Cubs – Triple-A
- Marty Pevey – Manager
- Rod Nichols – Pitching Coach
- Desi Wilson and Mariano Duncan – Hitting Coach
- Assistant Coach
- Shane Nelson and Jon Fierro – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Ryan Clausen – Strength Coach
Tennessee Smokies – Double-A
- Mark Johnson – Manager
- Terry Clark – Pitching Coach
- Jacob Cruz – Hitting Coach
- Ricardo Medina – Assistant Coach
- Mike McNulty – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Mike Megrew – Strength Coach
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – High Class-A
- Buddy Bailey – Manager
- Anderson Tavarez – Pitching Coach
- Guillermo Martinez – Hitting Coach
- Ty Wright – Assistant Coach
- Toby Williams – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Jason Morriss – Strength Coach
South Bend Cubs – Low Class-A
- Jimmy Gonzalez – Manager
- Brian Lawrence – Pitching Coach
- Jimmy Farrell – Hitting Coach
- Jonathan Mota – Assistant Coach
- Logan Severson – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Ryan Nordtvedt – Strength Coach
Eugene Emeralds – Short-Season Class-A
- Jesus Feliciano – Manager
- David Rosario – Pitching Coach
- Juan Cabreja – Hitting Coach
- Gary Van Tol – Assistant Coach
- James Edwards – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- TBD – Strength Coach
Mesa Cubs – Rookie Ball
- Carmelo Martinez – Manager
- Armando Gabino – Pitching Coach
- Osmin Melendez – Hitting Coach
- Leo Perez – Assistant Coach
- Ben Carhart – Rehab Coach
- Sean Folan – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- TBD – Strength Coach
Dominican Cubs 1 – Rookie Ball
- Lance Rymel – Manager
- Jose Cueto – Pitching Coach
- Claudio Almonte and Yovanny Rosario – Hitting Coach
- Carlos Ramirez and Antonio Valerio – Assistant Coach
- Adrian Pettaway – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Amaury Gonzalez – Strength Coach
Dominican Cubs 2 – Rookie Ball
- Pedro Gonzalez – Manager
- Eduardo Villacis – Pitching Coach
- TBD – Hitting Coach
- Carlos Rojas – Assistant Coach
- Arnoldo Goite – Athletic Trainer/Assistant
- Manny Estrada – Strength Coach
Marty Pevey begins his fifth season as Triple-A Iowa’s manager after serving as Chicago’s catching coordinator for three seasons from 2010-12. Pevey served as the Single-A Peoria manager in 2009, his first season with the organization. Pevey has a combined 33 years of professional experience (13 years as a player and 20 years as a manager, coach or coordinator), and was named the 2009 Midwest League co-Manager of the Year. Joining Pevey at Iowa will be Rod Nichols, who begins his second season as the team’s pitching coach after three years (2013-15) as the Philadelphia Phillies major league bullpen coach. The 2017 campaign will mark Nichols’ 18th as a coach. Originally selected by Cleveland in the fifth round of the 1985 draft, he appeared in seven big league seasons, going 11-31 with a 4.43 ERA (203 ER/412.2 IP) in 100 games (48 starts). Desi Wilson and Mariano Duncan will share hitting coach duties for Iowa. Wilson joins Iowa in his 10th season with the organization. He was Double-A Tennessee’s hitting coach the previous four seasons. Duncan joins the I-Cubs following four years as Chicago’s high-A hitting coach. The 12-year major league veteran (1985-87, 1989-97) joined the Cubs in 2011 after spending the previous five seasons (2006-10) as the Dodgers major league first base coach. Shane Nelson is in his second season as Iowa’s athletic trainer while Jon Fierro is in his sixth season with the Cubs, his first as assistant athletic trainer with Iowa. Ryan Clausen enters his fourth season as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Mark Johnson begins his second season as Tennessee’s manager, and his seventh in the Cubs organization. Johnson’s teams have reached the postseason in four of his first six minor league managerial seasons, including a Midwest League title with Single-A Kane County in 2014 and a Mills Cup Championship with Single-A Myrtle Beach in 2015. Terry Clark begins his second season as Tennessee’s pitching coach after spending the 2014-15 seasons as the minor league pitching coordinator for the Seattle Mariners. Clark appeared in parts of six big league seasons, going 10-23 with one save and a 5.54 ERA (143 ER/232.2 IP) in 91 games. Jacob Cruz joins the organization as Tennessee’s hitting coach, after six years as a minor league hitting coach in Arizona’s farm system. Cruz, an outfielder, played nine major league seasons from 1996-2005 and hit .241 with 19 homers and 105 RBI in 409 games. Ricardo Medina begins his 19th season in the Cubs organization and his first as Tennessee’s assistant coach after serving in the same role last season for Single-A South Bend. Mike McNulty is in his fourth year as a trainer in the Cubs system, his first with Tennessee, while Mike Megrew is in his fourth season as the team’s strength and conditioning coach.
Buddy Bailey begins his second season as manager of Myrtle Beach, having led the team to its season-straight Mills Cup title last year (Carolina League Championship). Bailey enters his 29th year as a manger and his 12th with the organization. Prior to Myrtle Beach, he guided Single-A Daytona (2006, 2009-11), Iowa (2007) and Tennessee (2008, 2012-15). Anderson Tavarez will handle the team’s pitching coach duties for the season-straight season. He served as Single-A Eugene’s pitching coach in 2015 after two seasons with Rookie League Mesa. Tavarez played in the Cubs system from 2000-05 and worked as a pitching coach with the Cubs Dominican Summer League team from 2007-12. Guillermo Martinez begins his fourth season as a coach in Chicago’s organization and first as a hitting coach with Myrtle Beach. He spent last season as Single-A South Bend’s hitting coach. Ty Wright, who spent seven years as an outfielder in the Cubs minor league system, is the team’s assistant coach after serving as Single-A Eugene’s hitting coach last season. Toby Williams begins his fourth year as a trainer in the Cubs organization and his second with Myrtle Beach. Jason Morriss enters his fifth season in the organization, third with Myrtle Beach, as a strength and conditioning coach.
Jimmy Gonzalez begins his fourth season as a manager in the organization, his third with South Bend. Gonzalez made his managerial debut in 2014 with Rookie League Mesa after serving as hitting coach with the club in 2013. A former catcher, he played 14 minor league seasons after he was selected in the first round of the 1991 Draft by Houston. Brian Lawrence joins South Bend as the team’s pitching coach, having served in the same role last year at Eugene. Lawrence made his coaching debut in 2012 in the Independent Frontier League after the former right-hander went 50-63 with a 4.19 ERA during a six-year big league career with the Padres and Mets. Jeremy Farrell joins the team as hitting coach after handling the same duty with Mesa last season. Farrell, the son of Red Sox manager John Farrell, joined the Cubs prior to last season following an eight-year minor league playing career. Jonathan Mota is the club’s assistant coach, his second season as a coach in the organization following 11 seasons as an infielder in the Cubs farm system. Logan Severson joins South Bend as the team’s athletic trainer, his second in the organization after serving as Eugene’s athletic trainer last season. Ryan Nordtvedt enters his fifth season in the organization and his first as South Bend’s strength and conditioning coach.
Jesus Feliciano begins his fourth season in the Cubs organization and his second as manager for Eugene after leading the team to the Northwest League title last year. He enjoyed a 16-year playing career from 1998-2013, including action in 54 games with the Mets in 2010. David Rosario joins Eugene as the team’s pitching coach in his 13th year in the Cubs system. Rosario had the same role for South Bend last year. Juan Cabreja is the team’s hitting coach after serving as an assistant coach for Myrtle Beach last year. He is in his 14th year with the Cubs organization. Gary Van Tol will serve as a coach for the second-straight year after spending the previous three seasons as the organization’s low-A manager. James Edwards joins the Cubs organization as the club’s athletic trainer after he served as an athletic training intern for Mesa last year.
Carmelo Martinez begins his 20th season in the Cubs organization, and returns to manage Rookie League Mesa for the third-straight year. The club has reached the Arizona League playoffs each of the last two seasons. Martinez is a former outfielder/first baseman who played in the majors from 1983-91, seeing action with the Cubs in 1983. Armando Gabino joins Mesa as the club’s pitching coach following two seasons as a Dominican Summer League pitching coach for the Cubs. This follows an 11-year playing career including two stints in the majors with Minnesota (2009) and Baltimore (2010). Osmin Melendez, in his fifth season with the organization, is Mesa’s hitting coach. Last season, he was an assistant coach with Tennessee. Leo Perez begins his ninth year as a coach in Chicago’s organization and his first as Mesa’s assistant coach. Perez played in the Cubs farm system from 2003-08. Ben Carhart is the club’s rehab coach following a five-year playing career in the Cubs system. The former infielder was selected by Chicago in the 35th round of the 2012 draft. Sean Folan will serve as the club’s athletic trainer after handling assistant trainer duties in Iowa last year.
Lance Rymel is the manager of the first of the Cubs two Dominican Summer League teams after he served as Mesa’s rehab coach in 2016. He is a former catcher selected by the Cubs in the 28th round of the 2012 Draft. Jose Cueto, who spent four seasons in the Cubs farm system from 1999-2001 and 2004, is in his second season as pitching coach. Claudio Almonte, in his third year in the organization, is the team’s hitting coach after serving as the squad’s manager last year. Carlos Ramirez and Antonio Valerio are coaches for the Dominican squad for the second-straight year while Yovanny Rosario returns for his third full season as the team’s assistant hitting coach. Adrian Pettaway is new to the organization, serving as the team’s athletic trainer, while Amaury Gonzalez is the team’s strength coach for the second-consecutive season.
Pedro Gonzalez will manage the second Dominican League club for the season-straight year after managing the Venezuela Cubs the previous two campaigns. Eduardo Villacis is a pitching coach for the DSL Cubs for the second-consecutive season after holding the same role with the Venezuela Cubs in 2015. Carlos Rojas is the team’s infield coach for the second-straight season. He enjoyed a 10-year minor league career as an infielder from 2003-12, including 2003-07 in the Cubs farm system. Arnoldo Goite begins his fourth year in the organization and his second as an athletic trainer for the Dominican club. Manny Estrada enters his third full season as a strength and conditioning coach in the organization.
2017 Minor League Coordinators
Tim Cossins returns for his fifth season as the organization’s minor league field and catching coordinator following 10 years in the Miami Marlins farm system, including the final six as the minor league catching coordinator. He was also a manager in the Marlins minor league system from 2003-07. Cossins began his coaching career in 2000 and in 2001-02 was the Major League bullpen catcher for Kansas City. The former catcher played eight minor league seasons (1993-2000) in the Rangers, Yankees and Expos organizations.
Jim Brower starts his second year as the Cubs minor league pitching coordinator after spending 2013-15 as the pitching coach for the Kansas City Royals Double-A affiliate, Northwest Arkansas. He served in the same role for two seasons at Single-A Kane County prior to joining Northwest Arkansas. Brower appeared in nine big league seasons, going 33-32 with a 4.67 ERA (298 ER/574.0 IP) with 397 strikeouts in 354 major league games (28 starts). The right-hander led the majors with 89 appearances in 2004 with San Francisco.
Andy Haines enters his second year as the Cubs minor league hitting coordinator after spending 2014-15 as manager of the Marlins Triple-A affiliate, New Orleans. In 2012, Haines led Single-A Jupiter to the Florida State League Championship Series, falling one game short of capturing the title. All told, Haines was a manager in the Marlins system for seven years, compiling a 449-467 (.490) record. Prior to joining the Marlins, he was the manager of the Windy City Thunderbolts of the independent Frontier League, going 68-28, in 2007.
Jose Flores returns for his fifth season as minor league infield coordinator, and his 17th year as a coach or manager. Flores spent two seasons as manager of the Puerto Rico National baseball team (2011-12) and was a bench coach for Ponce Leones in the Puerto Rico Baseball League (2010). He handled similar duties for the Gaguas Criollos baseball club in 2008, the same year he managed the Cleveland Indians Dominican Summer League team. After playing six seasons in Houston’s minor league system (1990-95), he began his coaching career in the Puerto Rico Winter League (2001-06).
Doug Dascenzo begins his third year as the organization’s minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator. Dascenzo has 18 years of coaching experience following a career that saw him play in parts of seven seasons in the majors, including five with the Cubs from 1988 to 1992. Prior to joining the Cubs, Dascenzo spent the previous three seasons with Atlanta, including serving as the third base coach for the major league club in 2014. After retiring from baseball, he coached in the Padres farm system from 1999 to 2011, including six seasons as a minor league manager.
Dave Keller enters his 32nd season as a minor league coach or manager, his 14th year in the Cubs organization and his third as minor league Latin America field coordinator. He managed Single-A Daytona in 2013-14 and led the club to the 2013 Florida State League title after he served as Iowa’s hitting coach in 2012. In 2011, he was the Cubs major league staff assistant after seven years (2004-10) as the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. Keller was a major league staff assistant and bullpen catcher for Cleveland from 2001-03 following two years as the organization’s minor league hitting coordinator. He managed in the minor leagues in the Cincinnati (1987-89), Cleveland (1990-94) and White Sox (1996) organizations, and was named the 1993 Carolina League Manager of the Year with Single-A Kinston. The former first baseman played in the Reds organization for three seasons (1982-84).
Mike Mason begins his fourth season as assistant pitching coordinator after spending the previous six years as Triple-A Iowa’s pitching coach. He has 25 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.
Tom Beyers returns for his 18th season with the Cubs organization, and his third as the minor league assistant hitting coordinator, following two seasons as Single-A Kane County’s hitting coach. He was the short-season hitting coordinator in 2012 following one season as the minor league hitting coordinator in 2011. Beyers joined the Cubs in 2000 and was a minor league manager or coach for 11 seasons, including manager of Single-A Boise in 2004, a season in which he led the club to the Northwest League title and earned league manager of the year honors. A former outfielder, he spent his first 21 seasons in professional baseball with the Dodgers as a player, coach or manager after he was selected by Los Angeles in the 15th round of the 1979 Draft.
Josh Lifrak returns for his third season with the Cubs as the club’s director, mental skills program. He is tasked with the development, implementation and supervision of the Cubs mental skills training program for all levels of the organization. Prior to joining the Cubs, he spent 10 years as the Senior Mental Conditioning Consultant for IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Lifrak earned his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island in 1994 and earned a Masters of Science, Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Psychology from Ithaca College in 2005.
Rey Fuentes begins his fifth season with the organization and second as Latin Coordinator, Mental Skills Program, following two years as cultural programs coordinator. In this role, he oversees all educational classes and mental skills programs for the Cubs Latin American players. Prior to joining the Cubs, he coached and taught physical education in the Orlando area. Fuentes graduated from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla., in 2002 with a degree in Exceptional Student Education.
Darnell McDonald begins his third season as the organization’s mental skills program coordinator, working with players throughout all levels of the farm system. McDonald served as a Cubs baseball operations assistant in 2014 following his retirement in April after 16 professional seasons. He was selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1997 Draft and played for the Cubs in 2013.
Doug Jarrow begins his 10th season as Chicago’s minor league strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously spent five years in the Dodgers organization, including 2003-05 as the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and 2006-07 as the Major League strength coach. Jarrow began his career as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with Tampa Bay in 1998 and Pittsburgh in 1999.
Nick Frangella begins his 14th season with the organization and his fourth as head minor league athletic training coordinator. He spent the previous two seasons as Triple-A Iowa’s athletic trainer.
Chuck Baughman enters his 17th year with the Cubs organization, his fourth season as assistant athletic training coordinator. He spent the previous eight seasons as a rehabilitation coordinator and joined the organization as Single-A Boise’s athletic trainer in 2001. His career in professional baseball began in 1999 when he was the athletic trainer for Single-A Clinton in Cincinnati’s system.
Ron Villone is in his sixth season as a coach in the Cubs organization, and his first as the team’s minor league rehab pitching coordinator. He served as pitching coach for Mesa in 2015-16 following stints at Single-A Daytona (2014), Low-A Kane County (2013) and Low-A Peoria (2012). A left-handed pitcher, he played in all or part of 15 major league seasons from 1995-2009, going 61-65 with eight saves and a 4.73 ERA.
Jose Alvarez is the Latin America minor league training coordinator, a new position in the organization. He is in his fourth year in the Cubs organization, having served as a trainer for the Dominican Summer League Team.