Cubs Announce Minor League Staff Assignments
The Cubs have named their minor league & player development staff for 2011:
MINOR LEAGUE FIELD COORDINATOR:
MINOR LEAGUE COORDINATORS:
MINOR LEAGUE PITCHING COORDINATOR: Dennis Lewallyn
MINOR LEAGUE HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
MINOR LEAGUE INFIELD & BUNTING INSTRUCTOR: Franklin Font
MINOR LEAGUE OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING INSTRUCTOR: Lee Tinsley
MINOR LEAGUE CATCHING INSTRUCTOR: Marty Pevey
LATIN AMERICAN FIELD COORDINATOR: Carmelo Martinez
Lee Tinsley, Brian Harper, Mariano Duncan, Marty Mason, Mark Johnson, and Jason Dubois are new additions to the Minor League Player Development staff, replacing 2010 Minor League Pitching Coordinator Mark Riggins, Hitting Coordinator Dave Keller, and Outfield/Baserunning Coordinator Bob Dernier (who were appointed to Mike Quade's Cubs coaching staff), and 2010 Iowa Manager Ryne Sandberg, Daytona Hitting Coach Richie Zisk, and Boise Manager Jody Davis (who will not be returning).
Mark Johnson was a player-coach at Iowa in 2010, but served as a Game Manager at Instructs this past September-October.
Jason Dubois played for the Iowa Cubs last year and had been playing in Venezuela as recently as last month.
Brian Harper had a lengthy MLB playing career (most-notably with the 1991 World Champion Minnesota Twins) and had been a minor league manager and catching instructor with the Angels, before serving most-recently as the manager of the San Jose Giants in the San Francisco organization.
Lee Tinsley played five seasons in MLB in the 1990's with SEA, BOS, and PHI, and after his playing days were over he served as a Minor League Outfield Instructor with the Angels and a base coach with both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners.
After a lengthy MLB playing career where he played on three different World Champion teams (CIN. PHI, and NYY), Mariano Duncan spent the past five seasons as the 1st base coach of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Marty Mason was a long-time coach in the St. Louis organization, where he worked with new Cubs Pitching Coach Mark Riggins. He spent the last 10+ years as the Cardinals bullpen coach under Tony LaRussa.
KKVG: Isaac Paredes is the most-impressive of the 2015-16 IFA. He has legit game power and handles himself well at SS, although I think he will likely end-up at 2B or 3B (maybe not this year, but down-the-line). It is possible that Paredes will get assigned to Eugene (and skip AZL) next month, and I would say he's the only one of the 2015-16 IFA position players who could. To accommodate Paredes at SS, the Cubs have been moving Andruw Monasterio (who was the #1 SS at AZL Cubs in 2015 and the presumptive Eugene SS going into Minor League Camp) around the infield (SS-2B-3B) at EXST.
Having been a mediocre HS player, I would think at a professional level - and in their 20's - doesn't it sound actually FUN to have a chance to play different positions in a 162-Game, uber-long season?
It has to take some of the monotony out of the job and keep you on your toes.
In fact, the best manufacturing floor job satisfaction training theories include job rotation as a way to improve employee satisfaction.
I hope Maddon can keep it going.
(It's usually KK, because his DNA is more like ours.)
Not just Maddon, but the organization as a whole. If the rumors are to be believed, they did a good job of letting Baez learn that he needed to change his approach, and Baez has done a good job listening to their instructions an adapting. Hopefully the same is true of Alomar, who is ripping up AAA.
Previous management teams haven't been as good at this (e.g. Corey Patterson).
Man, this team makes you greedy. Going into Pittsburgh -- with Cole vs. Hammel Game 1 -- I was hoping for 2 out of 3. After winning the first 2 games 14-3, I now want a sweep. Same thing happened in STL. Very, very fun.
Repeating myself, but I give Maddon a lot of credit for Baez's success. Instead of talking about monster HRs and high K totals, he has talked up his defense, versatility and being a "special" player. The kid seems to have responded.
BOB: The attendance has taken a big hit since you left.
K-DUB: I think the Cubs might consider skipping Dylan Cease past South Bend and starting him at Myrtle Beach next season, especially if he gets some time at South Bend this season and pitches well there. As a southern kid with TJS history, pitching at Myrtle Beach in April is probably a lot more attractive than pitching in South Bend, but Cease can't go to Myrtle Beach if he isn't ready for Hi-A.
His story makes him someone I completely root for to succeed but it's interesting that he's not succeeding in the way anyone thought when he was just a prospect. Great defense and contact instead of power. I think failing so glaringly and getting sent back down might have been the best thing for him and his ego.
He still swings at too many balls out of the strike zone but he's making a lot more contact on them which I think is helped by the less violent swing. So we might not get all the HRs we were expecting but I'll gladly take what he's giving.
"KingKongVsGodzilla"? So - was there a winner?
Baez is looking like a pretty special player.
Love checking TCR for your writeups. Quick question - any of these 2015 positional IFAs stand out to you yet? I'm most specifically referring to Kwon, Sierra, Paredes, and Amaya, but I know there's a couple other guys from that class in EXST as well.
bored...looking at stats for the hell of it...
felix pena (26yo) moving to the pen in AAA is looking like an insanely good fit so far in a smallish sample size
13ip 4h 3bb 20K
remembering back to spring training he was regularly hitting mid-90s (though he didn't have a good spring stats-wise). as a starter in the minors he usually worked low-90s.
this could be an arm worth keeping an eye on even if he's only a 1-inning guy who was "demoted" to the pen to start the year.
Phil, historically this front office has been patient with their prep pitchers keeping their IP low and moving them one level at a time. I know I'm getting ahead of myself, and you may not be able to formulate an opinion on this, but you've seen a lot of pitchers over the years, so...
also, after tonight's loss, STL is 13-14.
also also, the wsox are 19-8.
Win tomorrow, and the Cubs would have a 6-game lead. On May 4.