Cubs 2020 Player Development & Minor League Staff Assignments

Here are the 2020 Cubs Player Development and minor league staff assignments (at least a couple of positions still TBA). 

Of note is the Cubs first female field coach, the re-naming/re-designating of AZL Cubs #1 to AZL Cubs Blue, AZL Cubs #2 to AZL Cubs Red, DSL Cubs #1 to DSL Cubs Blue, and DSL Cubs #2 to DSL Cubs Red, and some re-definition of roles and job titles.   

Three of the new hires (Director of Hitting Justin Stone, South Bend Hitting Coach Dan Puente, and AZL Cubs Blue Assistant Coach Rachel Folden) come to the Cubs from Chicago-based Elite Baseball Training, and another (Pitching Development Coordinator Casey Jacobson) comes to the Cubs from Driveline Baseball in Kent, WA.   

IOWA: Marty Pevey (Manager), Ron Villone (Pitching Coach), Desi Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Will Remillard (Assistant Coach)
TENNESSEE: Michael Ryan (Manager), Charlie Haeger (Pitching Coach), Chad Allen (Hitting Coach), and Chase Spivey (Assistant Coach)
MYRTLE BEACH: Steve Lerud (Manager), Anderson Tavarez (Pitching Coach), Paul McAnulty (Hitting Coach), and Wil Skett (Assistant Coach)
SOUTH BEND: Buddy Bailey (Manager), Jamie Vermilyea (Pitching Coach), Dan Puente (Hitting Coach), and Ricardo Medina (Assistant Coach)
EUGENE: Lance Rymel (Manager), Armando Gabino (Pitching Coach), Osmin Melendez (Hitting Coach), and Travis Fitta (Assistant Coach)
AZL CUBS BLUE: Carmelo Martinez (Manager), Doug Willey (Pitching Coach), Jacob Rogers (Hitting Coach), and Rachel Folden (Assistant Coach) 
AZL CUBS RED: Jimmy Gonzalez (Manager), Tony Cougoule (Pitching Coach), Eric Patterson (Hitting Coach), and Carlos Rojas (Assistant Coach)
MESA REHAB: Josh Zeid (Rehab Pitching Coordinator) and Tyler Pearson (Rehab Coach)
DSL CUBS BLUE: Carlos Ramirez (Manager), Jose Zapata (Pitching Coach), D'Angelo Jimenez (Hitting Coach), and Chris Pieters (Assistant Coach) 
DSL CUBS RED: Leo Perez (Manager), Luis Hernandez (Pitching Coach), Enrique Wilson (Hitting Coach), and Jovanny Rosario (Assistant Coach) 
ATHLETIC TRAINERS: Ed Halbur and Toby Williams (Iowa), James Edwards (Tennessee), Logan Severson (Myrtle Beach), Matt Hussey (South Bend), Sean Folan (Eugene), Ike Ojata (AZL Cubs Blue), German Suncin (AZL Cubs Red), Leroy Martinez (DSL Cubs Blue), and Arnoldo Goite (DSL Cubs Red)
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACHES: Keegan Knoll (Iowa), Dallas Lopez (Tennessee), TBA (Myrtle Beach), TBA (South Bend), TBA (Eugene), Ryan Clausen (AZL Cubs Blue), Andres Rondon (AZL Cubs Red), Manny Estrada (DSL Cubs Blue), and Amaury Gonzalez and Tomas Sanchez (DSL Cubs Red)


Cubs have signed Jason Adam RHP to a minor league contract.

THE Jason Adam? Man, I don't know where they found the money for that.

"Bob Nightengale of USA Today writes that the Braves' trade negotiations for Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant are "expected to be revisited." "

Acuna, Albies and maybe one or two of their high end pitching prospects should seal the deal -- and that's if KB wins his grievance case!

I would think the starting point in the discussion of a return package for Kris Bryant would be a young MLB (or near MLB-ready) SP who is both more MLB-ready than Brailyn Marquez and with a higher upside than Adbert Alzolay or Alec Mills, meaning Ian Anderson or Kyle Wright (ATL), Zac Gallen (AZ), Spencer Howard (PHI), or Luis Patino (SD), presuming those teams would have interest in acquiring KB in a trade.

TEX and maybe WAS would probably be interested, too, but the Rangers top two SP prospects (Hans Crouse and Cole Winn) and the Nationals top SP prospect (Jackson Rutledge) are just too far away from MLB to be the SP centerpiece in a Bryant trade, unless the Cubs are willing to punt the 2020 season.     

Wouldn't be shocked if they did punt this season.  Someone is getting moved - it would shock me more if they stay status quo with respect to KB and/or Contreras.  Still can't picture them trading Javy 

Some possible price tags for Kris Bryant (but only if he loses his grievance and has two years of club control left): 


AZ: RHSP Zac Gallen, RHSP Jon Duplantier, and INF Andy Young (plus INF Daniel Descalso for 3B-1B Jake Lamb to save about $3M in 2020 salary for AZ after adding Bryant - Lamb 2020 AAV about $5.5M versus Bryant/Descalso combined 2020 AAV about $21M so Cubs subtract about $15.5M in 2020 AAV by making this trade and then could sign Nicholas Castellanos if they can trade Jose Quintana's $10.5 salary without a salary offset). Bryant plays 3B for D'backs for two seasons while their up & coming farm system matures. 

ATL: RHSPs Ian Anderson, Kyle Wright, and/or Bryce Wilson (Braves keep one - ATL choice), and 3B Austin Riley, plus CF Albert Almora for CF Ender Inciarte (Bryant/Almora 2020 combined AAV about $20M offset by Inciarte's $6M AAV for a $14M AAV reduction for Cubs, and then if Cubs can trade Quintana without salary offset they can sign Castellanos). Braves would have no use for Austin Riley if they acquire Bryant and they have more young SP than they need, and they save about $5.5M off Bryant's 2020 $18.6M salary by exchanging Inciarte's7M 2020 salary for Almora;s $1.575M (Inciarte's 2020 AAV is $1M lower than his actual 2020 salary because his contract has annual salary escalators).   

LAD: RHSPs Dustin May, Tony Gonsolin, and/or Josiah Gray (Dodgers keep one - LAD choice) and 3B Kody Hoese, plus INF Daniel Descalso for CF A. J. Pollock (Bryant/Descalso combined $21M 2020 AAV offset by Pollock's $14M 2020 AAV subtracts $7M from Cubs 2020 AAV and would take them under the CBT threshhold by only about $3M so they would not be able to sign Castellanos even if they trade Quintana). And Dodgers get out from under Pollock contract they won't need if they acquire Bryant. 

PHI: 3B Alec Bohm or RHSP Spencer Howard (Phillies keep one - PHI choice), RHSP Nick Pivetta, and RHSP Vince Velazquez (so exchanging Velazquez's $3.6M 2020 salary offsets Bryant's $18.6M 2020 salary a bit for the Phils, and Cubs save $15M in 2020 AAV and if they can trade Quintana without a salary offset they can sign Castellanos). And Bryce Harper then has a buddy on the team for two years. 
SD: RHSP Luis Patino or LHSP Adrian Morejon (Padres keep one - SD choice) and RHSP Dinelson Lamet, plus INF Daniel Descalso for INF-OF Wil Myers (a 100% salary offset for SD in 2020 but Myers and Lamet combined 2020 AAV is only $15M vs Bryant/Descalso combined AAV $21M so Cubs gain $6M in 2020 AAV and thereby get under 2020 CBT by only $2M by making this trade so they would not be able to sign Castellanos even if they trade Quintana). Bryant would play RF (not 3B) for SD and Padres unload the onerous Myers contract (actual annual salaries 2020-22 are worse than the AAV because he signed the extension three years before he was eligible to be a FA). 

Really all it takes is one club to view KB as the guy who can put them over the top and for that club to be worried that a competitor will get him. 

As for where Jose Quintana is likely to go if he gets traded, most likely landing spots (presuming the other club is willing to pay all of Quintana's 2020 salary) are MIN, TOR, LAA, OAK, and HOU.   

You have done your homework Phil. 

cubs sign tyler olsen to a minor league contract, 650K if he makes the majors.

evidently the cubs are sourcing 2020 players out of that trash can houston was banging on.

it gets better...

"Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Cubs have "considered/discussed" Jacoby Ellsbury."

sigh.  dude hasn't played in 2 seasons and is 36.5 years old.

Cubs acquire Casey Sadler from LA....another Tommy John Surgery pitcher.  Theo does it again.

at least they gave up a chunk of nothing for him (clayton daniel, no power (not even doubles power), not notable speed, middle IF/OFr).

it would probably be better appreciated by fans if the entire offseason wasn't stuff like this.

it's obvious the front office is trying to work with what they have...which is little to nothing from the ownership.

The Cubs have a better talent pipeline than on Thursday.

I'm good.

Unfortunately (for the Cubs) Casey Sadler doesn't fit as a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider because he is out of minor league options and he can elect free-agency if he is outrighted (he has Article XX-D rights because he been outrighted previously in his career). 

And Tyler Olson has a similar profile as Casey Sadler (out of minor league options and has Article XX-D rights if he is added to the 40), the only difference being (unlike Sadler) Olson will come to Spring Training not on the 40 so he can be sent to Iowa without restrictions, but if & when he's added to the 40 he isn't a Des Moines - Chicago shuttle-rider candidate. 

I agree, this offseason has been a disgrace.  If I'm Theo I'm thinking I am in OAK or CHI?  This ownership has given him nothing this year.  Even the cheap Twins are willing to sign Josh Donaldson and the Cubs biggest transaction this offseason may be adding Miguel Amaya to the 40 man.

My son's name is Tyler Olsen (obviously spelled different, and only 6 but a future Cub), so I am rooting for Tyler to make the team. 

"Cubs' pitching coach Tommy Hottovy said Friday that Brandon Morrow (elbow) will be on the same schedule as the rest of the Cubs' pitchers during spring training."

that's cool.  no restrictions unless the team chooses to be cautious, evidently.

also they signed C josh phegley to a minor league deal.  meh glove, great arm.  he's not a guy you want paired with a pitcher who has a lot of movement on their stuff, but he's rather reliable if he's not challenged too much.  for those that are fans of "pitch framing" he's one of the worst, but worrying about the 1-2 pitches outside of the "missed call" norm effect per game is best left for Baseball Prospectus to freak out about and pretend it's extremely important.  he got off to a hot start with his power last season for a couple months then sharply declined...still, he's got the capability in him.  that's about all you can say about the bat because he's not much for hits and he doesn't know how to take a walk.  cheap/experienced organizational depth that won't hurt as a major league injury replacement or backup catcher.

Is Brailyn Marquez getting any time in big league camp? Having him around the veterans would seem a solid use of resources.

Thanks, as always.

Recent comments

Subscribe to Recent comments
The first 600 characters of the last 16 comments, click "View" to see rest of comment.
  • Dolorous Jon Lester 9 min 54 sec ago (view)

    I'm a little surprised Ildemaro Vargas was tendered, given that he's out of options. He has value and isn't expensive as he is pre-arb this year, but still a bit surprised. Have to think he's got an inside track to an Opening Day spot at this point


  • waveland 8 hours 55 min ago (view)

    really appreciate the years and years of your updates


  • Arizona Phil 10 hours 49 min ago (view)

    BRADSBEARD: Strumpf was wearing a cast on his hand in Minor League Camp before everything got shut-down in March so his not being at South Bend might have had something to do with that. I don't know why Rivas wasn't at the ATS. 


  • bradsbeard 11 hours 33 min ago (view)

    Do you have any idea why Rivas and Strumpf weren't at the alternate site in South Bend? I thought Rivas especially showed enough in ST games to be viewed as a legitimate depth option, especially with the DH. 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 8 min ago (view)

    Alfonso Rivas reminds me a bit of Rafael Palmeiro when Palmeiro first came up to the big leagues and was a "doubles machine" (before he started hitting home runs).   

    Rivas played D-1 baseball at the University of Arizona, so (just like Nico Hoerner, who also played in the PAC-12) I don't think he needs a lot of additional time at AAA before he's ready for MLB. He's a very advanced hitter, as long as you are OK with lots of doubles & lots of walks but not many HR.   


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 13 hours 10 min ago (view)

    I hadn't thought of that but I really like that option


  • bradsbeard 13 hours 16 min ago (view)

    I really hope Rivas has a chance at the LF job. Would ease some of the sting of Schwarber being cut loose. 


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 17 min ago (view)

    CRUNCH: I got the impression that Ross had seen enough of Schwarber in LF, so implementing the universal DH may be necessary before Schwarber returns to the Cubs in 2021. I think the Cubs would be fine with Schwarber as their main DH going forward. 

    BTW, I strongly suspect that the universal DH will be included in the next CBA, but whether there will be a DH in the National League in 2021 is still TBA (which is really stupid, since clubs need to know right now for sure one way or the other whether or not there will be a DH in the N. L. in 2021). 


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 28 min ago (view)

    Besides the guys on the 40, Cubs 2021 NRI relievers with a legit chance to win a bullpen slot in Spring Training include LHRPs Josh Osich and Rex Brothers, and RHRPs Jake Jewell, Trevor Megill, Dakota Mekkes, Michael Rucker, and Joe Wieland (presuming they are not taken in the Rule 5 Draft). 

    Brothers and Wieland are out of minor league options, however, so if added to the 40 they could not ride the "Chicago - Des Moines Shuttle" like the others could. 


  • crunch 13 hours 34 min ago (view)

    i am rooting for the cubs to retain schwarber.

    even though he's average on the best of days in LF (except his above average arm), i would like to see him and his work ethic remain in the cubs system...the homers from the left side of the plate are nice, too.


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 56 min ago (view)

    At least as things stand right now, Kris Bryant is your Cubs de facto 2021 Opening Day LF! (Of course we know he will be traded before then...). 

    Otherwise, minor league NRI outfielders Ian Miller, Michael Hermosillo, and Rafael Ortega will be competing for Opening Day OF slots, with a legit shot to win a job.

    Even Alfonso Rivas (who was hitting rockets from foul line to foul line at AZ Instructs) and/or Eddy Julio Martinez (who has had a very good winter in the Mexican Pacific League) might have a shot.  


  • Arizona Phil 13 hours 58 min ago (view)

    I would think that both Colin Rea and Kyle Ryan must have signed contracts with minor league split salaries, otherwise I doubt very much that they would have been tendered. 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 10 min ago (view)

    With Tepera non-tendered and Winkler, Ryan, and Rea signed, the Cubs 2021 Opening Day bullpen (right now) would appear to be Kimbrel (clearly not tradeable), Wick (virtual lock), Winkler (can't be optioned without his consent), Underwood (out of minor league options), and Maples (out of minor league options), and then three from amongst Adam, Norwood, Rea, Ryan, Stock, and Wieck (each of whom can be optioned back & forth to AAA as needed).


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 29 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed RHSP Colin Rea, LHRP Kyle Ryan, and RHRP Dan Winkler to 2021 MLB contracts (terms TBD) and tendered 2021 MLB contracts to all other unsigned players on their MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) except OF Albert Almora, OF-1B Jose Martinez, OF Kyle Schwarber, and RHRP Ryan Tepera.

    So Almora, J. Martinez, Schwarber, and Tepera are now unrestricted free-agents, free to sign an MLB or minor league contract with any club (including the Cubs) without any salary restrictions.   

    The Cubs MLB Reserve List now stands at 34 (six slots are open). 


  • Arizona Phil 14 hours 51 min ago (view)

    Keep in mind that as things stand right now the Cubs projected 2021 MLB payroll is almost $50M under the 2021 CBT threshold (which will be $210M), so they don't have to worry about contract AAV if they can sign a player to a multi-year deal with a low 2021 base salary and then substantially higher salaries post-2021 (when they should be able to generate their normal attendance-based revenues --.presuming CoViD-19 is no longer a problem by that time).     


  • Arizona Phil 15 hours 31 min ago (view)

    TIME OUT: As I mentioned in the post, the Cubs cannot cut Schwarber's base salary more than 20% without first non-tendering him, so if he is agreeable the Cubs could sign him for a relatively low base 2021 salary (something like $5M) combined with performance bonuses based upon actual PA (not pro-rated PA) maybe totaling $5M (which would cover the Cubs if the 2021 season is truncated), and then maybe an additional year or two (2022-23) for something like $10M per year plus performance bonuses (again, based on PA). Schwarber could get a player opt-out as well post-2021.