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.   

CUBS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT & MINOR LEAGUE STAFF (updated 1-14-2020)
DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Bobby Basham 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER DEVELOPMENT: Jeremy Farrell
DIRECTOR OF PITCHING: Craig Breslow 
DIRECTOR OF HITTING: Justin Stone 
PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Casey Jacobson 
PITCHING PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR: James Ogden
ASSISTANT PITCHING DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR: Carlos Chantres
ASSISTANT PITCHING PERFORMANCE COORDINATOR: Mike Mason 
HITTING COORDINATOR: Chris Valaika
ASSISTANT HITTING COORDINATOR: Tom Beyers
CATCHING COORDINATOR: Mark Johnson
INFIELD COORDINATOR: Jonathan Mota
OUTFIELD & BASERUNNING COORDINATOR: Doug Dascenzo
DOMINICAN ACADEMY FIELD COORDINATOR: Dave Keller
DOMINICAN ACADEMY HITTING ANALYTICS COORDINATOR: Steven Pollakov 
MENTAL SKILLS PROGRAM COORDINATOR: Bob Tewksbury
MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: David DaSilva
LATIN AMERICAN MENTAL SKILLS COORDINATOR: Javier Guerrero 
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) 
MINOR LEAGUE ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR: Mike McNulty 
ATHLETIC TRAINING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Jonathan Fierro
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)
MINOR LEAGUE STRENGTH, CONDITIONING, AND PERFORMANCE SCIENCE COORDINATOR: Cory Kennedy 
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COORDINATOR (MESA REHAB): Doug Jarrow  
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)

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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): 

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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.

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  • crunch 17 hours 43 min ago (view)

    the news is mostly based on a Baseball America article from the 11th (behind a paywall)...so the gist of it is rather legit rumor-wise, though it's still too far in the future to call it a 100% done deal.

    btw, the cubs have been strongly linked to pursuing christian hernandez for quite a while.  the BA writer that wrote the article about the cubs links has been following c.hernandez since he was a 14yo talent and is quite familiar with him.  that signing probably is in the bag.

     

  • Wrigley Rat 19 hours 46 min ago (view)

    I don't know much about this website, but they are speculating that the Cubs may sign two of the top International Free Agents available during this signing period: https://www.cubshq.com/print/news.do?id=16441&isNe... Does anyone know if this sounds legit?

     

  • Arizona Phil 2 days 1 min ago (view)

    Minnie Minoso was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 47 and Julio Franco was playing in the Mexican League (as a DH) at age 49, so Mexican League teams clearly do not have a problem with signing older players. 

    And of course the ageless Satchel Paige was still working as a SP in AAA (with the Miami Marlins) into his early 50's (and prior to that he pitched in MLB as late as age 46).  

     

  • crunch 2 days 24 min ago (view)

    b.colon has signed to a mexican league team.  woo old dudes.  he turns 47 in may...believed by some to be older.

     

  • Cubster 2 days 8 hours ago (view)

    Replacing someone like David DeJesus?

     

  • crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    mark grace returns to chicago as an analyst/on-air-talent for Marquee.

    he won't be part of the main game calling crew, but will be doing support content during games.

     

  • Eric S 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Increasing levels of smoke concerning a possible Arenado/KB trade

    https://www.bleachernation.com/cubs/2020/02/13/cubs-reportedly-are-absolutely-motivated-to-try-to-acquire-nolan-arenado/

    Get Arenado to agree to push back his opt out a few years or so down the road and this could work out nicely for the Cubs

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    Jason Kipnis (like Brandon Morrow) was a post-2019 Article XX-B MLB free-agent who signed a 2020 minor league contract, so he gets a $100K retention bonus and an automatic June 1st player opt-out if he is not released by 12 PM (Eastern) on the 5th day prior to MLB Opening Day or added to an MLB 40-man roster or MLB 60-day IL by 12 PM (Eastern) on MLB Opening Day. 

     

  • Arizona Phil 3 days 20 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have signed post-2019 second-contract minor league FA catcher Jordan Procyshen to a 2020 minor league contract and he has been assigned to AA Tennessee.  

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 22 hours ago (view)

    Q could be subbed in for any of those too

     

  • crunch 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    darvish, lester, and mills could combine to give up 100 homers between the 3 of them.

     

  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 23 hours ago (view)

    I would have liked to give him a shot. I don't see much more out of a Chatwood and Alec Mills competition for the 5th spot.

     

  • crunch 4 days 2 hours ago (view)

    M's sign him 1/2m

     

  • crunch 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    walker throwing for the M's today...hopefully they see something they like and can outbid the cubs.  it should be easy since the cubs seem to be hiring guys with camel cash and canadian tire money.

     

  • Cubster 4 days 3 hours ago (view)

    BA ranks Cubs system @22.

    LHP Brailyn Marquez (37), SS/OF Nico Hoerner (40), OF Brennen Davis (94)

    Skinny: Towering lefty Brailyn Marquez took as big of a jump as any pitcher in the minors and has drawn comparisons to both Aroldis Chapman and David Price. Nico Hoerner got a taste of the big leagues, too. The system still has a ways to go to return to prominence, however.

     

  • Charlie 4 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Probably an upgrade over Descalso, but not clearing that very low bar by very much.