First Cossins Once Removed
Patrick Mooney at The Athletic is reporting that Cubs Minor League Field Coordinator & Minor League Catching Coordinator (he did both jobs) Tim Cossins is joining Brandon Hyde's MLB coaching staff in Baltimore. So it will take two people to fill Cossins' shoes.
Cossins followed Hyde to the Cubs from the Miami Marlins after Hyde was promoted to Player Development Coordinator from Minor League Field Coordinator post-2012. (Hyde had come over from the Marlins to the Cubs as Minor League Field Coordinator after Epstein/Hoyer/McLeod took over baseball operations post-2011).
Credited with developing J. T. Realmuto and Austin Barnes as catchers when he was Miami's Minor League Catching Coordinator, Cossins has been doing double duty since moving from the Marlins to the Cubs, and is in no small part responsible for the Cubs stocked stable of young catchers (Willson Contreras, Victor Caratini, P. J. Higgins, Jhonny Pereda, Miguel Amaya, Jonathan Soto, and Henderson Perez). If Cossins had been hired by the Orioles prior to the 2018 Rule 5 Draft, the Orioles almost certainly would have selected Higgins or Pereda in the Major League Phase.
Cossins instituted sweeping changes at Cubs Minor League Camp, Extended Spring Training, and post-season instructs over the past five years, emphasizing drills & practice over games, and putting a lot of new ideas, cutting-edge technology, fun, and positivity (and music!) into the process. He is probably one of the most (if not - THE - most) creative baseball player development minds I have ever met.
I actually thought he would have been a future Cubs manager if he had remained in the organization.
First Brandon Hyde, and now Tim Cossins. Two huge losses for the Cubs organization.
Charlie 10 hours 26 min ago (view)
Lol at Nico getting nominated for riding the bench a lot.
crunch 12 hours 25 min ago (view)
RF Jason Heyward, SS Javier Baez, 2B Nico Hoerner, 1B Anthony Rizzo, C Willson Contreras, and Ps Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills gold glove finalists
bradsbeard 16 hours 21 min ago (view)
Thank you, sir! Sounds like a nice get for the Cubs, and a good project for (what's left of) the new development infrastructure.
Arizona Phil 17 hours 10 min ago (view)
There have been some holes in the AZIL east-side schedule, with one team canceling games last week (although they are back playing this week) and another canceling game this week due to CoViD-19 issue, so the other teams (like the Cubs) are making up some of the "lost" games with intrasquad and in-house "sim" games.
Arizona Phil 18 hours 5 min ago (view)
BRADSBEARD: From what I have seen of Jacob Wetzel so far (BP, fielding practice, base-running drills, sim games, AZIL games, and yesterday's intasquad game), I would say he looks like a football running back playing baseball in that he has a high motor and plays with a bit of an edge.
He has a thick body but he also has plus speed (very much like a football running back in that respect), he runs the bases aggressively, makes hard contact, has HR power, a decent arm, maybe can use some work in the outfield as far as tracking balls.
bradsbeard 1 day 7 hours ago (view)
Phil, curious if you've seen enough of Jacob Wetzel to offer an initial scouting report. Just from watching some prep video he looked pretty strong and fairly athletic (HS football player and all). Impressive numbers albeit in community college, but he was a division 1 recruit before that so he's pretty intriguing to me.
KingKongvsGodzilla 3 days 5 hours ago (view)
AZPhil, thank you for these updates! It's a nice little pick me up during this dumb year. If you have anything to say on Yohendrick Pinango, Joel Machado, Rafael Morel, or Richard Gallardo, I would love to hear it! Thanks again!
crunch 3 days 14 hours ago (view)
jim hickey new nats pitching coach.
bradsbeard 4 days 9 hours ago (view)
Several non-prospects ate up spots as well. Ultimately wish they had given a few more Rivas types a shot there.
tim815 4 days 10 hours ago (view)
Only 60 spots in SB. Others benefited more from the time.
crunch 4 days 13 hours ago (view)
not phil, but i think everyone is holding off on his potential ceiling until he gains enough weight to not look like someone you want to buy a sandwich every time you see him.
big upside if his skills can strengthen as he builds his body.
too early for a solid comp, but i wouldn't feel uncomfortable throwing ian happ's name around (bit better arm than happ, though).
bradsbeard 4 days 14 hours ago (view)
Me too. Thought it was weird he wasn't in South Bend at all.
Dolorous Jon Lester 4 days 19 hours ago (view)
I am very, very intrigued by Rivas. If the DH is unfortunately here to stay, he's a prime candidate for that and give Rizzo a day off 1B here and there. If no DH, hopefully he is a passable OF. Big believer in his hitting ability
Hagsag 4 days 22 hours ago (view)
Phil, do you think Chris Morel is the real deal?
tim815 5 days 11 hours ago (view)
Blue and Red DSL instructs rosters. No Brayan Altuve.
crunch 5 days 14 hours ago (view)
yup, they're gonna try. starts in about a month.