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.

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  • Arizona Phil 3 hours 34 min ago (view)

    The Cubs have released minor league catcher Rafelin Lorenzo. He was selected from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the AAA Phase of the 2018 Rule 5 Draft and spent the 2019 season at South Bend. He was eligible to be a minor league 6YFA post-2020. 


  • JustSayin' 1 day 12 hours ago (view)

    The organizations will cut rosters down, as if the full-season teams were breaking camp to start the season, THEN pay the remaining minor leaguers $400/week or whatever.  That's similar to what costs would have normally been but the "one last chance" players who got spring training invitations this year and didn't have an obvious roster spot won't be getting their last chance.


  • crunch 1 day 14 hours ago (view)

    "According to Jeff Passan of ESPN, all minor league players will be receiving $400 per week from MLB through at least May 31."

    so that's where that promise landed.  the scary thing is that's still more than some in the low minors make on a weekly basis.


  • crunch 4 days 6 hours ago (view)

    "Jeff Passan of ESPN writes that the players and league agreed that the 2020 season won't start until "there are no bans on mass gatherings that limit the ability to play in front of fans, there are no travel restrictions and medical experts determine games will not pose a risk to health of teams and fans." Passan does add that the two sides "will consider the feasibility of playing in empty stadiums" and also at neutral sites.


  • crunch 4 days 12 hours ago (view)

    i miss baseball.  it could happen in may happen in late might not happen either way.

    there's so many things getting messed up right now i would get lost making a list.  there's some college guys making a serious "okay, we need to look at that guy" push that's dead.  former cubs draft pick russell smith (2017, LHP highschool) took last season off for injury (TCU college) and returned with a low 90s fastball, impressive control, and a MLB-quality changeup.  his "comeback" was 4 games and done thanks to this current situation...


  • JustSayin' 4 days 15 hours ago (view)

    COVID 19 + a short draft + Manfred's obsessive drive to shrink the minor leagues will change baseball forever.  It WAS still America's grass roots sport.  Where I live, from June through August, you could see a quality live game any day of the week, within an hour's drive.  I believe that era is over.  What's going on will have ripple effects, contracting serious college ball, college summer leagues and independent pro ball just as much as the MiLB systems.  With those changes, some of the game's charm will also go.  I've seen a kid from Cape Cod play in the Ca


  • crunch 5 days 12 hours ago (view)

    fyi for anyone who bought

    for "some reason" getting a cancel+refund via phone is like pulling teeth, but if you contact them via a webpage contact request many people are getting a cancel+refund confirmation within an hour or 2...


  • bradsbeard 5 days 20 hours ago (view)

    I imagine because the new labor agreement freezes rosters as of whenever the agreement is approved by the owners and it might affect what those guys are paid under the agreement. 


  • Hagsag 5 days 22 hours ago (view)

    AZ Phil. what was the reason that a whole bunch of teams optioned or assigned players to the minor leagues yesterday on March 26 ? Thanks.


  • Arizona Phil 6 days 2 hours ago (view)

    jdrnym: Ordinarily, players on an MLB Reserve List (40-man roster) who are on Optional Assignment to the minors do not accrue MLB Service Time, are paid at the minor league rate rather than at the MLB rate if the player has a "split" contract, and if the player gets hurt or becomes sick after being optioned, he can be placed on a minor league IL instead of on an MLB IL (so that he cannot accrue MLB Service Time or be paid at the MLB rate while he is on the IL). Also, a player who is optioned to the minors for at least 20 days will burn an option year.   


  • jdrnym 6 days 14 hours ago (view)

    AZPhil, what are the technical ramifications of optioning/not optioning guys during this period of no baseball? Seems like some teams are more eager than others to trim their roster down.


  • crunch 1 week 18 hours ago (view)

    "Major League Baseball has agreed with the MLBPA to grant a full year of service time to players in 2020 regardless of how many games the schedule includes.

    Rosenthal adds, however, that the two sides have agreed to "table discussions" on how much service time the players would receive if the worst-case scenario plays out and the 2020 season has to be canceled entirely due to the coronavirus pandemic."



  • bradsbeard 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    This one has me scratching my head too. Surely they knew Lakins would have a hard time clearing waivers. Hate to just lose Pereda like that. Feels like they gave up more for Lakins than for Sadler, and I'm guessing Sadler might have been slightly more likely to clear waivers since he's out of options. 


  • Arizona Phil 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    I think the most puzzling aspect to the Travis Lakins Caper is that the only plausible reason for the Cubs to have struck a pre-emptive trade with the Red Sox instead of waiting and hoping to win a waiver claim is that the Cubs believed that another club with a better waiver claim priority would almost certainly claim him. So to ensure that they would be able to acquire Lakins, the Cubs must have offered the Red Sox something more than the $50,000 waiver price, otherwise there would have been no point in the Red Sox agreeing to the deal. 


  • crunch 1 week 2 days ago (view)

    RedSox acquire catcher Jhonny Pereda from the #Cubs, completing the January 21 trade for RHP Travis Lakins

    ...cubs lost lakins on waivers to BAL, btw


  • erich081 1 week 3 days ago (view)

    I wore my Rick Wilkins #2 shirsey today and kept thinking real baseball was only a week away. And then I remembered this weird alternate reality we've seemed to have slipped into. Hope everyone stays healthy and safe.