Cubs promote Wilken to special assistant, hire new director of scouting

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Cubs promote Wilken to special assistant, hire new director of scouting

As the Chicago Cubs promote some of their top prospects to the major leagues, they also have begun to do so within their management positions. The team announced today the promotions of Tim Wilken to Special Assistant to the PresidentGeneral Manager and the hiring of Jaron Madison as the director of amateur scouting.
Wilken, a 30-year veteran in baseball, including seven years with the Cubs, will continue to scout high school and college prospects in addition to his scouting major league and international talent. The 2006 East Coast Scout of the Year, as named by the Scout of the Year Foundation, will also evaluate talent throughout the Cubs' minor league and major league system.
And he is certainly familiar with the team, having drafted and signed a handful of current Cubs players, including Darwin Barney, Brett Jackson, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija and Josh Vitters.
Jackson and Vitters made their major league debuts earlier this week in Los Angeles, and their Wrigley Field debuts this afternoon against Cincinnati.
Madison spent the last three seasons as the Director of Amateur Scouting in San Diego with the Padres, where he originally began his career as an associate area scout in 2002. He worked for the Pittsburgh Pirates as an area scout from 2002-2005 and for the St. Louis Cardinals as the assistant scouting director in 2008 and 2009. In between those two stints, he returned to San Diego as an assistant to the director of player development.

Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Breaking down the World Series hangover

Do the Cubs have a World Series hangover?

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