Cubs announce minor league coaching staff, coordinators

Cubs announce minor league coaching staff, coordinators
December 18, 2013, 1:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Angel Guzman's time with the Cubs isn't over yet.

The 32-year-old ex-pitcher isn't planning a comeback, though. Instead, the one-time top prospect joins the organization as the pitching coach for the Venezuelan rookie affiliate.

Guzman, rated among Baseball America's Top 100 prospects from 2003-05, had his career derailed due to a myriad of arm injuries, including Tommy John in 2007 and a torn labrum in 2003. He made 88 appearances for the Chicago Cubs from 2006-09 -- including 14 starts -- with a 4.82 ERA and 1.43 WHIP.

The Venezuelan native last pitched in 2012 for the Los Angeles Dodgers Triple-A affiliate.

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The other notable change is the loss of Mike Mason from the coaching staff, who moves to Derek Johnson's assistant as the organization's pitching coordinator following six years as Triple-A Iowa's pitching coach.

Mason's new job led to promotions for David Rosario (Low-A Kane County), Ron Villone (High-A Daytona) and Storm Davis (Double-A Tennessee), who all moved up a level.

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Former big-league starting pitcher Brian Lawrence took over Rosario's spot as pitching coach at short-season Boise. He was 50-63 with a 4.19 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in his six-year MLB career.

Villone, a former first-round draft pick in 1992, spent last season with the Kane County Cougars, where he helped mold some of the organization's top pitching prospects.

"I learned so much from this guy," Pierce Johnson said back in June. "I think I've learned more in the past three months this year than I learned in all of college and high school put together."

"Ron is a wealth of knowledge," left-hander Michael Heesch said last summer. "You can learn so much from him. Sometimes, when I'm not throwing, I'll just be in the dugout and stand next to him and wait for him to say something, 'cause I know he's going to say something that's going to...help you out in some way or another."

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Managers Marty Pevey (Iowa), Buddy Bailey (Tennessee), Dave Keller (Daytona), Mark Johnson (Kane County) and Gary Van Tol (Boise) all retained their posts.

Tim Cossins (field/catching), Anthony Iapoce (special assistant to the GM and player development, overseeing the hitting program) and Jose Flores (infield) join Johnson and Mason as minor league coordinators.

Here is a complete rundown of the Cubs' minor league managers and staff:

 

Affiliate Manager Pitching Coach Hitting Coach/Assistant Athletic Trainer
Iowa (AAA) Marty Pevey Bruce Walton Brian Harper Scott Barringer
Tennessee (AA) Buddy Bailey Storm Davis Desi Wilson/Leo Perez Shane Nelson
Daytona (A) Dave Keller Ron Villone Mariano Duncan Peter Fagan
Kane County (A) Mark Johnson David Rosario Tom Beyers Jonathan Fiero
Boise (Short A) Gary Van Tol Brian Lawrence Bill Buckner Toby Williams
Mesa (Rookie) Jimmy Gonzalez Anderson Tavares Ricardo Medina Mike McNulty
Dominican (Rookie) Juan Cabreja Leo Hernandez Oscar Bernard/Yudith Ozorio Jose Alvarez
Venezuelan (Rookie) Pedro Gonzalez Angel Guzman Franklin Blanco Arnoldo Goite