One bit of news we did not report yesterday on a busy day was the promotion of Brando Hyde to Farm Director.
Hyde already is on the same page with the Cubs front office, emphasizing the need for impact players regardless of position. According to Patrick Mooney of CSN, Hyde connected with VP of Scouting Jason McLeod and was viewed as the favorite from the start. He has experience as a scout, minor league coordinator, and as a coach. He has learned the game from a variety of perspectives.
Per Carrie Muskat,
Hyde, 38, joined the Cubs last offseason after spending the previous nine seasons in the Marlins organization, most recently as the club’s Major League bench coach from June 23, 2010, through the end of the 2011 season. Before working at the big league level, Hyde was the Marlins’ Minor League infield coordinator to begin 2010 and spent the previous seven seasons as a Minor League manager and coach in the Marlins system.
As we talked about earlier, the Cubs seemed disappointed that their players were reaching the major leagues with still so much to learn. Starlin Castro was brought up too early. Plus Brett Jackson, and especially Josh Vitters, have had to take a lot of instruction at the MLB level. They were not finished products by any means.
“We want to build this minor-league system to where we have complete players when (they) get here,” Sveum said. “We’ve already talked about a few, but going forward we’ll talk about a lot of things that you want to see done in the minor leagues on a daily basis. (It’s) a philosophy-type thing.
“Organizations have to have to have that kind of stuff etched in stone: This is the way we want things (done) and you’re not moving up the different levels until these things are done.”
That last part is exactly what we want to hear. For too long it seems Cubs players have been promoted just to get them to the majors quickly. There were no goals to meet. If a player was on a fast track, it seemed he would be promoted to the next level regardless of performance and what, if any, skills he had developed.
Hyde put it even more simply,
“We’re all working together to make the product out here at Wrigley Field a winner. My job is to produce players.”
Interesting concept: Produce some players from within to make a winning ballclub. Sounds good to me.