The wait is finally over. The Cubs have announced their coaching staff and while there aren't any real marquee names, there was some interesting movement. There's not a big overhaul here but the Cubs did make some significant changes in areas of player development at both the major and minor league levels.
Here is your staff,,,
Bench Coach: Brandon Hyde; Hyde worked last year as the Cubs Director of Player Development.
Hitting coach: Bill Mueller: Mueller has been a hitting coach, scout, and worked in the front office as a special assistant to the GM in Los Angeles.
Asst. Hitting coach: Mike Brumley. In 2009, Brumley oversaw all minor league instruction in the Los Angeles Dodgers system, overseeing all aspects of instruction in the Dodgers' minor league system.
Pitching Coach: Chris Bosio
3B Coach: Gary Jones. Jones will also serve as the infield coach. Jones adds yet another coach with instructional experience. He was a former Padres oving minor league instructor
Quality Assurance Coach: Jose Castro, who was a minor-league hitting coordinator or hitting coach for 25 years for five different teams.
Lester Strode also returns in his bullpen coach role while Mike Borzello (catching and strategy) and Franklin Font (staff assistant) return as well.
If you don't think the Cubs were interested in A.J. Hinch in the sense that they wanted a player development guy on the bench, then Brandon Hyde moving there from a similar role should make that clear. I think it's a great move to have a great instructional guy (Hyde) and a great on the field teacher (Rick Renteria) as the top two positons in the dugout with all the Cubs young players coming up. That's hands on development.
Director of Amateur Scouting Jaron Madison assumes Brandon Hyde's role for now as far as player development while highly respected national/regional crosschecker Matt Dorey has been named director of amateur scouting.
The Cubs will name a 1B coach later.
Other than Hyde, the other interesting hire is Bill Mueller and his assistant Mike Brumley, both of those names were initially reported by Bruce Levine. Kudos to him.
Mueller is a former Cub and Red Sox who once one a batting title and owns an 11.1% walk rate and a .373 OBP for his career -- two statistics the Cubs would like to improve.
That makes 3 bilingual members on the staff (Renteria, Font, Casttro, with one spot yet still open)..and how cool and advanced is it that the Cubs now have a QA coach?
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