The Cubs announced their Minor League staff assignments for the 2019 season.
First, the coaching staffs at each level include few surprises, with all of the managers for the club’s full season affiliates returning. You won’t find a pair of managers more experienced than Marty Pevey and Buddy Bailey. Each has coached for 30 years or more. There isn’t much those two haven’t seen or experienced.
The Iowa and Tennessee staffs return relatively intact. But the Cubs have made some switches at the A-ball level, with 2018 South Bend manager Jimmy Gonzalez (and most of his staff) switching places with Bailey, who managed in Myrtle Beach last season.
The most interesting change is pitching coach Anderson Tavarez moving from Bailey’s staff down to the Mesa complex to work with the Cubs1 team. Tavarez has had a lot of success in recent seasons helping bring out previously untapped potential in such pitchers as Dillon Maples, Trevor Clifton, among many others. It is possible the organization decided it could be beneficial for Tavarez to get to pitcher’s at a younger age, and his bilingual ability will also be an advantage with the players transitioning stateside from the DSL complex. But I may also just be reading too much into things.