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Cubs announce 2013 minor league staffs

The Cubs organization today announced their minor league managers and coaches for the 2013 season. On the teams making up the top six minor league levels, there will be four new managers, two new pitching coaches and six new hitting coaches. Below is the 2013 roster of minor league managers and coaches:

Minor League Coaches

Iowa: After serving as Chicago’s catching coordinator for the last three seasons, Marty Pevey will take the helm at Triple-A Iowa. He was also the manager of Single-A Peoria in 2009, where he was named Midwest League co-Manager of the Year. Mike Mason will return for his sixth season as Iowa’s pitching coach, while Brian Harper will make the jump to hitting coach after spending last season as the manager in Daytona.

Tennessee: Buddy Bailey returns as Tennessee’s manager after finishing four games above .500 in 2012. While managing the Daytona Cubs in 2011, he won the Florida State League Championship. Jeff Fassero also returns as Tennessee’s pitching coach, and hitting coach Desi Wilson will get a promotion after serving in the same position at Daytona last season.

Daytona: Dave Keller, in his 10th season with the organization, will be Daytona’s manager this year after acting as Iowa’s hitting coach in 2012.  Keller was an assistant on the major league staff in 2011. Pitching coach Storm Davis comes over from the Rangers’ organization, where he served as a Single-A pitching coach the previous two years. Hitting coach Mariano Duncan moves over from Tennessee, where he served the same role the previous two seasons.

Kane County: Manager Mark Johnson gets a bump from Short-A Boise to Single-A after back-to-back playoff runs with the Hawks. Pitching coach Ron Villone is another holdover from last year’s Peoria side. Tom Beyers will take over as hitting coach after 13 seasons with the organization.

Boise: Gary Van Tol will step in as the Hawks manager after spending the previous five seasons as a volunteer with the squad. He also served as an associate scout for the organization. David Rosario returns for a third straight season as pitching coach, marking his ninth year in the Cubs organization. Former Cub Bill Buckner will continue his role as Boise’s hitting coach after joining the squad in 2012.

Mesa: Bobby Mitchell will be back for his second managerial stint with Rookie League Mesa after spending the previous nine years with the Angels. Anderson Tavarez earned a promotion to pitching coach after six seasons with the Dominican Cubs, and Rick Tronerud will resume his duties as rehab pitching coach. Ricardo Medina will share the team’s hitting coach role with former first-round draft pick Jimmy Gonzalez.

Closing out the Twinkies

Soriano, LF
Fukudome, CF
Bradley, RF
Lee, 1B
Soto, C
Fontenot, 3B
Theriot, SS
Miles, 2B
Lilly, LHP

Right-hander Scott Baker (4-6, 5.59 ERA) takes the hill today for the Twins.

Coaching shakeup

The Cubs today relieved hitting coach Gerald Perry of his duties, after two and a half seasons with the club. He’s replaced by Von Joshua, who was hitting coach for Triple-A Iowa the last four seasons. Joshua was last a big-league hitting coach with the 1998-2001 Chicago White Sox.

Did you know?

Cubs assistant general manager Randy Bush played 12 seasons for the Minnesota Twins and faced right-handed pitchers in 96 percent of his plate appearances (3361-of 3480). As you can guess, he was a left-handed hitter.

His experiences as a player and, now, decision-maker are the subject of my July “Leading Off” column in Vine Line. Get the insider perspective by subscribing today.

— Sean Ahmed