Zapata now #Cubs Minor League coach
In January 2014, Jose Zapata was one of five Cubs prospects injured in a horrific multi-car accident in the Dominican Republic. The young pitcher suffered a broken neck, and doctors said he may never walk again. Zapata did try to return, pitching in instructional league that October.
But Zapata’s comeback stalled. Pain in his right shoulder forced him to retire as a player at 22. Now, he’s a coach for the Cubs, and he will work in Mesa this summer with the young pitchers. And Zapata is OK with that.
“The team loves me and they’ve helped me a lot,” he said Sunday. “They’re going to give me a second chance. I’m here to help the guys. I love baseball. That’s why I’m here.”
Zapata will be working with Carmelo Martinez, who is entering his 19th season with the Cubs organization and second in a row as the Mesa rookie league manager.