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12/11 Minor League staffs

Marty Pevey will return to managing as skipper of the Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa team, Buddy Bailey stays at Double-A Tennessee, Dave Keller will skipper Class A Daytona, and Mark Johnson will manage the new Class A Kane County affiliate. The Cubs announced the Minor League staffs on Tuesday.

Pevey, 51, just completed his third season as the Minor League catching coordinator. He last managed in 2009 with Class A Peoria, when he was named Midwest League manager of the year, leading the team to an 81-57 record. Mike Mason will return as Iowa pitching coach and Brian Harper, who was Daytona’s manager last season, will join the Triple-A team as hitting coach. Harper was the Mesa Solar Sox hitting coach in the Arizona Fall League this year.

This will be Bailey’s second straight season with Tennessee, and 24th as a Minor League manager. Bailey, 55, guided the Smokies to a 72-68 record in 2012, and picked up his 1,600th win on July 6. He ranks fourth among active managers in wins. Jeff Fassero will return as Tennessee pitching coach and Desi Wilson will move up from Daytona to be the Smokies hitting coach.

Keller, 53, was Iowa’s hitting coach last season and a special assistant to the Major League team in 2011. This will be his 10th season in the Cubs organization. He has managed in the Minor Leagues for the Reds, indians and White Sox. Mariano Duncan will join Keller as Daytona’s hitting coach and Storm Davis will join the Cubs’ organization as the team’s pitching coach.

The 2013 season will be the Cubs’ first in Kane County after eight years in Peoria, and Johnson, 37, will be at the helm. The former big league catcher has managed Class A Boise for two years, and the Hawks won the second-half East division with a 24-14 record. Boise won the Northwest League East Division Series, but lost to Vancouver in the best-of-three league championship series, 2-1.
Johnson will be joined at Kane County by pitching coach Ron Villone and hitting coach Tom Beyers.

Gary Van Tol, who has 20 years of coaching experience, will take over as Class A Boise manager. David Rosario returns as the Hawks pitching coach, and Bill Buckner will return as hitting coach for his second season. Buckner enjoyed a 22-year Major League playing career, playing for the Cubs from 1977-84. Jonathan Fierro, son of former Cubs athletic trainer John Fierro, will begin his first season as Boise’s athletic trainer.

Bobby Mitchell will stay as manager for the Mesa Rookie League team, which will have two hitting coaches in Ricardo Medina and Jimmy Gonzalez. Medina has been a coach, manager or scout in the Cubs organization since 1999. Gonzalez is a former catcher who played 14 Minor League seasons after he was selected in the first round by the Astros in 1991.

Yudith Ozorio will manage the Dominican squad, the same position he has held for the past three seasons. Leo Hernandez will serve as the pitching coach in his 18th year with the club while Oscar Bernard makes his organization debut as the club’s hitting coach. Osmin Melendez will serve as the Venezuelan Cubs manager, a newly created team. He will be joined by hitting coach Franklin Blanco, who begins his seventh year with the organization.

* The Cubs also announced their Minor League coordinators for the 2013 season, including four newcomers to the organization. Tim Cossins takes over as field coordinator after 10 seasons in the Marlins farm system, including the last six as the catching coordinator. Cossins takes over for Brandon Hyde, who was promoted to director of player development in August.

Derek Johnson is the new Minor League pitching coordinator after 11 seasons at Vanderbilt University as the team’s pitching coach, including the last three as the school’s associate head coach/pitching coach. Johnson earned National Pitching Coach of the Year honors in 2004 and National Assistant Coach of the Year honors in 2010.

Anthony Iapoce, the special assistant to the general manager and player development, will oversee the Minor League hitting program while contributing to additional projects within the organization. He has spent the last three seasons as roving hitting coordinator for the Blue Jays.

Carmelo Martinez enters his 16th season in the Cubs organization, and his first as hitting coordinator for the Cubs Single-A, Rookie League and Dominican League teams. He was the Latin American field coordinator for the previous five years (2008-12). Jose Flores joins the Cubs as Minor League infield coordinator, and will begin his 13th year as a coach or manager. Lee Tinsley enters his third year as the outfield/base running coordinator.

– Carrie Muskat

8/31 Iowa’s season ends early

Triple-A Iowa’s season ended Thursday night with a 6-1 loss to Nashville. The Iowa team will not play its scheduled weekend series in New Orleans because of Hurricane Isaac. The Pacific Coast League announced the four-game series will be canceled after assessing the conditions in New Orleans and surrounding areas. The Iowa team finished 53-87 with the loss Thursday.

– Carrie Muskat 

8/28 Minor League report

Greg Rohan and Dave Sappelt each homered in Iowa’s 4-3 loss to Nashville on Monday night. Seth McClung took the loss, giving up four runs on eight hits and four walks over five innings. Esmailin Caridad, Jaye Chapman and Marcus Hatley each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Jae-Hoon Ha hit a three-run homer in the first to back Dae-Eun Rhee and lift Tennessee to a 5-3 win over Mobile. Rhee gave up one earned run over five innings, striking out six. Junior Lake and Logan Watkins each had two hits.

Daytona’s game against Clearwater was postponed because of the weather.

Starling Peralta gave up two runs over six innings inpeoria’s 7-3 win over Wisconsin. Jacob Rogers hit his second home run in as many days and Jorge Soler scored two runs, hit a double and stole a base. It was Peralta’s eighth quality start.

Boise, which has secured a post-season spot, opens its final regular season home stand on Tuesday against Everett.

Yasiel Balaguert hit a three-run home run in the second inning to help Mesa beat the Giants, 3-1.

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 Minor League report

Ty’Relle Harris, subbing for Brooks Raley, picked up his first Triple-A win, giving up two runs over six innings in Iowa’s 7-4 win over Reno. Harris struck out five. James Adduci drove in three runs, and Dave Sappelt had two hits and two RBIs.

Jake Brigham, making his second start since he was acquired from the Rangers for Geovany Soto, gave up six runs over two-thirds of an inning in Tennessee’s 10-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits and one RBIs.

Austin Kirk gave up one run over 5 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 6-1 win over Lakeland. Javier Baez had his first multi-hit game with Daytona, going 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Kirk won his third straight and now is 7-3 with a 3.13 ERA. Christian Villanueva had two RBIs.

Starling Peralta struck out 14 and gave up two hits over seven innings in Peoria’s 5-3 win over Clinton. Peralta ended a personal three-game losing streak with the win. He did not give up a hit until serving up a two-run homer in the sixth. Zeke DeVoss went 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple.

Daniel Vogelbach hit his third home run in Boise’s 6-3 loss to Everett. James Pugliese gave up one run over four innings. Gioskar Amaya had two hits, including a triple.

Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in three runs in Mesa’s 6-1 win over the Angels. Albert Almora stole two bases and Jorge Soler drove in a run and stole two bases.

– Carrie Muskat

8/6 Raley to start Tuesday

Left-hander Brooks Raley will make his Major League debut Tuesday for the Cubs, replacing Matt Garza in the Cubs rotation. When he starts, Raley (@BrooksRaley) will be the 14th rookie the Cubs have used this season, and seventh pitcher. A sixth-round pick in 2009, Raley began the season with Double-A Tennessee and was 2-2 with a 3.51 ERA in eight starts, striking out 29 over 48 2/3 innings. He was bumped up to Triple-A Iowa, where he was 4-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 14 starts. He struck out 69 and walked 28 over 82 innings, and opponents were batting .272 against him. In his last start Aug. 2, he gave up six runs on 10 hits over six innings. Garza was sent back to Chicago to have his right elbow examined, and was expected to be placed on the disabled list.

– Carrie Muskat

8/6 Minor League report

Casey Coleman struck out eight over six shutout innings in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Reno on Sunday. The Iowa Cubs now have lost 16 of their last 18 games. The eight Ks for Coleman were one shy of his career high.

Nelson Perez hit his fifth home run in Tennessee’s 5-4 loss to Jackson. Justin Bour had two hits, including a double, and one RBIs. Trey McNutt threw three innings of relief, giving up one hit and striking out three.

Christian Villanueva had two hits in Daytona’s 4-2 loss to Dunedin. P.J. Francescon started and gave up two unearned runs over two innings.

Michael Jensen gave up one run over five innings in Peoria’s 3-2 loss to Clinton. He has not given up more than two runs in each of his last four starts.

Daniel Vogelbach hit a solo homer with two outs in the 11th to lift Boise to a 10-9 win over Spokane. It was Vogelbach’s second homer since joining the Hawks. Trey Martin had three hits and two RBIs and Lance Rymel had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs.

Duane Underwood gave up three earned runs on three hits over one-third of an inning in Mesa’s 8-6 loss to the Giants. Ben Carhart had two hits and one RBIs.

NEWS & NOTES

* Tennessee’s Justin Bour was named the Southern League Hitter of the Week for July 30-Aug. 5. He batted .409 (9-for-22) with three home runs and nine RBIs. One of those home runs was a walkoff hit in a 1-0 win over Pensacola. He leads all active Smokies in hits (123), doubles (30), home runs (14), RBIs (92), total bases (195) and slugging percentage (.481), and ranks first in the Southern League in RBIs, is second in hits and doubles, third in hitting (.304) and fifth in slugging percentage.

* Lendy Castillo, the Cubs’ pick in the Rule 5 Draft, will begin a rehab assignment Monday with Tennessee. Castillo, 22, appeared in seven games with the Cubs before he was sidelined with a groin injury.

– Carrie Muskat

8/3 Iowa Cubs Friday update

The Iowa Cubs lost 4-1 Friday night, and lost another pitcher. Rodrigo Lopez was placed on the DL with a shoulder problem, and Ryan Rowland-Smith called up to make a spot start. Rowland-Smith delivered a quality start, giving up one run on two hits and striking out six over six innings, but it wasn’t enough. Jaye Chapman, acquired in the Braves’ deal, took the loss, giving up three runs in one inning.

* Blake Parker, on the disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction, has joined Iowa to begin his rehab assignment.

– Carrie Muskat

7/31 Roster moves

Expect catcher Welington Castillo, infielder Adrian Cardenas and pitcher Casey Coleman to join the Cubs Tuesday night in Chicago. With the loss of Paul Maholm, Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto, the Cubs need a backup catcher, another starter and a utility player. Castillo was batting .260 in 44 games with six home runs, six doubles and 22 RBIs for Iowa. Coleman was 2-4 with a 5.01 ERA in 11 games (nine starts) for Iowa. Cardenas was batting .322 in 56 games with Iowa, hitting two home runs, 20 doubles, and four triples. All three have had brief callups with the Cubs.

Steve Clevenger was expected to take over as the Cubs regular catcher.

“I’ll just prepare myself every day like I’ve been doing,” Clevenger said. “I’m not taking anything for granted. I’ll go out and play the game hard like I was playing before. Other than that, just try to win.”

– Carrie Muskat

7/30 Iowa Cubs moves

The Cubs have signed outfielder Jeff Frazier to a Minor League contract, and assigned him to Triple-A Iowa. Also, infielder Blake DeWitt and pitcher Rafael Dolis were placed on Iowa’s disabled list. DeWitt has a lower back strain and Dolis has a sore left knee. Both were sent to the Cubs complex in Mesa, Ariz., to rehab.
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Frazer, 29, began the season with Reynosa in the Mexican League and hit .273 with three homers and 14 RBIs in 34 games.  He also played in 23 games with Triple-A Toledo from May 3-June 16 this year and hit .190 with a homer and five RBIs before he was released.  It was his third stint with the Tigers’ organization.  The Tigers drafted Frazier in the third round of the 2004 Draft out of Rutgers University, and he was rated the Tigers‘ seventh-best prospect in 2005. Frazier made his Major League debut with the Tigers in 2010 and was 5-for-23 (.217) in nine games.  Last year, Frazier played at Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals organization and batted .226 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 118 games.  Frazier hails from Toms River, NJ and was part of the city’s Little League World Series team in 1995.  His younger brother, Todd, plays for the Reds.
– Carrie Muskat

7/26 Minor League report

Chris Rusin gave up seven runs on 10 hits over five innings in Iowa’s 10-8 Wednesday loss to Oklahoma City. The Iowa Cubs now have lost seven games in a row. Rusin struck out seven and walked two. Dave Sappelt, Adrian Cardenas and James Adduci each had two hits.

* The Cubs announced that right-handed pitcher Jairo Asencio was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa.

Junior Lake hit two home runs and drove in four runs in Tennessee’s 7-5 win over Jacksonville. Dae-Eun Rhee gave up three earned runs over five innings for the win. Nelson Perez had two hits, including a home run. Lake now is batting .285. Justin Bour had three hits and one RBIs.

Daytona was swept in a doubleheader by Brevard Count. In the first game, P.J. Francescon gave up six runs over 3 2/3 innings in a 6-4 loss. Rafael Lopez homered and had two RBIs. Matt Szczur stole three bases. In the second game, Szczur had two hits and one more stolen bases in a 3-0 loss.

Joseph Zeller gave up no earned runs in Peoria’s 8-6 win over Cedar Rapids. Javier Baez had two hits and now is batting .360 in July. Zeller has not given up an earned run in his last three appearances.

Dong-Yub Kim hit his fourth homer but it wasn’t enough in Boise’s 10-8 loss to Yakima. Daniel Vogelbach had three hits, and Rock Shoulders and Gioskar Amaya each had two.

– Carrie Muskat

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