Results tagged ‘ Moises Alou ’

2/5 Alou, Prior join Padres

There are two familiar names to Cubs fans on the Padres’ roving Minor League instructors for 2015. New to the Padres’ staff are Special Assistant/Player Development Moises Alou and Pitching Coordinator Mark Prior.

Alou, 48, also serves as general manager of Leones del Escogido in the Dominican Winter League, a role he has held since 2009. During his tenure with Escogido, the club has won three national titles in the Dominican Republic and two Caribbean Series championships. Alou also served as GM of the Dominican Republic team that won the 2013 World Baseball Classic.

Before joining Escogido, he played parts of 17 Major League seasons with the Pirates (1990), Expos (1990, 1992-96), Marlins (1997), Astros (1998-2001), Cubs (2002-04), Giants (2005-06) and Mets (2007-08). A six-time National League All-Star, he finished third in NL MVP voting twice in 1994 with the Expos and 1998 with the Astros.

Prior, 34, enters his second season with the Padres organization and his first as the club’s pitching coordinator, having joined the club’s baseball operations department in December 2013. He pitched in five Major League seasons, all for the Cubs (2002-06), posting a 42-29 record with a 3.51 ERA. During the 2003 season, he finished third in Cy Young Award voting and was named a National League All-Star, helping the Cubs win their division that season and advance to win their first playoff series in 95 years.

Prior also spent time with the Padres (2008-09), Rangers (2010), Yankees (2011), Red Sox (2012) and Reds (2013) organizations. A native of San Diego, he graduated from University of San Diego High School in 1998 where he was the 1998 CIF Player of the Year. Originally selected by the Yankees in the first round (43rd overall) of the 1998 First-Year Player Draft, Prior did not sign and instead attended the University of Southern California where he earned 2001 Pac-10 Pitcher of the Year honors as well as the 2001 Golden Spikes Player of the Year Award before being selected second overall in the 2001 Draft by the Cubs.

11/11 Castro back at work

Starlin Castro’s offseason is over. The 20-year-old shortstop has reported to the Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter Leagues and was expected to play his first game Saturday or Sunday. Former Cubs outfielder Moises Alou is Escogido’s general manager. Castro is playing without any restrictions from the Cubs.

“I came to work on my defense, primarily on my throw to first base,” Castro said.

The shortstop batted .300 in 125 games with the Cubs in his rookie season, hitting three home runs, including a three-run shot in his first at-bat May 7. He also committed 27 errors, and Cubs coach Ivan DeJesus and Minor League infield instructor Franklin Font were expected to visit Castro in the Dominican Republic this offseason to work on his defense.

Castro will find out Monday how he finished in the National League Rookie of the Year balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

— Carrie Muskat

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