Cubs Keep Minor League Managers In Place

The Cubs announced on Wednesday that all of their minor league managers will return next season, including Marty Pevey for his second season at Triple-A Iowa.

Buddy Bailey will start his third season at Double-A Tennessee; Dave Keller, returns for a third season with high Class A Daytona after leading the club to a Florida State League title and Baseball America Minor League Team of the Year honors; Mark Johnson will begin his second season in low Class A Kane County, and Gary Van Tol is back for a second year at short-season Boise.

The stability at the managerial ranks does not translate to pitching coaches. Bruce Walton, who was the Blue Jays’ major league pitching coach from 2010-12, will work with Pevey at Triple-A. Walton replaces Mike Mason, who was promoted to work under Derek Johnson in Chicago.

At Double-A, former major leaguer Storm Davis will serve as pitching coach under Bailey. Davis, who won 113 games with the Orioles among other teams, was at Daytona in 2013. Another former big leaguer, Ron Villone, will assume pitching coach duties at Daytona after serving with Class A Kane County.

And former Cubs pitcher Angel Guzman re-joined the organization as pitching coach of the Rookie-level Venezuelan League team. Guzman, rated among the Top 100 prospects from 2003-05, had his career curtailed by injuries, including Tommy John surgery in 2007.