Braves get Cubs coach
After one year with the Cubs as the quality assurance coach, Jose Castro is off to Atlanta as the new assistant hitting coach. The first-ever quality assurance coach in team history, Castro spent over 25 years as a minor league hitting coordinator or hitting coach in the Kansas City, Seattle. Florida, San Diego and Montreal organizations.
According to a report from the New York Post, Eric Hinske, who just finished his first year at the first base coach and was recently named Cubs’ assistant hitting coach, turned down an offer to become the Yankees hitting coach. Former Cubs hitting coach James Rowson has been rumored for the Yankees hitting gig.
The Cubs made no statement regarding Castro but did remove his bio information from its website. I’m assuming the Cubs will name a replacement before the start of spring training.
Its getting Maddoning
ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that Joe Maddon to the Cubs is a “done deal” and an announcement will be made soon. Some others have jumped on board and Cubs’ fandom has been worked up into a frenzy for the 2015 season.
Cubs Manger Rick Renteria issued a statement through his agent. “I was hired nearly a year ago to be the Chicago Cubs manager. Notwithstanding all the speculation, I continue to focus my off-season preparation on achieving the goal we established from the start: bringing a championship to Chicago.”
The rumors and speculation will run wild until either Maddon is hired or the Cubs make an announcement. Stay tuned for the daily rumor mill. The Twins, who don’t have a manager, have expressed interest in Maddon
Edwards named AFL All-Star
Cubs pitching prospect C.J. Edwards has been named to play in the Arizona Fall league all-star game on Saturday, Nov. 1. Edwards, who got the start on Monday, was the only Cubs named to the East Team. The game begins at 8 p.m. CST and will be shown on MLB Network and also live streamed on MLB.com.
Arizona Fall League—Mesa 3, Salt River 3
C.J Edwards was perfect in his start against Salt River, retiring all nine hitters he faced, one on strikes. He threw 40 pitches, 24 for strikes, and recorded four ground ball outs and two fly outs. The outing lowered his ERA to 1.80 in 10 IP.
After starting 2-for-22, RF Jacob Hannemann (.270) is feeling comfortable at the plate as he had his second three-hit game and is 8-for-last-14. The 23-year-old had two triples and scored once. 1B Daniel Vogelbach (.250) had two singles in five trips and is 6-for-last-16.
Venezuelan Winter League
Only one game on the schedule as Caracas beat Zulia 11-7. No Cub prospects saw action.
Dominican Winter League
Junior Lake extended his hitting streak to six games with two singles, a RBI double and his fourth stolen base in Estrellas’ 3-1 victory over Gigantes. He scored once and is batting .323. Lake is 10-for-26 during the streak........Estrellas’ Marcos Mateo picked up his third save, tossing a scoreless ninth with two punchouts. Mateo has 7 K in 4.1 IP.
Mexican Pacific Winter League
DH Christian Villanueva (.231) went 1-for-4 in Obregon’s 5-4 win over Jalisco. Villanueva is 3-13 in his three games.
Puerto Rican Winter League
Season begin on Oct. 30.
Australian Baseball League
Season begins on Oct. 30. Former Cubs prospect Ryan Searle is on the Brisbane roster.