Cubs announce 2105 minor league staff

Mark Johnson is the new manager of Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Jimmy Gonzalez is at the helm in South Bend as the Cubs announced their managers and coaching staff for the 2015 minor league season.

Mark Johnson and Jimmy Gonzalez have been promoted, Carmelo Martinez moves to the diamond, and the rest of the Cubs minor league managers will remain the same for the 2015 season.

Mark Johnson, who was named Minor League Manager of the Year after leading Kane County to the best record in professional baseball in 2014, will manage the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 2015. Moving from Low A to High A, Johnson replaces Dave Keller, who will now serve as the Cubs Latin American Field Coordinator.

The former Kane County skipper is bringing two coaches with him to the Carolina League—pitching coach David Rosario and assistant coach Chris Gutierrez. Mariano Duncan begins his third year as the Advanced-A hitting coach and Pete Fagen is the trainer, his fifth year with Cubs.

After making his managerial debut last year in Mesa, Jimmy Gonzalez has been promoted to take over the helm at South Bend, the Cubs new Midwest League home. A former catcher in the minors for 14 seasons, Gonzalez joined the Cubs organization in 2013 as Mesa’s hitting coach. Brian Lawrence, who spent ’14 in Boise, will serve as South Bend’s pitching coach and hitting coach Jesus Feliciano will move from Boise to South Bend. Osmin Melendez will join Gonzalez as the assistant coach and trainer Jonathan Fierro is the only holdover from Kane County.

After serving as the Latin American Field Coordinator for the past six seasons, former Cubs player Carmelo Martinez will manage Mesa for the second time in his career. An 18-year veteran of the organization, Martinez will be joined in Mesa by pitching coach Ron Villone and hitting coach Oscar Bernard. Ty Wright, who played seven seasons in the Cubs minor leagues, joins the staff as an assistant coach and Toby Williams is the trainer.

Back for his third season at Iowa, manager Marty Pevey returns to Des Moines and will be joined by new pitching coach Mike Cather. A former coach in the Red Sox system, Cather spent 2014 as the Padres AAA pitching coach and has ties to the Cubs front office. Brain Harper is back for his third season as the hitting coach and Leo Perez, who spent ’14 at AA Tennessee, is the assistant coach. Scott Barringer returns for his second season as Iowa’s trainer.

Familiar faces return to Tennessee for 2015 as manager Buddy Bailey, pitching coach Storm Davis and hitting coach Desi Wilson are all back. Guillermo Martinez, who spent ’14 in Boise as the assistant coach, will assume the same role in AA while Shane Nelson returns for his second season as the team’s trainer.

Gary Van Tol is back for his third season in the Northwest League as the Cubs moved their affiliate from Boise to Eugene. Pitching coach Anderson Tavares has been promoted after spending two seasons in Mesa and Ricardo Medina, who’s been with Cubs organization since 1999, is the hitting coach, after two years in Mesa. Former MLB outfielder Terrmel Sledge is the assistant coach and new to the Cubs organization.

Juan Cabreja returns for a second consecutive year as manager of the Dominican Cubs while Armando Gabino starts his first season as a pitching coach in the organization after a playing career that saw him pitch in seven games over two seasons with the Twins and Orioles. Claudio Almonte also joins the organization as the hitting coach after managing the Mariners Dominican Summer League team in 2014. Jose Alvarez begins his second season as the club's athletic trainer.

Pedro Gonzalez begins his second year as the Venezuelan Cubs manager after going 28-40 in his first season. He will be joined by pitching coach Eduardo Villacis and hitting coach Franklin Blanco. Villacis enters his first season with the organization, while Blanco begins his ninth year with the organization and his third-straight season in Venezuela. Arnoldo Goite returns as the club's athletic trainer.

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