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Cubs announce minor league coordinators for 2017, Clifton’s jersey retired, and winter league recap.

The Cubs return the majority of their minor league coordinators for the 2017 season even after a World Series title.

The Chicago Cubs have announced the club’s minor league coordinators for the 2017 season.

Tim Cossins is back for his fifth season as the minor league field and catching coordinator. Cossins is the hands-on operator in the minors and is responsible for the development of catchers Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras.

Jim Brower, a former minor league pitching coach in the Royals system, starts his second year as the minor league pitching coordinator. The Cubs were more aggressive in promoting pitchers last season and you can look for more of that in 2017.

Andy Haines is back for his second year as the minor league hitting coordinator and Jose Flores returns for his fifth year as the minor league infield coordinator. Former Cub Doug Dascenzo begins his third year as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Dave Keller begins his third year as the Latin American Field Coordinator. Mike Mason returns for his fourth year as the assistant pitching coordinator and Tom Byers starts his third year as assistant hitting coordinator.

Josh Lifrak is back as the director of the mental skills program. Rey Fuentes is in his second year as the Latin Coordinator of the mental skills program and Darnell McDonald begins his third year as the mental skills program coordinator.

Other positions for the 2017 season are Doug Jarrow, 10th year, minor league strength and conditioning coordinator; Mick Frangella, 14th season, minor league athletic trainer; Chuck Baughman, 17th year, assistant athletic training coordinator; Ron Villone, 6th season, minor league rehab pitching coordinator; Jose Alverez, Latin American minor league training coordinator.

Clifton’s jersey retired

Cubs pitching prospect Trevor Clifton had his #25 jersey retired on Friday night during halftime of a basketball game at Heritage High School in Maryville, Tennessee. The Cubs 12th round pick in 2013, Clifton went 3-2 with a 3.55 ERA, recording 79 strikeouts in 39.2 innings as a senior and earned a scholarship to the University of Kentucky. The Cubs signed Clifton for a reported $375,000 bonus and the 21-year-old had his best season in 2016. Pitching for Myrtle Beach in his fourth pro season, Clifton was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year as well as Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 7-7 with a 2.72 ERA, 119 IP, 9.8 K/9, 1.16 WHIP, .225 BAA.

Venezuelan Winter League

SS Carlos Penalver (.318) was 0-for-3 with a walk in Aragua’s 7-1 win over Margarita.....2B Bryant Flete (.243) was 0-for-3 in Zulia’s 3-1 win over Caribes. 

Dominican Winter League

1B Chesny Young (.313) was 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Escogido’s 5-2 win over Estrellas. Former Cub Junior Lake (.274) homered in the loss, his second. 

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