The Chicago Cubs today named Brandon Hyde as the club's director of player development, promoting him from his role as the club's minor league field coordinator.
Hyde, 38, joined the Cubs last offseason as the club's minor league field coordinator after spending the previous nine seasons in the Marlins organization, most recently as the club's major league bench coach from June 23, 2010 through the end of the 2011 season. Prior to working at the big league level, Hyde was the club's minor league infield coordinator to begin 2010 and spent the previous seven seasons as a minor league manager and coach in the Marlins system.
In 2009, his last full season as a minor league manager, Hyde guided Double-A Jacksonville to the Southern League Championship and later that year managed in the Arizona Fall League, leading the club that included Starlin Castro. He also managed two stints in Single-A (2005-06) and managed one year at Double-A Carolina (2007) within the Marlins system. He joined the Marlins organization in 2003 as hitting coach at Single-A Greensboro, a role he also served in 2004 before becoming that club's manager in 2005.
Hyde spent four seasons as a player in the White Sox organization from 1997-2000 as a catcher/first baseman and played independent ball in 2001. He was a coach for Long Beach State University in 2002 and joined the Marlins organization a year later.