12/16/2010 12:24 PM ET
Cubs announce 2011 minor league coordinators
The Chicago Cubs today announced the club's minor league coordinators for the 2011 season.
Dave Bialas returns as the minor league field coordinator for the 10th-consecutive season and his 17th year in the Cubs organization. A 39-year veteran of professional baseball, he has 13 seasons of minor league managerial experience, compiling a 912-881 record and leading his teams to six league championship series. As a player, Bialas spent his minor league career as an outfielder in the Cardinals system, compiling a .274 batting average in 1,019 games from 1972-82.
Dennis Lewallyn was promoted to minor league pitching coordinator. The 2011 season marks his fifth season in the Cubs organization after serving as Double-A Tennessee's pitching coach from 2007-10. He helped that club to consecutive Southern League Championship appearances in 2009 and 2010, while the Smokies' 3.79 team ERA last season ranked third in the league. Prior to his time with Chicago, Lewallyn spent 11 seasons working with Arizona's minor league system, including minor league pitching coordinator from 2002-06. He began his coaching career in the Dodgers system, working as a pitching instructor from 1983-1995. Lewallyn takes over for Mark Riggins, who was promoted to major league pitching coach.
Tom Beyers was promoted to minor league hitting coordinator after two seasons as Tennessee's hitting coach, including a 2010 campaign in which the Smokies led the Southern League with a .285 team batting average, 120 home runs and 749 runs scored. Beyers has been in Chicago's farm system as a minor league manager or hitting coach since 2000, following 21 seasons in the Dodgers chain as a minor league player, coach or manager. Beyers takes over for Dave Keller, who was promoted to major league staff assistant.
Franklin Font enters his third season as infield coordinator after coaching or managing in the Cubs organization since 2002. Font, who played in the Cubs minor league system from 1995-2000, steered Rookie-League Mesa to a 31-24 record in 2008. He also managed the Cubs Venezuelan Rookie Summer League club (2002) and the Cubs Rookie Dominican Summer club (2005-06). The former infielder was a member of Mesa's coaching staff in 2003 and 2004 and Boise's hitting coach in 2007.
Carmelo Martinez enters his 14th season in the Cubs organization, and his fourth as Latin American field coordinator. The former major league outfielder and first baseman spent 10 seasons at Mesa, handling managerial duties in 1999-2003 and 2006. His 2002 Mesa club won the Arizona League title with a 35-21 record. Martinez hit .245 with 108 homers and 424 RBI in nine seasons with the Cubs (1983), Padres (1984-89), Philadelphia (1990), Pittsburgh (1990-91), Kansas City (1991) and Cincinnati (1991).
Marty Pevey begins his second season as catching coordinator after managing the Single-A Peoria Chiefs in 2009, his first year with the Cubs organization. Pevey brings 13 years of playing experience and 10 seasons as a manager to the position. The former catcher managed the Rookie-League Medicine Hat Blue Jays (1996-1997), the Single-A Hagerstown Suns (1998), the Single-A Dunedin Blue Jays (2000-2002), the Double-A New Haven Ravens (2003) and the Triple-A Syracuse SkyChiefs (2004-2005).
Lee Tinsley joins Chicago as the organization's outfield/baserunning coordinator, bringing with 10 years of coaching experience following a 14-year playing career that included five major league seasons with Seattle (1993, 1997), Boston (1994-96) and Philadelphia (1996). He was Seattle's major league first base coach in 2009-10 after serving in the same capacity with the Diamondbacks from 2006-08. Tinsley was Arizona's roving outfield instructor from 2003-05, the same position he held with Anaheim in 2002. He began his instructional career in 2001 as Double-A El Paso's hitting coach.
Doug Jarrow enters his fourth season as Chicago's strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously spent five years in the Dodgers organization, including 2003-05 as the minor league strength and conditioning coordinator and 2006-07 as the major league strength coach. Jarrow began his career as a minor league strength and conditioning coach with Tampa Bay in 1998 and with Pittsburgh in 1999.
Justin Sharpe returns as minor league athletic training coordinator for the seventh-consecutive year. He joined the organization in 2003 as the athletic trainer for Double-A West Tenn after six years as an athletic trainer in Atlanta's system. Sharpe earned the South Atlantic League's Trainer of the Year award in 2002 and was recognized with the same honor in the Southern League in 2004.
Chuck Baughman enters his sixth season as rehabilitation coordinator, and his 11th year with the organization, after joining the club as Single-A Boise's athletic trainer in 2001. His career in professional baseball began in 1999 when he was the athletic trainer for Single-A Clinton in Cincinnati's system.