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Cubs Announce Big League Training Staff, Minor League Coaching Staffs

(670 The Score) The Cubs announced Thursday their big league training staff and minor league managers ands staffers for the 2018 season.

PJ Mainville is back for his sixth season as the Cubs athletic trainer. Nick Frangella will serve as an assistant athletic trainer after previously working in athletic training in the team's minor league system. Matt Johnson will also return as an assistant athletic trainer for the seventh straight year.

Tim Buss is back as the big league strength and conditioning coordinator for his 18th season.

Ed Halbur, who previously served as an assistant athletic trainer for the Cubs, is shifted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in Des Moines, his hometown.

Here's a look at the Cubs' minor league managers and staffers:

Triple-A Iowa
Manager: Marty Pevey
Pitching coach: Rod Nichols
Hitting coach: Desi Wilson
Assistant coach: Chris Valaika
Athletic trainer: Mike McNulty/Ed Halbur
Strength coach: Ryan Clausen

Double-A Tennessee
Manager: Mark Johnson
Pitching coach: Terry Clark
Hitting coach: Jesus Feliciano
Assistant coach: Ben Carhart
Athletic trainer: Toby Williams
Strength coach: Jason Morriss

Single-A Myrtle Beach
Manager: Buddy Bailey
Pitching coach: Anderson Tavarez
Hitting coach: Ty Wright
Assistant coach: Carlos Rojas
Athletic trainer: Logan Severson
Strength coach: Keegan Knoll

Single-A Eugene
Manager: Steve Lerud
Pitching coach: Armando Gabino
Hitting coach: Osmin Melendez
Assistant coach: Jacob Rogers
Athletic trainer: Sean Folan
Strength coach: Dallas Lopez

Mesa 1 (rookie)
Manager: Carmelo Martinez
Pitching coach: TBD
Hitting coach: TBD
Assistant coach: Leo Perez
Athletic trainer: Ike Ogata
Strength coach: Mike Megrew

Mesa 2 (rookie)
Manager: Jonathan Mota
Pitching coach: TBD
Hitting coach: Claudio Almonte
Assistant coach: TBD
Athletic trainer: TBD
Strength coach: TBD

Dominican 1 (rookie)
Manager: Lance Rymel
Pitching coach: Eduardo Villacis
Hitting coach: Claudio Almonte
Assistant coach: Antonio Valerio/Jose Zapata

Dominican 2 (rookie)
Manager: Pedro Gonzalez
Pitching coach: Jose Cueto
Hitting coach: TBD
Assistant coach: Jovanny Rosario/Carlos Ramirez

Tim Cossins, Jacob Cruz, Brendan Sagara, Tom Beyers, Mike Mason, Steve Merriman, Jeremy Farrell, Doug Dascenzo, Dave Keller, Chuck Baughman, Doug Jarrow, Jonathan Fierro, Ron Villon, Josh Lifrak, Rey Fuentes, Darnell McDonald and John Baker will serve as minor league coordinators for the Cubs.

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