The Chicago Cubs finally announced the coaching staff for the upcoming season, and while there aren’t any notable surprises, it’s clear the organization included coaches who are able to work with young players.
The staff will include former pitching coach Chris Bosio, who’s heralded as the responsible in the success of Paul Maholm and Scott Feldman in their short tenure with the Cubbies. Bullpen coach Lester Strode and catching/strategy coach Mike Borzello will also return.
The most notable addition, however, is the one of new hitting coach Bill Mueller.
Mueller is a former Cub who had several accolades as a major leaguer, but the most notable was the fact that he won a batting title. He also had a solid approach at the table judging by the numbers (.373 OBP, 11.1 percent walk rate on his career), and he will like work to improve the plate discipline of players like Junior Lake and Starlin Castro, just to name a few.
The Cubs ranked in the last spots in the NL in almost all offensive categories, with the exception of the power department, so it’s clear they need to improve their ability to get on base. If Mueller is able to do a good job, then players like Castro and Anthony Rizzo could be poised to have bounce-back seasons.
It’s clear that the Cubs wanted to have a development-wise coaching staff. There are several young players expected to arrive to the big league club in the next two years, and they need guys who can lead the youngsters in their process of adjusting to the big leagues.