Pelicans, Cubs make over field staff for 2019 season

The Myrtle Beach  Pelicans and parent club Chicago Cubs announced their on‐field staff for the 2019 season on Wednesday.

New to Myrtle Beach this season, Jimmy Gonzalez will take the helm for the Pelicans following four seasons managing the Single-A South Bend Cubs. The 2016 Midwest League Manager of the Year with South Bend, Gonzalez was  Rookie League Mesa’s manager in 2014 following a season as the club’s hitting coach.

The Pelicans’ staff will also welcome Brian Lawrence (pitching coach), Ricardo Medina (hitting coach), and Osmin Melendez (hitting coach) to the Grand Strand. Returning staff includes the team’s athletic trainer  Logan Severson and strength coach Keegan Knoll.

“I’m excited to welcome the new members of our Field Staff as well as those returning to the Myrtle Beach area,” stated Pelicans General Manager Ryan Moore.  “Myrtle Beach is a great location to  develop young players and I look forward to watching this staff guide the growth of the 2019 team.”

Lawrence joins the Pelicans after three seasons with South Bend as the team’s pitching coach.  He served in 2016 for the Eugene Emeralds and helped guide the team to its first Northwest League  championship since 1975. The right‐hander went 50‐63 with a 4.19 ERA during a six‐year big league  career with the Padres and Mets.

Medina comes to Myrtle Beach from the South Bend Cubs where he served as the team’s hitting coach in 2016 and 2018.  Between his stints in South Bend, Medina served as a coach for the Double‐A  Tennessee Smokies.  He has been in the Cubs system as a coach, manager or scout since 1999.
Melendez will be in his seventh year in the organization, previously serving as the hitting coach in  Eugene and Mesa.

Severson enters his fourth season as a trainer in the Cubs’ system and second with Myrtle Beach. Knoll joined the Cubs’ organization in 2018.

– Photo courtesy of MB Pelicans

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