CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs filled their farm director vacancy from within Wednesday, promoting Brandon Hyde from his previous position as minor league field coordinator.
Hyde earned the job over two other candidates: Alex Suarez, the Cubs’ current coordinator of player development and internal operations, and Kurt Kemp, a pro scout with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“The bottom line for us is we're just trying to develop impact big leaguers,” Hyde said. “So whether that's pitching and hitting, we're trying to get the whole package. I don't want to single out one area. Just the bottom line is, our job is to get as many guys to play in Wrigley Field as we can that are impact players.”
The spot was opened Aug. 15 when the Cubs fired Oneri Fleita, who had been with the organization since 1995 and had just signed a four-year extension last year.
“I spent the last year evaluating our system,” Hyde said. “Obviously it's the first year with a lot of us coming over here. This opportunity is exciting for me to have the relationship we know we have with the front office as well as the field staff here and the scouting system. It's a good step going forward.”
Officially, Hyde’s title will be director of player development. The 38-year old is wrapping up his second year in the Cubs organization after spending the last nine years with the Marlins, where he held several jobs, including major league bench coach for 1½ seasons from June 23, 2010 to the end of the 2011 season.
Hyde has also served four seasons as a minor league manager, including one offseason as a manager in the Arizona Fall League where Starlin Castro was among his players. He spent four seasons as a catcher and first baseman in the White Sox’s organization from 1997-2000.