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Cubs Rearrange Player Development And Scouting Departments

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The Cubs have made some moves to beef up both pro and amateur scouting.

Doug Pensinger

Earlier Tuesday, the Cubs announced that assistant general manager Randy Bush was being given a three-year contract extension. They also announced quite a number of shuffles in the player development and scouting departments. Rather than try to analyze these, I present them as they were set out in a team press release. Some of these men are new hires; some were already in the organization. Shane Farrell, named below, is the son of Red Sox manager John Farrell.

Player Development

- Brandon Hyde, Director of Player Development.

- Tim Cossins, Field Coordinator. Cossins joins the Cubs from the Marlins organization.

- Alex Suarez, Assistant Director of Player Development/International Scouting. For Suarez, this is a promotion from coordinator of player development/international scouting.

- David Macias, Player Development/International Scouting Assistant. Macias was an outfielder in the Cubs minor league system from 2008-11.

Amateur Scouting

- Jaron Madison, Director of Amateur Scouting.

- Lukas McKnight, Assistant Director of Amateur Scouting. For McKnight, this is a promotion from regional crosschecker.

- Shane Farrell, Amateur Scouting Assistant. Farrell pitched for Marshall University from 2008-11 and scouted the Cape Cod League last summer.

Additionally, the Cubs have hired Chris Clemons, JP Davis and Alex Lontayo as new area scouts, while Mark Adair is now a regional crosschecker after previously serving as a pro scout.

International Scouting

- Louie Eljaua, Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of International Scouting.

- Alex Suarez, Assistant Director of Player Development/International Scouting.

- David Macias, Player Development/International Scouting Assistant.

- Paul Weaver, International Scouting crosschecker, coordinator of Pacific Rim Scouting.

Pro Scouting

- Joe Bohringer, Director of Pro Scouting.

- Andrew Bassett, Pro Scouting Coordinator. For Bassett, this is a promotion from baseball operations assistant.

Additionally, the Cubs have promoted Jake Ciarrachi to pro scout (from pro scouting coordinator) and hired the following new pro scouts: Steve Boros, Terry Kennedy and Mark Kiefer. Denny Henderson and Steve Hinton have moved to pro scouting from amateur scouting. The Cubs have also hired Jason Karegeannes and Brad Kullman as major league scouts, joining Dave Littlefield (special assistant to the GM/major league scout).