The Chicago Cubs have reportedly filled their open hitting coach position as they plan to hire Tampa Bay minor-league hitting coordinator Greg Brown.
As reported by The Athletic, the Cubs are looking to bring some of the Rays' developmental magic to the North Side to replace Anthony Iapoce.
Brown played college baseball at Lynn University from 1999-2003, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 2002 and finished his M.B.A. with a concentration in sports administration in 2003. He eventually signed with the Florida Marlins as an undrafted free agent. He played in their farm system until 2006 then spent the 2007 season in the Atlantic League to complete his playing career.
Brown began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Broward College during the 2008 season. Later that season, the Astros hired him as an area scout for south Florida and Puerto Rico. As a scout, he is best known for signing J.D. Martinez and Kike Hernandez, a story that's come to life this postseason at the national stage.
Nova Southeastern University hired Brown as their head coach in June of 2010. During his nine years at the helm, he produced a career record of 316-149 (.680). After winning the Division II National Championship and National Coach of the Year honors in 2016, he left college baseball to join the Rays as their minor-league hitting coordinator in 2020.
All in all, Cubs fans have to like the move considering Greg Brown's rise through the ranks in just two years. He built a successful program at the Division II level, which exemplifies his leadership skills in building a winner. He also started out as a scout, which presumably could be even better after serving as a hitting coordinator in one of the more successful minor-league farm systems in baseball.