Friday, the Cubs announced several coaching hires in the minor-league system. For the first time, the Cubs will have a woman as part of their coaching staff.
Rachel Folden has been named the lead hitting lab tech and fourth coach for Rookie League Mesa. The 32-year-old Folden created Folden Fastpitch in 2010 to provide baseball and softball instruction based on biomechanics, science, technology and data. She has also served as a hitting consultant for Elite Baseball Training. She played five seasons (2008-12) in the National Pro Fastpitch league, including time with the Chicago Bandits.
I’m glad to see the Cubs opening up to new ideas and new ways of getting information to the players in the system. Congratulations to Rachel Folden on being the first female coaching hire in the Cubs organization.
Here are the other hires for the system:
Casey Jacobson is the organization’s new coordinator of pitching development. The 29-year-old Jacobson is an instructor at Driveline Baseball in Kent, Wash., and in 2019 was an assistant coach at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, S.D., following five seasons as the pitching coach for Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn. During his…