Steve Lerud - Manager
Originally a third-round selection by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003, Lerud played 13 minor league seasons and appeared in nine major league games as a catcher between 2012 and 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies. During his journey in the Pirates system, he played with the Carolina League's Lynchburg Hillcats in 2007 and the beginning of 2008.
Over his minor league career, Lerud hit .224/.323/.345 with 63 home runs and 359 RBIs over 926 games for the Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Washington and San Fransisco systems.
Following his retirement in 2017, the Reno, Nev. native began his coaching career in with the Short-Season Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League as their manager in 2018. Following a 14-24 first half, the Ems snuck into the playoffs in the second half and won the NWL Championship on a walk-off balk in the final game of the series.
Brian Lawrence - Pitching Coach
Lawrence enters his sixth season as a Cubs minor league pitching coach in 2019. The former big-league pitcher was the pitching coach for South Bend for three seasons (2018, '17 and '15). Prior to his stint with the Little Cubs, Lawrence was the pitching coach for Eugene (2016) and Boise (2014) in the Short Season Northwest League. He began his coaching career in San Diego's High-A Lake Elsinore as its pitching coach.
As a player, Lawrence spent six seasons in the major leagues. He debuted in 2001 with San Diego and pitched with the Padres through the 2005 season, accumulating a 49-61 (.445) record and a 4.10 ERA. The 17th-round draft pick in 1998 then signed with the Mets, playing one season in the major leagues before three more seasons in the minors.
Ty Wright - Hitting Coach
Myrtle Beach's hitting coach a year ago, Wright returns to the same role with the Pelicans in 2019. This season will mark his 12th as either a player or coach in Chicago's organization. Originally drafted by the Cubs in the seventh round of the 2007 draft out of Oklahoma State University, Wright enjoyed a seven-year playing career in Chicago's system, reaching as high as Triple-A Iowa. He batted .292/.352/.429 with 60 home runs and 381 RBIs in 724 games from 2007-2013 before playing with the independent Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League in 2014, when he hit .265/.328/.399 with 13 homers and 64 RBIs in 112 contests.
Osmin Melendez - Assistant Coach
Melendez brings over 20 years of baseball experience to the Grand Strand in 2019. Originally a player in the Orioles system for two seasons, the Venezuelam native made his mark in the Pirates system. He served as a scout for 16 seasons, including 13 seasons as the organization's director of the Venezuelan Academy and manager of the Venezuelan rookie league club. From 2006-11, Melendez took that team to the league finals, winning in 2008 and 2010.
In 2013, he managed the Cubs rookie level team in Venezuela before serving as a coach in Mesa (2014 and '17), South Bend (2015), Tennessee (2016) and Eugene (2018).
Logan Severson - Athletic Trainer
Severson enters his fifth season as a trainer in the Cubs' system and second with Myrtle Beach. The native of Morris, Ill., served in the same role during the 2016 and 2017 seasons with Low-A South Bend, as well as the 2015 campaign with Short Season Class A Eugene. He began his professional career as an intern with Triple-A Iowa in 2012 before working as a graduate assistant athletic trainer while earning his master's degree at Western Illinois University from 2013-15.
Keegan Knoll - Strength Coach
Knoll joins the Pelicans for his second season in 2019. Prior to joining the Cubs' organization, Knoll worked as the assistant strength and conditioning coach with Long Beach State University (Calif.) since 2013. A graduate of the University of Illinois in 2012, Knoll worked with several of the Long Beach State's athletic teams. He also boasts experience that includes stints at the University of Illinois-Chicago and Athletes' Performance - LA, where he worked with the MLS Cup Champion LA Galaxy. Knoll received his Bachelor's of Science degree in Kinesiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also worked with the men's and women's basketball programs from 2008-12.