Phillies Announce Affiliates’ Coaching Staffs

Earlier, the Phillies announced that they would be keeping their major league coaching staff intact.  Today they announced the coaching staffs for their minor league affiliates.  Bold represents a change, Italics indicates the change is from outside the organization.

Lehigh Valley remains intact

  • Dave Brundage, Manager
  • Mickey Morandini, Coach
  • Sal Rende, Coach
  • Ray Burris, Pitching Coach


  • Dusty Wathan, Manager
  • Frank Cacciatore, Coach – steps up from Clearwater, replacing Rob Ducey
  • David Lundquist, Pitching Coach


  • Greg Legg, Manager – steps up from Lakewood replacing Nelson Prada
  • Rob Ducey, Coach – dropping down from Reading replacing Frank Cacciatore
  • Steve Shrenk, Pitching Coach – jumping up from GCL


  • Shawn Williams, Manager – moving up from Williamsport replacing Greg Legg
  • Nelson Prada, Coach – former Clearwater manager replacing Lino Connell
  • Aaron Fultz, Pitching Coach – moving up from Williamsport replacing Les Lancaster


  • Pat Borders, Manager – from outside org replacing Shawn Williams
  • Eddie Dennis, Coach
  • Les Lancaster, Pitching Coach – moving down from Lakewood replacing Aaron Fultz


  • Rolano de Armas, Manager
  • Brian Sweeney, Pitching Coach – from outside the org replacing Steve Schrenk
  • Rafael Delima, Coach

The odd men out so far seem to be Bob Milacki, the Threshers pitching coach; Lino Connell, the Blue Claws batting coach; and Matt Tolbert who had been added to the Crosscutters as a coach after retiring mid-deason.

19 thoughts on “Phillies Announce Affiliates’ Coaching Staffs

  1. I was never a big Altherr guy, but I am rooting for him, and hoping I was wrong. He is an excellent Defensive CF and has improved his hitting.

  2. Sorry I just wanted to say this and didn’t know where to post. Yesterday Billy butler got 3 years 30 million. Looking at his numbers, why wouldn’t a team be willing to pay Howard at least that over three years. Butler doesn’t drive in the runs Howard does, or have his power. and he is a butcher in the outfield. There obp is not that different. they both cant run. I admit I don’t know war, maybe that is the answer, butler war number might be better. I am totally stumped. I know someone will mention Howard will cost a prospect. and my answer to that is, the Phillies will take any prospect imo just to move on. I believe its the first step in a rebuilding.

    1. “Looking at his numbers, why wouldn’t a team be willing to pay Howard at least that [3 years, $30 million] over three years.”

      The answer is that Ryan Howard is probably not even worth the major league minimum right now – last year he was not even a replacement level player. If you trade for Ryan Howard, even with the Phillies eating virtually all of his salary, you are doing so only because you are expecting/hoping for a bounce back year. But he’s 35, he no longer has speed, he can’t field, he doesn’t really even draw walks anymore, he simply cannot hit left handed pitchers, his power has waned significantly, he hasn’t ever fully recovered from his achilles injury, and his numbers have gone in a downward direction almost consistently since 2006 and certainly since 2009 – what evidence is there that he will ever be even an okay player again? I don’t see it.

      But teams are desperate, so the Phillies might find a team willing to pay $5-7 million a year for the next few years, but even that would take a lot of luck. Most likely, they will have to release him because other teams see what most of us are seeing – it’s pretty much game over for Ryan Howard.

      As for Butler, he’s not a good comp. He’s 6 years younger and although he had a bad year last year, there’s a good chance he bounces back and gives the team the 2-3 WAR they were getting from him, which would justify the contract. That was probably a fair deal for both the team and the player – Howard doesn’t merit that type of money right now.

    2. It’s not about WAR or any other modern metrics – by any method of evaluation, Butler is a much better hitter overall at this stage of his career. This is somewhat masked by a down year in 2014, but looking at all relevant factors, again by any method of evaluation, Butler is expected to bounce back, and Howard not.

      Assuming the truth of that, Butler’s FAR better on base skills massively outweigh a slight (at this stage of his career) power edge for Howard.

      Look, it’s clear that the Phillies are desperate to move him, as you imply yourself. If it doesn’t happen, which it unfortunately likely wont, it’s because of a (correct) assumption that he can’t contribute meaningfully at the major league level at this stage of his career.

  3. Please explain to me why, even with all of that you say being true, a 20 HR, 80RBI DH for, let’s say, less than 1/2 of what Butler got, so 2yrs/10Million, isn’t a value for a team. I know RBI’s are not valued highly, but there are a number of teams with less production out of their DH. So, even with his failures against LH pitching, 20 HRs is still, pretty much, guaranteed.

    1. The theory would be that the A’s are hoping for the return of the 2-3 WAR player Butler was before last year, something you can’t just get anywhere. Howard, on the other hand, even with 20 HR is unlikely to be a 0 WAR player meaning that you should be able to replace him with some AAAA guy. Why pay Howard even $5million when you can pay someone else near the league minimum for the same overall production?

      1. Correct but not going to satisfy anon, Some people can’t grasp that you need to consider the whole picture – that 20 HR doesn’t provide net value considering how bad Howard is in every other respect.

  4. As a DH, his poor fielding is not an issue. And, I am not belaboring the point to just disagree, rather I respect your opinion. But, I feel 20 HRs from the DH position provides a value above a AAAA player. The $ amount that equates to is not my point, just that there is some value. So, 2Million a year, for argument’s sake, gives the acquiring team some value, assuming he hits 20HR. Forget RBI’s, I understand that, but 20 HR is something that has value, maybe slight. Time will tell, because I think that the Phils move him for even a savings of $5Million over the 2 years, so if he does not get moved, then his value is really zero.

    1. anon…simply put..since RBIs/HRs are the main points of your contention for production.
      Then, compare Butler’s RISP vs Howard’s RISP.

    2. Does it provide value beyond a AAAA player, though? I think Ruf is a AAAA player. I think he also will outhit Howard in 2015 and 2016 if somebody gives him a chance to start. There are two points about Howard’s offense: 1)despite being healthy enough for the first time in 3 years to amass almost 600 AB, he had an OPS of only .690. He actually hit worse than that against RHP and 2) this continues and extends a very steep drop in Howard’s hitting, making the 2015 and 2016 projections scary. The Phillies are in a bind, because his defense has also gone downhill and, like Thome during his last year in Philly, Howard really needs to be a DH. There may be a team out there that is happy to pay $5 mill of HOward’s remaining contract in the hope that being freed from having to play D may give Howard the same sort of offensive rebound which Thome saw when moved to DH. It’s a long-shot, because Thome’s offensive problems at the time weren’t as prolonged as Howard’s have now been. 23 HR in 2014 or not, Howard seems pretty much finished. I wouldn’t be surprised if an AL team weren’t willing to place a very cheap bet on him. It would have to be a VERY cheap bet.

  5. Right now, the only stat that works in Howard’s favor is HR. RBI’s were a factor of Amaro telling Ryno to play Howard so he can get 100RBI’s and look more attractive.

    Ryno tried to platoon or bench Howard for Ruf around the All-Star break and Amaro put the brakes on that experiment.

    Let’s just hope that we do not ask for a MLB ready starter in return. An A ball backup would be fine for me.

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