Barber - Amateur scouting director, October 2019
Dombrowski - December 2020
Fuld - made GM, December 2020 (first hired in 2017)
Mattingly, Director Player Development, September 2021
Kaplan, Director Pitching Development, November 2021
Werthan - hired as Information director 2018, Director Baseball Development (Operations) March 2022
Robles, Director, International Operations, February 2022, assist Dir since 2017
Murton, Director Minor League hitting, December 2022
Mike Ondo, Professional Scouting Director has stayed on the island since 2010
McDaniels, Director of Minor League Operations, 2012
It is harder, the Phillies decided, without greater collaboration between scouting and player development. As they distanced themselves from initiatives implemented by the previous front-office regime, there was a tacit acknowledgment that different departments hadn’t just failed to work together; sometimes, opposing forces prevented the Phillies from having a functional development pipeline.
Earlier this month, the Phillies created a new position within the organization and hired Luke Murton as director of hitting. Murton replaces Jason Ochart, whom the Phillies hired from Driveline Baseball before the 2019 season but parted ways with in September. The Phillies will have him scout potential draft picks while overseeing the farm system’s hitting program.
Brian Kaplan, hired as the club’s director of pitching development before the 2022 season, worked as a coach in the majors but influenced what the Phillies targeted in amateur pitchers and how they emphasized it with farmhands. Kevin Long, the veteran big-league hitting coach, played a large part in the process this offseason to chart an organizational hitting plan.
But the Phillies are aware that, as an organization, coherent hitting development has been elusive. It is not a recent shortcoming. This has afflicted the organization for more than a decade — at least. It has spanned numerous philosophies and personalities on the scouting and development sides. They have chased trends in hitting instruction.