The Phillies announced a series of moves in their baseball operations department on Friday.
Bryan Minniti, formerly special assistant to the general manager, has been promoted to the role of assistant general manager, while Chris Cashman moves from advance scouting analyst to manager of player procurement. Minniti oversees two important areas: scouting and player development.
Former major-league pitcher Mike Koplove joins the staff as a special assignment scout. Koplove, a Philadelphia native who pitched at Chestnut Hill Academy and the University of Delaware, most recently worked in scouting with the Anaheim Angels.
The Phils announced the hiring of Oneri Fleita to the international scouting staff. Fleita will supervise scouting in Mexico. He is a former vice president of player personnel for the Chicago Cubs. Meanwhile, Jesus Mendez and Carlos Salas were promoted to coordinator positions.
On the amateur scouting side, Greg Schilz, who joined the organization last year, was promoted to assistant director of amateur scouting.
Frank Coppenbarger, the team's longtime director of travel and clubhouse services, is also moving into a new role. He is now special assistant for ballpark projects. Coppenbarger was honored as the majors' top director of travel by his peers at the winter meetings last year.
Mike Calitri was hired as manager for advance scouting. He will report directly to new manager Gabe Kapler.
Keith Rudolf was hired to the full-time position of team chef.
Dana Parks was hired as coordinator for player development.
Corinne Landrey was hired as an analyst in the baseball research and development department.
Erick Dalton was hired as a professional scout.
Todd Donovan was hired as a professional scout.
Brad Holland was promoted to Southwest regional supervisor in the amateur scouting department.
Buddy Hernandez, Stewart Smothers, Jeff Zona Jr., Connor Betbeze, Chris Duffy and Kellan McKeon were hired on the amateur scouting staff.
Roberto Aquino, Juan Feliciano de Castro, Franklin Felida, Ubaldo Heredia, Andrés Hiraldo, Dargello Lodowica, William Mota, Isao O’Jimi, Romulo Oliveros, Bernardo Pérez, Ebert Velásquez and Derrick Chung all joined the international scouting staff.
The Phillies still have more offseason hires to make. They have yet to name a bench coach and a first-base coach on the big-league staff. Also, Dusty Wathan's promotion to the big-league staff has left an opening at Triple A manager.