The Phillies rounded out the main pieces in their player development system with the announcement of minor league managers. Last week, Ryne Sandberg joined the fold to take over for Dave Huppert at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Another former Phillie, Mickey Morandini – can’t type that name without hearing Harry The K say it – will take over at Williamsport in the short-season New York-Penn League this season.
Steve Roadcap was going to be replaced as the manager at Double-A Reading, but it was thought that he might stay in the organization and possibly take over one of the lower minor league clubs. Instead, Roadie heads to Cincinnati to join the Reds as a scout. Taking Roadcap’s place will be Mark Parent, who led Lakewood to an impressive Championship in the South Atlantic League last season and was named the league’s manager on the post-season all-star team.
Parent and Dusty Wathan, who remains at Clearwater for 2011, are seen as future major league manager prospects who are well respected not just by the Phillies, but by many people around baseball.
Chris Truby departs Williamsport for Lakewood in 2011, as he looks to repeat championships with a club that will have at least a few of his players from the 2010 CrossCutters. And in the Gulf Coast League, Roly De Armas returns for his ninth stint with the club.
The minor league pitching coaches will be Rod Nichols (Lehigh Valley), Bob Milacki (Reading), Dave Lundquist (Clearwater), Steve Shrenk (Lakewood), Lance Carter (Williamsport) and Carlos Arroyo and Les Lancaster in the Gulf Coast League. Hitting coaches will be Sal Rende (Lehigh Valley), Frank Cacciatore (Reading), Greg Legg (Lakewood), Jorge Velandia (Williamsport) and Kevin Jordan (GCL). The Phillies still have an opening for a hitting coach at Clearwater.