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2022 Profiles - Phillies Minor League Player Development Managers, Coaches and Trainers

Updated: Feb 23, 2022

AAA Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs :

New Additions :

Manager - Anthony Contreras - served as Manager of the Fort Wayne Tin Caps for six years and is the all time wins leader for the High A Affiliate of the San Diego Padres. In 2014 he managed the Arizona Complex team for the Padres, the following year he was at the helm of the short-season Tri-City Dust Devils. Contreras played nine seasons of minor league baseball after being drafted in the 9th round of the 2005 draft by the Giants, he moved to the Padres organization in 2008 and played thru the 2013 season finishing with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League. He was primarily a middle infielder seeing most of his action at second base and shortstop. Contreras managed the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League for the 2021 season.

Hitting Coach - Joe Thurston - served as hitting coach for the 2021 Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League. He was hired by the Seattle Mariners as their major league first base and outfield coach as a fill in for Perry Hill ( out with Covid ) prior to the 2020 season. In 2021 he was the hitting coach for AA Arkansas for the Mariners. Thurston began his coaching career when he joined the Red Sox organization at the AA level in 2015. He was then a coach in independent league baseball for Billings in 2016 and moved to the Mariners organization as a coach in 2017-2018 with Modesto and in Everett for 2019. He played parts of seven seasons in the major leagues ( 184 games ) with the Dodgers, Phillies, Marlins, Cardinals and Red Sox and 13 seasons ( 1,496 games ) in the minor leagues primarily as a second baseman.

Development Coach - Bill Greenfield - from Radnor, Pennsylvania. Most recently worked for Professional Sports Publications as an Inside Sales Representative. 2017 Furman University graduate where he pitched from 2014 to 2017 appearing in 89 games. He has also worked for Perfect Game USA and as a part-time instructor and sales associate for All-Star Baseball Academy. Interned for three months for the Phillies in 2014 working in customer service, gameday operations, and special projects.

New Assignments :

Pitching Coach - Cesar Ramos - joined the Phillies player development staff in 2020 as a Player Information Assistant. During the 2021 season he worked primarily at the Complex with rehabbing pitchers and earned high marks for his work such as with hard throwing Andrew Schultz. Ramos was the 1st round draft choice of the Padres in the 2005 draft and pitched 8 seasons in the majors from 2009 to 2016 with the Padres, A’s, Rangers and Angels. He was in spring training camp with the Phillies in 2017 and pitched that season with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs appearing in 40 games. Ramos was in Dodgers spring camp in 2018 before retiring as a player. In addition to his time in the majors he pitched 10 seasons overall in the minors.

Bench Coach - Greg Brodzinski - spent the last two seasons as a bullpen catcher/catching coach with the major league team. Prior to that he had coached at Williamsport, Reading and Lehigh Valley. Greg was drafted by the Phillies in the 18th round of the 2015 draft. He played one season before switching over to coaching for the 2016 season. He’s a very hard worker and has a good baseball mind, as a bench coach will have the opportunity to learn on the job for potential future as a manager.

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Mike Lidge - has been the strength and conditioning coach for the Clearwater Threshers since 2016. Previously with the San Francisco Giants organization, a graduate of University of Illinois - Urbana with a masters degree in exercise science from Northeastern University.

Assistant Athletic Trainer - Meaghan Flaherty - was the Athletic Trainer for the Clearwater Threshers in 2021 and the FCL Phillies the year prior. Graduate of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a Masters of Science in Athletic Training from Bridgewater State University.

AA Reading Fightin’s :

New Assignment :

Pitching Coach Matt Hockenberry moves to Reading after serving as Pitching Coach in the GCL for 2018 and at Jersey Shore for 2019 and 2021. Matt pitched in the Phillies organization from 2014 to 2017 after being drafted in the 9th round of the 2014 draft out of Temple University.

Bench/Position Coach - Mycal Jones - was drafted by the Braves in the fourth round of the 2009 Draft and spent seven seasons in the minors and another in independent ball prior to becoming a minor league coach with Houston in 2018 as a development coach. He was scheduled to be a coach for the Threshers in 2020 before the season was cancelled. He split time with the Threshers and the FCL Phillies in 2021.

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Bruce Peditto - has served as strength and conditioning coach for Lakewood/Jersey Shore since the 2019 season. Bruce has been with the Phillies organization since 2017 and is a graduate of Desales University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

Athletic Trainer - Andrew Dodgson - was the trainer for the Jersey Shore Blue Claws from 2020 to 2021, two years before that served in the same capacity with the GCL Phillies in Clearwater.

Returnees :

Manager Shawn Williams ( 2019-2021 with Reading ) - Williams begins his third season at the helm in Reading after guiding the Clearwater Threshers from 2017 to 2018. In 2018, the Threshers won the second-half title in the Florida State League North Division. Prior to his time in Clearwater, Williams also managed in Lakewood (A) for two seasons (2015-2016). He joined the Phillies player developmental staff in 2014 as a manager for Williamsport (A). Williams spent the month of April as a fill-in bullpen catcher and also served as a player/coach for Williamsport in 2013. He spent four seasons in the Tampa Bay Rays minor league system as a utility player from 2007-2010.

Hitting Coach Tyler Henson ( 2019-2021 with Reading ) - became a coach with the Phillies in 2017 at Williamsport , with Lakewood in 2018, and began in Clearwater in 2019 before moving up to Reading. Played ten seasons of minor league baseball as an infielder with the Orioles, Dodgers and Phillies organizations.

High A Jersey Shore Blue Claws :

New Additions :

Manager - Keith Werman - served the last four seasons as Major League development coordinator for the Padres. Was the third base coach for their Triple-A affiliate in El Paso during 2017. Werman played collegiate baseball at the University of Virginia as well as in the Seattle Mariners system from 2012 to 2013 as a utility infielder after signing as an un-drafted free agent.

Bench Coach - Pat Listach - was the AL Rookie of the Year in 1992 as the everyday shortstop for the Brewers. He played six seasons in the majors from 1992 to 1997 with the Brewers and Astros. Listach finished his playing career in 1998 at the triple A level with Buffalo ( Cleveland ) and Scranton Wilkes-Barre ( Phillies ). He ventured into coaching with the Cubs organization as a hitting instructor in 1999 and stayed with the Cubs thru the 2007 season when he served as Manager of the AA level Tennessee Smokies. He joined the Washington Nationals as their major league third base coach in 2009 and 2010 and rejoined the Cubs in 2011 as major league bench coach. In 2013 he was the Dodgers minor league infield coordinator before becoming the Astros big league third base coach in 2014. In 2015 he became the manager of the Mariners AAA affiliate Tacoma Rainers, a position he held thru the 2017 season. He’s been serving as the manager of the Acereros de Monclave of the Mexican League from 2019 to 2021.

New Assignments :

Pitching Coach Brad Bergesen returns to Jersey Shore from Reading where he spent last season. Bergenson coached at Lakewood in 2018 and in Clearwater in 2019. He was drafted by the Orioles in the 4th round in the 2004 draft and pitched parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Orioles and Diamondbacks from 2009 to 2012 appearing in 102 games. Finished his playing career in 2017 as a member of the Lancaster Barnstormers in the Atlantic League. He’s a well regarded communicator and is being positioned to work with the young upcoming pitching talent in the organization.

Hitting Coach Ari Adut - began his pro coaching career with the Yankees in 2020 as a hitting coach for their DSL team. Came to the Phillies in 2021 and served as hitting coach for the FCL Phillies. Played collegiate baseball at East Central University in Oklahoma and professionally for two seasons ( 2015 & 2016 ) in the independent Peco League. He served as an assistant coach at Los Angeles Valley College from 2015-2019 and also led their strength & conditioning program.

Trainer - Steve Torregrossa - Joins Jersey Shore after spending last season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) as assistant athletic trainer. Was previously with Clearwater (A) in 2020 and spent two seasons (2018-19) with Williamsport (A). Also interned for two seasons (2016-17). Attained his bachelor’s degree in science, athletic training from East Stroudsburg University (PA) and is currently working toward his master’s degree from the California University of Pennsylvania.

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Vanessa Escanilla - Joins Jersey Shore after two years with the Gulf Coast/Florida Complex League Phillies (R). Spent 2019 as a strength and conditioning intern with the GCL Phillies. Previously worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Commonwealth University for one year (2018). Earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and a master’s degree in exercise science from Liberty University (VA).

Low A Clearwater Threshers :

New Addition :

Bench Coach - Gary Cathcart - was selected by the Yankees in the 33rd round of the 1984 draft and played five seasons in the minors, all in the Yankees organization as an outfielder. After initially coaching in independent and college baseball he joined the Blue Jays in 2003 as their hitting coach for Advanced A level Dunedin. He stayed with the Blue Jays organization thru the 2009 season and worked his way up to Manager of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats his last two seasons with them. In 2010 he joined the Washington Nationals organization and managed in their system thru the 2015 season, in 2016 Cathcart moved to the Miami Marlins initially as their outfield and base running coordinator and eventually becoming the Minor League Field Coordinator, dual roles he maintained thru the 2017 season. The Tigers hired him the next year and he worked for them thru last season serving as the manager of the Tigers East squad in the Florida Complex League in 2021. That’s a lot of experience !

Hitting Coach - Jake Elmore - was drafted by the Diamondbacks in the 34th round of the 2008 draft and played 217 games in the major leagues from 2012 to 2019 with the D’Backs, Astros, Reds, Rays, Brewers and Pirates. He concluded his playing career last year as a member of the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs when he was released on August 24th. This will be his first experience coaching.

Strength & Training Coach - Blaine Taylor - comes over from the Reds where he worked for three years ( 2017 - 2020 ) with their short season club. Last year was employed as an EMT/Firefighter in Silverdale, Washington.

New Assignments :

Victor Diaz moves to the Threshers as Pitching Coach after serving in that role for the Phillies in the Florida Complex League in 2021. Diaz previously coached at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona, Florida as their pitching coach from 2018 to 2020. Prior to that he served as a volunteer assistant at Old Dominion University. Diaz pitched collegiate baseball for Mississippi State University and Old Dominion.

Athletic Trainer - Raul Perez - has been with the Phillies since 2019 when he started as an intern. Became a full time employee in 2020 working at the Complex. A graduate of Azusa University with a masters degree in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Returning :

Manager Marty Malloy returns ( 2019, 2021 with Clearwater ) - this will be his third year as Manager of the Threshers. He became a coach with the Gulf Coast League Astrosin 2013 then managed the same club in 2014-2016. He moved to the Phillies organization as manager at Lakewood in 2017 and managed there thru the 2018 season. After managing the Threshers in 2019 was named the organization’s Infield Coordinator in 2020 and served as such until being needed at the helm of the Threshers again mid season 2021. He played 35 games in the big leagues with Atlanta ( 1998 ) and the Marlins ( 2002 ) and twelve seasons in the minors with the Braves, Tigers, Reds, Dodgers and Cardinals organizations primarily as a middle infielder.

Florida Complex League Phillies :

New Addition :

Development Pitching Coach - Andres Santiago - played 12 seasons of minor league baseball after being drafted by the Dodgers in the 16th round of the 2007 draft. He pitched in the Dodgers, Cubs and Braves organizations and spent the past three seasons in the Puerto Rico Winter League. This is his first affiliated organization coaching assignment.

Strength & Training Coach - Mark Jesse - joins the staff after working at Cressy Sports Performance and Tim Soder Physical Therapy. Earned a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Physiology and Sport Performance from West Chester University in 2019.

New Assignments :

Bench Coach - Chris “Tank” Adamson moves to the Complex from Jersey Shore where he managed in 2021. He’s also the skipper of the Adelaide Giants in the Australian Baseball League.

Pitching Coach Tyler Anderson moves to the Complex from Clearwater where he coached in 2021. Previously he coached in the minors with the Los Angeles Angels serving as a pitching coach for the Burlington Bees (2020), AZL Angels (2019), and Orem Owls (2018). He’s also been the Pitching coach for the Perth Heat in the Australian Baseball League since 2019

Hitting Coach - Rafael Delima - became manager of the VSL Phillies when the club was formed in 2005; he had already been coordinating the Venezuelan academy for several years. Came stateside to coach for Williamsport ( 2012 ), the GCL Phillies ( 2013-2019, and the Jersey Shore Blue Claws in 2021.

Strength and Conditioning Coach - Holly Hansing - has been with the Phillies since 2018 serving on the staff of the GCL Phillies for the 2019 thru 2020 seasons. Last season was the strength and conditioning coach for the Threshers. A graduate of Colorado State University with a masters degree in Health and Human Performance from Austin Peay University.

Returning :

Manager Roly DeArmas ( begins his 36th year as a Phillies minor league manager ) - legendary Phillies coach/manager who also serves as bullpen coach for Team USA. He’s been in pro baseball since 1973 - first as a player for five seasons and since as a minor league Manager/Coach. He’s also coached in the Major Leagues with the White Sox, Blue Jays and Phillies. Tremendous baseball knowledge and a vital asset to the organization.

Coach Ray Ricker - served as an FCL Phillies coach in 2021. He was the head baseball coach at Post University from 2014 to 2020 and served seven years prior to that as an assistant coach.

Athletic Trainer - Troy Hoffert - has been with the Phillies since 1992 serving as a trainer at multiple affiliates over the years. Has been the long time trainer of the GCL/FCL Phillies. A graduate of Salem State University with a masters degree from Temple University in Athletic Training/Sports Medicine.

Dominican Summer League Phillies Red :

New Assignments :

Manager - Nerluis Martinez - has been a player/coach with the Reading Phillies since 2019 becoming a full time coach last season. Played for the Phillies organization in the minor leagues as a catcher from 2015 to 2018.

Hitting Coach Zac Jones ( 2021 ) - coached the FCL Phillies in 2021. Played with the Diamondbacks organization as a Catcher in 2018 before turning his attention to coaching. Went to Trinity Christian College in Illinois.

Assistant Pitching Coach Gustavo Armas - begins his first year as a coach after working with the Phillies organization in 2021 as a video coordinator in Clearwater. He played six seasons ( 2014 - 2019 ) in the Phillies minor leagues as a pitcher reaching double A Reading in 2019.

Returning :

Pitching Coach - Alex Concepcion - pitched in the Phillies organization from 2005 to 2011. Has been a pitching coach since then

Coach - Waner Santana - In 2010 was the strength and conditioning coach for the DSL Phillies. Served as manager of Phillies Red from2017-2021. Played minor league baseball in the Giants organization as a middle infielder from 2000 to 2002.

Dominican Summer League Phillies White :

Returning :

Manager - Orlando Munoz - has been with the organization since 2017. A former infielder who played six seasons in the California Angels system, Muñoz coached and managed for 20 years in the Venezuelan Winter League and Italian Baseball League from 1997-2016, prior to joining the Phillies. 2021 John Vukovich Award winner.

Hitting Coach Samuel Hiciano - has served as hitting coach since 2017. Played in the Phillies organization as an outfielder from 2012 to 2016.

Pitching Coach - Les Straker - has been the pitching coach since 2017. Played ten seasons of minor league baseball and pitched for the Minnesota Twins in the majors in 1987 and 1988.

Coach Felix Castillo - has been a Phillies DSL coach since the 2019 season. Played minor league baseball from 2010 to 2015 as a catcher.

Minor League Coordinators, Roving & Support Staff :

New Additions :

Field Coordinator - Kevin Bradshaw - spent 14 seasons as a manager in the Tigers organization beginning in 1994 after serving as a coach for four years prior, was the minor league defensive coordinator for the Tigers in 2008-2011 and minor league field coordinator in 2012 and finished as defensive coordinator thru the 2013 and 2014 seasons. He joined the Orioles in 2015 and has been a manager, spring training and fall instructs coordinator with them. He was the Orioles Team Black manager in the 2021 Florida Complex League.

Infield Coordinator - Adam Everett - played shortstop in the majors for 11 years with Houston, Minnesota, Detroit and Cleveland. Began his coaching career in 2014 with Houston and stayed with them till 2017 before moving to the Atlanta Braves and serving as their Minor League Infield Coordinator thru the 2019 season. He’s been employed as a Sports Operation Manager for Synexis Biodefense Systems the past couple of years.

Pitching Development Coach - Mark Lowy - graduate of Gettysburg College - served as Associate Pitching Coordinator for Cressy Sports Performance the past two and half years, before that as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for 16 months. Director of Sports Performance at Gains Sports Performance from 2018 to 2019.

Base-running Coordinator - Gary Cathcart ( see Clearwater above ) will serve along with being a bench coach at Reading.

Assistant Video Coordinator - Thomas Knauss - served as a Player Development Associate with Reading in 2021, BS Degree in Sports Management from the University of Minnesota.

Mental Skills Coach - Breanne Hapken - masters in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. Served in the USMC as a logistics officer from 2009 to 2013.

U.S. Administrator - Jose Hidalgo - holds a Masters Degree in Sport and Fitness Management from Florida State University. Worked in 2021 for the Twins organization in Florida Operations.

International Administrator - Mauricio Ortiz - holds a Masters Degree from the University of Florida in Sports Management. Was previously Assistant National Showcase Director for Prospect Wire and Director of Latin American Operations for Baseball Cloud.

Strength & Training Coordinator - Patrick Trainor - joins the Phillies from the Tampa Rays organization ( 2016 - 2021 ) where he served as their Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Prior to that worked for the Cleveland Guardians for two years as Rehab Strength & Conditioning Coach - has a masters degree in Kinesiology from Georgia Southern University.

Mental Performance Coordinator - Todd Dilbeck - spent nine years as the mental skills coach for the Sacramento City College Wrestling Team. Most recent eleven years as an independent consultant in sports psychology at the international, collegiate and high school levels.

Minor League Rehab Coordinator - Justin Tallard - previously a physical therapist with the Houston Astros, a physical therapist at Texas Health and most recently a course developer at 5 Tool Sport.

New Assignments :

Manager - Player Development - Edwin Soto was promoted from the role of Administrator of Minor League Baseball Operation in November to his new role. He will manage and oversee Player Development reporting directly to the Director of PD. Edwin has been with the Phillies since 2018 and has a Masters Degree in Business and Technology from East Tennessee State University.

Catching Coordinator - Bob Stumpo - has been a bullpen catcher at the major league level since 2014, earned the role of catching coach in 2018 and has served in that capacity since. This will be his first assignment as a minor league coach. Was drafted by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2010 draft from West Chester University and played four seasons of minor league baseball as a catcher.

Pitching Development Coach - Pat Robles - joined the Phillies staff in 2020 as a Pitching Strategist working out of the Complex in Clearwater. He has been a key to the success of multiple pitchers turnaround in command, control and technique. In his new role he will serve as an assistant to the Pitching Coordinator and travel to each affiliate during the season.

Offensive Development Analyst - Kevin Mahala - was a player information assistant from 2020 to 2021. Played in the Pirates organization from 2016 to 2018 after playing collegiate baseball at West Virginia.

Nutrition Coordinator - Stephanie MacNeill - started as a Performance Nutrition Fellow in March of 2021 and was hired as Coordinator in November. She is a registered dietitian and personal trainer and hails from Canada.

Returning :

Coordinator - Dominican Academy - Manny Amador - Following a playing career in the minor leagues that began in 1993 he turned his attention to coaching and player development in 1998. Became the hitting instructor for Phillies Dominican Summer League team in 1999 and held that position till 2001. During the 2001 season he went to Reading to finish the season as the AA level hitting coach after John Kruk’s departure there. Manny served as hitting coach for the Clearwater Phillies for the 2002 thru 2004 season and as Manager of Batavia in 2005. In 2006 Amador took over managing the Phillies Dominican Academy operations. In addition to his administrative duties he continued to work in player development as well. From 2011 to 2016 he also served as the DSL Phillies field manager. When the Phillies opened their own Academy building in 2017 Manny was officially named as the Dominican Coordinator, his current position.

Player Development Coordinator - Dana Parks - begins her 5th season with the organization. Prior to joining the Phillies worked for the Tampa Rays as an assistant in baseball operations for five years.

Hitting Coordinator - Jason Ochart - begins his 4th season with the organization. Served as an Assistant Coach at Menlo College prior to that for three years. He is also the Director of Hitting at Driveline Baseball.

Assistant Hitting Coordinator - Chris Heinz - begins his 5th year with the Phillies. It will be his second year as the assistant hitting coordinator. Was on the Threshers and FCL staff prior to that. Played in the Twins organization from 2003 to 2007 and coached for them in the minors in 2009 before joining the University of South Florida as an assistant coach in 2010 where he served for five seasons.

Outfield Coordinator- Andy Abad - begins his 13th season with the Phillies organization as a coach. He played 15 games in the major leagues with the A’s, Red Sox and Reds and 14 years in the minor leagues with six organizations.

Pitching Coordinator - Travis Hergert - starts his 4th season with the Phillies beginning as assistant pitching coordinator and being promoted to Pitching coordinator in 2021. Prior to that he served 7 years as the head coach at North Iowa Community College and 9 years before that as an Assistant Coach there.

Information Coordinator - Ben Werthan - begins 5th year with the Phillies. He worked previously with the Orioles, Rays and Reds in scouting coordination and baseball operations for nine seasons before that.

Assistant Strength & Training Coordinator - Jose Salas - starts his 7th year with the Phillies. He previously was with the Braves organization. Bachelors degree from Culver-Stockton College and a masters degree in Kinesiology from Tarleton State University.

Mental Performance Coach - Frances Cardenas - has been with the organization since February of 2019 first serving as an intern in 2019 and then becoming a full time employee in November of that year being named Mental Skills Coach. Has a bachelors degree from the University of Tampa and a masters degree in Mental Health Counseling and Sports Psychology from Boston University.

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