December 3, 2023

Phillies, Dave Dombrowski announce significant front office changes


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The Phillies’ minor league system has not been good the last few years.

President of Baseball Operations David Dombrowski took steps Tuesday to change that.

Effective immediately, Bryan Minniti and Scott Proefrock are out as assistant general managers. Both will serve as consultants for the 2022 season. Josh Bonifay is out as director of player development. He has been offered a professional scouting position for 2022.

Jorge Velandia will oversee the Phillies’ player development system on an interim basis with the assistance of Dana Parks until a permanent replacement is hired. Sal Agostinelli will continue to oversee international scouting and report directly to Velandia. Amateur scouting director Brian Barber will report directly to Dombrowski.

“Change is always difficult but sometimes necessary,” Dombrowski said. “I appreciate and respect Bryan, Scott, and Josh for the contributions they have made to the organization, but I believe it is time to take our player development department in a new direction. These staffing changes will provide the opportunity to begin that process.”

Minniti was hired in November 2016, and was director of player development and amateur scouting since September of 2017.

Proefrock joined the organization in November 2008. He briefly served as interim general manager following the 2015 season.

Bonifay was named to his position in October 2018.

The Phillies are 63-61 entering Tuesday’s game against visiting Tampa Bay Rays.

They are four games behind Atlanta in the NL East and five out in the wild card race.

The Triple-A Lehigh Valley IronPigs (43-51), Reading Fightin Phils (36-60), Jersey Shore BlueClaws (41-52), and Clearwater Threshers (41-50) all have losing records.

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