Phillies Hire Wolever’s Replacement

The Phillies have a replacement for former assistant general manager of amateur scouting Marti Wolever, whom they dismissed late last month.

They announced today they have hired Braves international scouting director Johnny Almaraz to be their amateur scouting director. He will run the Phillies’ First-Year Player Drafts, which Wolever had done since 2002.

It will be new role for Almaraz.

“We couldn’t be happier to add someone of Johnny’s caliber to our baseball operations staff,” Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper said in a statement. “He has established a reputation for being able to identify future Major League talent and brings a great deal of experience to the Phillies.”

Almaraz had been Atlanta’s international scouting director since 2008. His most notable signings are Julio Teheran and Christian Bethancourt. Before joining the Braves in 2006 as director of Latin America operations, he spent 16 years as a scout with the Reds. There he signed amateurs like Adam Dunn, Johnny Cueto and B.J. Ryan.

Wolever had been running the Phillies’ First-Year Player Drafts since 2002, but success had been scattered. in June examined the Phillies’ Drafts from 2004-13. Forty-six picks reached the big leagues, which tied the A’s and Rangers for seventh best in baseball.

But the quality of the Phillies’ picks ranked last. According to, the combined WAR (Wins Above Replacement) of Phillies picks over the past 10 years was 20.7, which was 24.6 points lower than the 29th ranked Blue Jays (45.3). The big league average was 82.7.


It appears the Phils would like to take the fast track on rebuilding by looking at international talent. I expect them to be aggressive in this area as it is Almaraz’s expertise. It looks like that is probably a large part of why they brought him here.

Smart move, now Phil’s should hire someone from STL or TB for GM job.


Carole, what are your concerns?

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