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Phillies Tweak Player Development Staff

The Phillies today announced a tweak to their Minor League player development staff.

They hired Rafael Chaves to be their Minor League pitching coordinator. The Phillies interviewed Chaves to be their big-league pitching coach last offseason before hiring Bob McClure.

Chaves, 46, spent this season as the Dodgers’ special assistant of player personnel after spending five seasons as their Minor League pitching coordinator. He served as Seattle’s pitching coach from 2006-07, so his relationship with Phillies assistant general manager Benny Looper, who worked in the Mariners front office from 1987-2008, likely played a role in his hire.

“We are extremely excited to add Rafael to our staff,” Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan said in a statement. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is one of the most respected names in our business when it comes to developing pitchers.”

Carlos Arroyo, who held that role this season, will resume his previous job as the Phillies’ Minor League roving pitching coach.

The Phillies said they will announce their complete player development staff at a later date.

When Will You See Biddle?

biddleThe Phillies had a chance to promote anybody in their system when John Lannan landed on the disabled list last week.

They said they never considered Double-A Reading left-hander Jesse Biddle, who is the organization’s top prospect.

That is not a surprise. Biddle had not pitched above Class A Clearwater before this season. The Phillies would like to get him more experience before they make that jump.

But Biddle certainly has impressed in four starts with Reading. He dominated last night in Harrisburg. He allowed one hit, two walks and struck out 16 in seven scoreless innings. He took a perfect game into the seventh inning before he walked a batter.

“The thing that stood out to me more than the number of strikeouts he had, through six innings he threw 73 pitches,” Phillies director of player personnel Joe Jordan said. “I mean, he really just dominated the strike zone with four pitches. It wasn’t that he went 90-95 pitches to get to that number. That’s what was so impressive to me. The last time I saw him, which was his previous start in Reading, I saw more swings and misses with his fastball than I had ever seen. His stuff is just coming. It’s coming and his ability to use it is getting better. Everything came together last night. Literally, he had four pitches to go to and command of all of them so they were in trouble.”

Of course, the question about any top prospect is this: When will Phillies fans see him in a big-league uniform?

“I think it’s a little premature, but we’re obviously going to keep our eyes on this and we’ll follow it very closely,” Jordan said. “I think you go in with all of these guys, as far as their development plans with the plan, and the players alter it good or bad. Sometimes their ability, their performance, it will make it go one way or the other. Nothing is in stone. He’s where he needs to be. He earned, after what he did in Clearwater last year, the right to go to Reading. So far he’s done a great job. It’s been a month. The weather is going to arm up, the hitters are going to catch up. I think that’s, that’s the way I look at it. He even said it last night – this is my kind of weather, the hitters don’t like hitting in this weather.

“We’re going to follow it very closely. Because he’s one of our best, if not our best. We all know that.”

Phillies Hire A Couple Coaches

The Phillies have filled a couple coaching vacancies in their Minor League system.

They announced today they have hired Dave Brundage as Triple-A Lehigh Valley manager. They also hired former Phillies bullpen coach Ramon Henderson as a coach, likely for one of the lower-level teams.

Brundage, 48, had managed the Braves’ Triple-A affiliate the previous six seasons, leading the team to the 2007 International League championship. He spent 19 seasons with the Mariners as a Minor League player, coach and manager. Baseball America named him Minor League Manager of the Year in 2003.

“With Dave’s success and experience at the triple-A level, we feel he is the ideal person to manage the IronPigs,” director of player development Joe Jordan said in a statement. “His resume speaks for itself.”

Henderson, a popular coach most famous for throwing to Bobby Abreu and Ryan Howard when they won the 2005 and 2006 Home Run Derbies, respectively, left the Phillies in 2008 because of alcohol-related issues.

“I’m willing to do whatever it takes,” Henderson told MLB.com this summer, when asked about getting back into baseball. “If I have to start from way below, that’s what I’ve got to do. All I’m looking for is for somebody to give me a chance. I believe I’ve got a lot to offer. I have a lot of desire and energy to help any organization in any way I can. I think it’s going to be some kind of story if somebody gives me a second chance. I think I’m going to be way better this time around. Because I have the motivation to prove to myself and prove to others that I’m [sober] and that I’m capable of doing even a better job.”

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Phillies prospects Cody Asche and Tommy Joseph were named to the Arizona Fall League’s West Division team in the Rising Stars Game.

Asche, a third baseman, is hitting .259 with five doubles, one home run, seven RBIs and a .712 OPS in 54 at-bats. Joseph, a catcher, is hitting .172 with one double and a .480 OPS in 29 at-bats.

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