Josh Bonifay named Phillies' new director of player development

Josh Bonifay named Phillies director of player development
The Phillies announced Thursday the hiring of Josh Bonifay as the organization's new director of player development. He most recently spent time with the reigning World Series champion Houston Astros as a minor league field coordinator.

“Over the past several weeks, we interviewed an impressive group of candidates for this position,” said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. “Josh really stood out with his combination of leadership, experience, and passion for developing players. We believe he is the ideal person to lead our player development efforts, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia.”

The 40-year old has experience as a minor league manager, hitting instructor, and as a player. Originally selected by Pittsburgh in the 24th round of the June 1999 draft out of UNC-Wilmington, Bonifay played eight seasons in the minor leagues with the Pirates (1999-2005) and Astros (2006). In 812 minor league games, he hit .284 with a .842 OPS and played every position except catcher and shortstop.

“My family and I are extremely excited about joining an organization with a rich history of producing homegrown major league players and I hope to continue the great tradition,” said Bonifay. “The Phillies are a tremendous organization with phenomenal people and I am thrilled to be a part of the family.”

Bonifay comes to Philadelphia having spent seven seasons with the Astros, an organization that built a championship team primarily through homegrown players and a solid farm system. He replaces Joe Jordan who stepped down from the director of player development post in September. He had been with Philadelphia since 2002.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
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