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Changes coming in Phils’ player-development system
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CHICAGO -- The Phillies are making some changes in their player-development system.
Gorman Heimueller, the organization’s minor-league pitching coordinator, will not have his contract renewed for the 2014 season. This news was reported earlier this week during a Lehigh Valley IronPigs television broadcast on Service Electric Cablevision.
“It’s accurate,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Friday. “But there’s been no announcement.”
Amaro said more changes in player development were possible for 2014.
“We need to get better across the board,” Amaro said. “If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. I just think we can get better. I’m not specifically talking about pitching, I’m talking about throughout the entire organization.”
Heimueller has been with the Phillies since 1999. He served as Double A and Triple A pitching coach before becoming minor-league pitching coordinator in 2002.
“Gorman has been an outstanding employee,” Amaro said. “He’s very organized. He’s a very good person and a good pitching coach. We just felt like there were some changes that needed to be made.”
Amaro said the Phils would continue to have a minor-league pitching coordinator. The position will be filled in the coming weeks.
In addition to changes in player development, the Phillies could have changes to the big-league staff. Ryne Sandberg is serving as interim manager. He could be hired full-time or the Phils could go in another direction. Pitching coach Rich Dubee’s status is also up in the air as he is in the final year of his contract.
Reinforcements coming
Minor-league seasons end on Monday. Amaro said the Phillies would add some players to the big-league roster next week. He would not specify who was coming. Candidates include infielders Freddy Galvis and Cesar Hernandez, pitcher Tyler Cloyd and catcher Cameron Rupp.