Marlins hire Minor League coordinators

NEW YORK -- In the process of reshaping their Minor League system, the Marlins have hired Joe Dillon as their hitting coordinator and Gary Cathcart as their outfield and baserunning coordinator.

Both are coming to the Marlins from the Nationals' system. Dillon, who spent parts of four big league seasons in the Majors, was with the Marlins in 2005.

The Marlins are continuing their search for a pitching coordinator and field coordinator.

Andy Barkett, a hitting coordinator for the Marlins this season, is a candidate to be promoted to the big leagues as an assistant hitting coach.

Dillon, 40, a former utility player, broke into the big leagues with the Marlins in 2005 after being a seventh-round pick of the Royals in 1997. He also played for the Brewers and Rays, with his last big league season being 2009.

Dillon was a hitting coach in the Minors for the Nationals.

Cathcart, 52, was a 33rd-round pick of the Yankees in 1984. He has managing experience in the Nationals' system.

The Marlins recently announced the hiring of Marc DelPiano as vice president of player development to oversee the Minor League system.

Highly respected, DelPiano was in the Marlins' organization when they won the World Series in 2003 and rejoined Miami after being a special assistant with the Pirates.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.