Phillies International Scouting Director Sal Agostinelli has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Dallas Green Award, the club announced today.
Agostinelli, who was named to his current position in 2012 after spending 15 years as the international scouting supervisor, has been a member of the Phillies scouting staff since 1993. Since joining the department, he has had a hand in signing several prominent international players, including Carlos Ruiz, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and 2013 Paul Owens Award winner Maikel Franco.
"Sal really jump-started the international scouting program that we have today," Green said. "He's been instrumental in our two schools in the Dominican and Venezuela, setting them up, getting them running and going down there and bringing the kids along. He has been with us a long time and is just a wonderful worker and a wonderful Phillie."
A former catcher, Agostinelli played nine seasons in the minor leagues, spending six in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system (1983-88) and three in the Phillies (1989-91) before retiring in 1992. He served as a coach for the double-A Reading Phillies that season before joining the scouting department the following year as an area scout covering the New York, New Jersey, Delaware and New England region.
The 2015 Dallas Green Award will be presented on the field on September 30, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets. The award was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Green, who has spent 61 years in professional baseball, 45 of which have been with the Phillies.
"I'm flattered and I can't believe it," Agostinelli said. "Dallas Green is such a special guy to me and my family. It's just so flattering for a guy like me that comes from where I came from to even be associated with the name."
The award is presented annually to an amateur or professional scout who best exemplifies the Phillies standard for scouting while demonstrating the same loyalty, work ethic, dedication and passion as the award's namesake. It is also recognition of the scout's ability to judge not only a player's talent, but also his character and heart.