Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

Phils hire Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies on Monday afternoon announced a tweak to their Minor League player development staff, as they hired Rafael Chaves to be their Minor League pitching coordinator. Philadelphia interviewed Chaves to be the 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 Phils said they will announce their complete player development staff at a later date.

• The Phillies also announced they have outrighted right-hander Sean O'Sullivan off the 40-man roster. He went 0-1 with a 6.39 ERA in three appearances (two starts) this season.

Todd Zolecki is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.