Phillies Add Guerrero to Help Hitters

The Phillies have a bunch of young players on their roster and they’ve added perhaps the youngest coach in the majors to go with them. Pedro Guerrero, 28 – no relation to the former Dodgers slugger – was named the team’s assistant hitting coach under John Mallee. Even though Guerrero is young, only two Phillies players on the 40-man roster – Luis Garcia and Cameron Rupp – are older, showing just how young the Phillies team really is.

To tab Guerrero, manager Gabe Kapler dug into his Dodgers roots, hiring the former minor league infielder who served as a minor league bench coach the past two seasons. Guerrero played eight seasons in the Dodgers minor league system, putting together a slash line of 23-163-.236/.287/.351 and playing only two games higher than the Double-A level.

Hiring Guerrero means that the Phillies have filled five of their seven coaching spots, with Mallee and Guerrero handling the hitters, Dusty Wathan serving as the third base coach and Jim Gott taking over as bullpen coach. The Phillies have also retained Rick Kranitz, who will be either the pitching coach or the assistant pitching coach. The Phillies still need to hire a bench coach and a first base coach, meaning that it’s likely that Kranitz will be the team’s pitching coach since teams are only allowed to have seven coaches.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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