Report: Phillies Tab Bonifay as New Farm Director
The current Phillies front office kept incumbent farm director Joe Jordan in his role until the end of the 2018 season, when Jordan left the organization. While the Phillies were searching for a replacement Jordan was and is getting interest from other teams. It appears that the Phillies have found their new farm director.
According to Matt Gelb of the Athletic (subscription required and recommended), the Phillies are set to hire Josh Bonifay. Bonifay, 40, is the son of former Pirates general manager Cam Bonifay, and has held a number of roles in coaching and the front office.
After eight seasons as a minor league baseball player, Bonifay joined the Houston Astros organization as a hitting coach for their Appalachian League rookie team, and held a number of roles in the organization, including manager.
In 2017, Bonifay joined the Texas Rangers as major league fielding coordinator. He held that role for one season before returning to the Houston Astros as minor league field coordinator.
As Gelb notes, the Phillies are rebuilding much of their hitting coach inventory this offseason, with several names being dismissed by the organization, including John Mizerock, Frank Cacciatore, Sal Rende and Andy Tracy. All were long-term voices in the organization.
The Phillies have not announced the move yet.