Amateur scouting director Almaraz steps down

The Phillies will search for a new director of amateur scouting after Johnny Almaraz stepped down to spend more time with his family.
Johnny Almaraz

2015 first round pick Cornelius Randolph shakes hands with Phillies Director of Amateur Scouting Johnny Almaraz during a press conference prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles on June 17, 2015. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Johnny Almaraz, the architect of the last five Phillies drafts that brought players such as Spencer Howard, Adam Haseley, Alec Bohm, Bryson Stott, Mickey Moniak and Cornelius Randolph to the Phillies has stepped down from his job as Director of Amateur Scouting. The 54-year old Almaraz made the decision to step down based on his desire to spend more time with his family, but he will remain with the Phillies as a special assistant to scouting and player development.

Phillies GM Matt Klentak issued a statement announcing Almaraz’ departure: “Johnny Almaraz has had an enormously successful career in baseball. He has been instrumental in the signing and development of many quality big league players. We are grateful for the five years that he spent leading our scouting department, and we feel very fortunate that he will continue to have an impact on our scouting and player development efforts in his new role.”

The team will conduct a search for a replacement from internal and external candidates. Almaraz’ assistant, Greg Schilz, will likely be one of the leading candidates for the job.

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