Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic was first to report that the Phillies have promoted assistant pitching coach Chris Young to be the team’s pitching coach, ousting current coach Rick Kranitz. Rosenthal points to the number of other teams interested in hiring away Young to be their pitching coach. Apparently, the Phillies prefer to move Young into the top spot and allow Kranitz to seek opportunities elsewhere.
#Phillies promoting assistant pitching coach Chris Young to pitching coach in place of Rick Kranitz, sources tell The Athletic. Team will allow Kranitz to interview elsewhere. Move prompted by multiple teams showing interest in making Young their head pitching coach.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 14, 2018
Young was named the Phillies assistant pitching coach last December after he had served as a scouting supervisor with the Houston Astros from 2015-2017 and as a scout with San Diego since 2010. Young pitched for six seasons in the minors with Colorado, Pittsburth and Florida and posted a respectable 3.54 ERA in 266 minor league games. He was initially drafted by the Rockies in the 18th round of the 2002 Draft. He finished his pitching career with the Camden Riversharks of the independent Atlantic League in 2008.
Kranitz Phillies career started in October of 2015 when he came on as bullpen coach prior to moving to assistant pitching coach for the 2017 season. Last December, the Phillies elevated him to pitching coach on manager Gabe Kapler’s staff for Kapler’s first season as a major league manager. Krantiz had also served as a pitching coach for Milwaukee (2011-2-15), Baltimore (2008-2010) and with Florida (2006-2007). From 1984-2005, Kranitz was a member of the Chicago Cubs organization as a coach at the major league and minor league levels, including managing High-A Daytona in 2003.
Like Young, Kranitz did not pitch in the majors, but spent five seasons in Milwaukee’s minor league organization and another two seasons in the Cubs minor league system.