Phillies hire new farm director

The Phillies have hired Joe Jordan as director of player development. Jordan comes from the Baltimore Orioles, where he spent the last seven seasons as director of amateur scouting.

“We couldn’t be happier to bring Joe aboard as our new player development director,” Benny Looper, assistant general manager for player personnel, said in a press release. “He is widely respected around the game and his resume speaks for itself."

Jordan replaces Chuck LaMar, who resigned late in the season. LaMar held the title of assistant GM but oversaw the farm system. Jordan will not hold that title.

In Baltimore, Jordan drafted Nolan Reimold, Matt Wieters, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz. But his contract was set to expire in December and the Orioles hadn't decided to renew it.

Prior to joining the Orioles, Jordan spent eight years (1997-2004) with the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins. He began his career as an area scout with the Expos in 1997 before being named Midwest Supervisor in 2001, a position he remained in following Montreal’s front office staff moving to Florida in 2002. He served as the National Crosschecker in his final two years (2003-04) with the Marlins. 

For some more background on Jordan, read Dan Connolly from the Baltimore Sun.

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