Philadelphia Phillies hire Rafael Chaves as Minor League pitching coordinator

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Sep 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; General view of the field as the Philadelphia Phillies warm up during batting practice before a game against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Prized arms in the Philadelphia Phillies farm system such as Aaron Nola, Jesse Biddle and Severino Gonzalez now have a new set of eyes watching them.

The club announced it hired former Seattle Mariners pitching coach Rafael Chaves as the organization’s Minor League pitching coordinator.  Bob McClure beat out Chaves last offseason for the Philadelphia Phillies pitching coach job.

“We are extremely excited to add Rafael to our staff,” Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan told MLB’s official website.  “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and is one of the most respected names in our business when it comes to developing pitchers.”

Chaves has held the same position in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization and did so for five years.  In 2014 he was a special assistant of player development with the Dodgers.  He’s also served as pitching coach with several minor league teams including Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the New York Yankees system.

In 2014 Carlos Arroyo was the Phillies’ MiLB pitching coordinator, but he we now serve as the roving pitching coach which was his previous job.