A couple of familiar Phillies faces are now in the Angels front office
Hinchliffe announced the news earlier this week, sharing his excitement while adding that he is “extremely grateful” for the opportunity. “I can’t wait to compete for a World Series ring next season in Anaheim,” he said.
Among Hinchliffe’s new Angels colleagues includes former Phillies outfielder Ben Francisco, who serves as a special assistant to the general manager. Notably, the last postseason game the Phillies won — more than 10 years ago in the 2011 NLDS — is dubbed as the “Ben Francisco Game.”
Playing away with the series tied 1-1, Francisco launched a three-run home run in the top of the seventh to break a scoreless tie. The Phillies went on to win, 3-2, but fall in the series finale — of which infamously featured Roy Halladay’s last postseason appearance as well as Ryan Howard’s career-changing injury.
Hinchliffe has followed quite the path over the past decade. From 2012-15, he attended Pottsville Area High School — located about 100 miles from Citizens Bank Park — before going on to attend La Salle University to obtain a four-year bachelor’s degree in biology. At the same time, Hinchliffe played catcher and, later, reliever positions for the La Salle Explorers; and, for four months, he served as Athletic Operations Assistant. This experience was Hinchliffe’s first taste of the “front office.”
About one year after joining the Phillies organization as a professional minor-leaguer in June 2019, Hinchliffe was named La Salle’s Director of Player Development due to the COVID-19 pandemic canceling his 2020 season. Among his responsibilities included pitch development and strategy, as well as biomechanics using advanced technology. Hinchliffe later interned for Driveline Baseball — which has a strong presence in the Phillies minor-league structure and similarly focuses on innovative data-driven player development.
After officially hanging up his cleats this past June, Hinchliffe became Driveline’s full-time throwing trainer and was based in Phoenix, Arizona. Now, he has returned to the pros — this time for the American League West-based Los Angeles Angels.
Hinchliffe played in just 16 professional games in the Phillies organization for the GCL Phillies West in 2019. Across 16 games and 24 2/3 innings, he posted a 1.82 ERA and 1.257 WHIP ratio, striking out as many batters as he walked (17). Now just 25 years old, it is good to see he wasted no time to find a new career path that he seems to be passionate about, while still in baseball.