The Phillies have announced that Rick Kranitz will become the team’s pitching coach. Joining the staff as assistant pitching coach is Chris Young.
Kranitz, 59, had most recently served as the job that’ll now go to Young. He has previously served as the pitching coach for the Marlins, Orioles, and Brewers. As for Young, he comes over from the Astros organization, where he had served as a scouting supervisor, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter).
These moves begin to give some clarity to the staff of new manager Gabe Kapler, though there are still some openings. It does seem, though, that Rob Thomson is slated to join on as the bench coach. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com gives the clearest indication yet, tweeting that the team will hire Thomson and could announce the move early next week. Reports have indicated that move will likely follow a decision by the Yankees on their open managerial job, for which Thomson has interviewed.