The Phillies are set to promote Chris Young to their primary pitching coach position, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). He had been the assistant to Rick Kranitz, who’ll now be allowed to speak with other organizations about their openings.
Young — not to be confused with this Chris Young … or that Chris Young — just wrapped up his first year with the Phillies organization after working as a scouting supervisor with the Astros. He came on board last winter, taking over the assistant job that had just been vacated by Kranitz, as the team built out a staff under skipper Gabe Kapler.
Evidently, Young made quite an impression on the Philadelphia organization — along with some of its rivals. Per Rosenthal, this move was occasioned by the fact that Young was drawing interest as a target from other clubs, leaving the Phils in need of a means of keeping him around. Kranitz will end up being bumped from his post as a result; just where he might end up isn’t yet clear.