The Phillies announced yesterday the hiring of Brian Barber as Director of Amateur Scouting. The 46-year-old will take over for Johnny Alamaraz, who voluntarily transitioned to a special assistant role with the organization after five years of overseeing the club’s drafts (as initially reported by Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports).
Barber was a first-round draft choice of the Cardinals as a right-handed pitcher in 1991. While he suited up in parts of four big league seasons for MLB’s pair of Missouri franchises, he’s really carved out a niche in his post-playing career as a talent evaluator. After hanging up the spikes following the 1999 season, Barber moved into scouting, where he’d spent the better part of the last two decades in the Yankees’ organization.
Barber got his feet wet as an area scout for the Bombers before being promoted to East Coast crosschecker in 2007. For the last ten seasons, Barber has served as a national crosschecker under Yankees’ VP of Amateur Scouting Damon Oppenheimer. As Salisbruy reports, Barber was instrumental in the organization’s selection of Aaron Judge in the first round out of Fresno State in 2013, no doubt the Yankees’ best war room decision in recent memory. He’ll now get his first opportunity to head an organization’s amateur scouting efforts.