The Phillies have hired Juan Castro as their new infield coach, the team announced after the news was reported by MLB.com’s Jon Morosi and Todd Zolecki (Twitter link). He takes the position vacated by Bobby Dickerson, who is now the Padres’ bench coach.
Castro was already with the Philadelphia organization, having served as its minor-league infield coordinator in 2019. He also played with the Phillies briefly in 2010 — one of the final stops in a big-league career that spanned 17 seasons and five clubs.
Despite possessing little in the way of MLB-worthy hitting ability, Castro commanded nearly three thousand lifetime plate appearances owing to his magical glovework. After wrapping up his playing career following the 2011 campaign, and before landing with the Phils, Castro worked in varying capacities with the Dodgers and the Mexican League’s Tijuana Toros.