The Phillies have hired Brian Barber as the organization’s director of amateur scouting, the club announced today. Barber, 46, had spent the last 18 seasons (2002-19) with the New York Yankees where he was an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker (2007-09) and national crosschecker (2010-19).
“We are very pleased to announce the hiring of Brian Barber as our new director of amateur scouting,” said Phillies General Manager Matt Klentak. “Brian has an extensive history in baseball, both as a player and more recently as a talent evaluator, and we are thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia.”
A first-round (22nd overall) selection in the 1991 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Dr. Phillips High School (Fla.), Barber appeared in 186 games (183 starts) over nine minor league seasons and totaled 1041.2 innings pitched. He spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Cardinals (1995-96) and Kansas City Royals (1998-99).
In high school, Barber was selected as the Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season. He was inducted into the Dr. Phillips Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and had his number retired by the school four years later.