PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Phillies have hired Brian Barber to be director of amateur scouting.

Barber spent the last 18 seasons with the New York Yankees. He was an area scout (2002-06), East Coast crosschecker (2007-09) and national crosschecker (2010-19). Crosscheckers are scouts who provide second opinions.

The Phillies announced the hiring Tuesday. The 46-year-old Barber replaced Johnny Almaraz, who stepped down but will remain with the organization.

“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,” general manager Matt Klentak said.

Barber was a first-round (22nd overall) selection in the 1991 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 5-8 with a 6.77 ERA in 26 games over parts of four seasons with the Cardinals and Royals.

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