Phillies to honor former SRU catcher Sal Agostinelli
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Philadelphia Phillies International Scouting Director Sal Agostinelli has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Dallas Green Award. Agostinelli was drafted out of Slippery Rock University in the 22nd round of the 1983 draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He played for The Rock in 1981, 1982 and 1983.
Agostinelli, who was named to his current position in 2012 after spending 15 years as the international scouting supervisor, has been a member of the Phillies scouting staff since 1993. Since joining the department, he has had a hand in signing several prominent international players, including Carlos Ruiz, Freddy Galvis, Cesar Hernandez and 2013 Paul Owens Award winner Maikel Franco.
A former catcher, Agostinelli played nine seasons in the minor leagues, spending six in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system (1983-88) and three in the Phillies (1989-91) before retiring in 1992. He served as a coach for the double-A Reading Phillies that season before joining the scouting department the following year as an area scout covering the New York, New Jersey, Delaware and New England region.
The 2015 Dallas Green Award will be presented on the field Sept. 30, prior to the 7:05 p.m. game against the New York Mets. The award was established in 2011 to honor the accomplishments of Green, who has spent 61 years in professional baseball, 45 of which have been with the Phillies.