Jordan to Phillies

Orioles scouting director Joe Jordan is leaving the organization and will be the Philadelphia Phillies director of player development starting in 2012.

Wednesday’s news that Jordan will not be back, which was first reported by, isn’t entirely unexpected given the uncertainty in the Orioles front office. Jordan, who was hired by the Orioles in November 2004, has a current contract that is up at the end of the year and his future with Baltimore was already in jeopardy given last week’s announced departure of president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail.

Prior to joining the Orioles, Jordan spent eight years with the Montreal Expos and Florida Marlins and he will take over the Phillies position vacated by last month’s departure of assistant general manager Chuck LaMar. While the 49-year-old Jordan has come under recent scrutiny as the Orioles Minor League system has lagged behind with a frightening lack of depth, he is responsible for Drafting current Orioles’ catcher Matt Wieters and young starters Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton.

Jordan’s biggest miss in the Draft was selecting high school infielder Billy Rowell, who just finished his first season in Double-A, with the ninth overall pick in 2006. He drafted infielder Brandon Snyder (13th) with his first first-round pick in 2005, and is coming off a pair of highly- regarded selections in this year’s first-round pitcher Dylan Bundy (fourth overall) and last year’s Manny Machado (third overall), who is already considered the organization’s best position prospect.

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