Both before and since he assumed the managerial role for the St. Louis Cardinals' short-season Class-A affiliate in the New York-Penn League, Dann Bilardello has played a broader role in the organization's player development function.
The former first-round draft pick (seventh overall by the Dodgers in 1978) and eight-year major league reserve catcher (Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and San Diego) continues to also serve as the Cardinals minor league catching coordinator.
In that role, Bilardello oversees the development of new catching draftees and those on the doorstep of the majors alike – from Steve Bean to Bryan Anderson – and every backstopper in between.
Prior to the end of the regular season, I spoke with Bilardello about his coordinator role and some of the brighter catching prospects in the Cardinals system.
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Discussing St. Louis Cardinals catching prospects with the organization's positional coordinator.
Discussing St. Louis Cardinals catching prospects with the organization's positional coordinator