18:57: Assistant hitting coach John Mallee is also being let go, the team told reporters (incl Sam Blum of the Athletics). Mallee got the job during the 2019-20 offseason, not long after a stint as the head hitting coach in Philadelphia.
4:59 p.m.: The Angels are parting ways with hitting coach Jeremy Reed, reports Jon Heyman of the New York Post (Twitter link). The club have yet to announce the news, but it appears they will soon be looking for a new batting coach to work under manager Phil Nevin.
Reed, 41, has spent the past four seasons in the role. His hiring came within a few weeks of Brad Ausmus signing on as manager, but the Halls have had quite a bit of managerial turnover in the few seasons since then. Ausmus lasted just one year on the job before Joe Maddon was hired in the 2020 season. Maddon held the position for another two seasons but was dismissed in June, with Nevin tabbed as his replacement on an interim basis. Nevin signed a one-year deal and removed the interim tag after the 2022 campaign ended.
The Halos have been a below-average offensive team over the past four seasons. Since the start of 2019, they are 22nd in runs scored. They are 21st in on-base percentage and 18th in slugging. This past season was a particular struggle, as the Halls mustered just a .297 OBP (one of five teams to get on base at a sub-.300 clip). The ranked 15th with a .390 slugging mark, but no MLB team has struck out more often than the Angels’ 25.7% rate. Of Anaheim’s 11 hitters to top 200 plate appearances, only four (Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo) posted a wRC+ better than the 100 league average.
As with any coach, Reed certainly cannot shoulder all the blame for the Halos’ poor performance. Los Angeles has been churning out top-heavy rosters over the past few seasons, and this year’s group was no exception. The Angels lost Anthony Rendon and David Fletcher for extended stretches, leaving them to rely more than anticipated on players like Andrew Velazquez and Matt Duffy. The Halo has also seen sharp regressions from Jared Walsh and Max Stassiboth of which seemed to burst earlier in Reed’s tenure as a hitting coach.
That said, the Halls have also seen some very big name young players struggle at the big league level. Left fielder i adell is the prime example, as the former top prospect managed just a .215/.259/.356 line through his first 161 MLB games. Brandon Marsh had useful numbers overall but significant strikeout concerns that presumably contributed to the Halls’ willingness to deal him for a catching prospect. Logan O’Hoppe at this past trade deadline. Adell and O’Hoppe could both play key roles on next year’s team as the Angels try to break an eight-year drought.