Angels’ Skaggs a big fan of Nagy becoming pitching coach

Young lefty Tyler Skaggs likes the Angels' new choice for pitching coach. 

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The Los Angeles Angels announced earlier this week that Charlie Nagy will be the club’s new pitching coach, replacing Mike Butcher. 

The 48-year-old Nagy was an MLB pitcher for 14 seasons, spending 13 of them with the Cleveland Indians. He joins the Halos after spending 2015 as a special assistant with the Indians – a role he held after three years as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching coach. 

When reached for comment about Nagy’s fit on the Angels, new GM Billy Eppler was very complimentary…as quoted by Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register

“He just checked off a lot of boxes that we were looking for in a number of areas,” Angels general manager Billy Eppler said. “He's a guy that obviously was tested as a player at the major league level. Very good demeanor. Very easygoing and relates to pitchers of all types and backgrounds. Very prepared and well thought out. As we discussed the candidates, he just emerged as the guy that we wanted to gravitate to.”

Left-handed pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who spent all of 2015 recovering from 2014 Tommy John surgery, also went on record as being a big fan of Nagy’s. Prior to joining the Angels, Skaggs was a young prospect with the Dbacks, so he’s familiar with how Nagy operates: 

“He is a great guy,” Skaggs said via text. “I loved him when I was with the DBacks. Very calm and relaxed and very knowledgeable of the game.”

In Nagy and newly-announced hitting instructor Dave Hansen, Eppler and the Angels are quickly getting through one of their big offseason goals: building a new coaching staff around manager Mike Scioscia as the Halos look to put together a group capable of returning to the postseason in 2016.