The Angels have promoted Shawn Wooten to assistant hitting coach, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Wooten, who served as the Angels’ minor league assistant hitting coordinator last season, will work under hitting coach Jeremy Reed in Anaheim.
The 46-year-old Wooten is a longtime member of the Angels organization, having spent the majority of his major league career on their roster before entering the coaching ranks. The former catcher and corner infielder was in Anaheim from 2000-03, during which he was part of the franchise’s only World Series-winning team (2002), before playing parts of the next two seasons with the Phillies and Red Sox. His career wrapped up in 2008 after a combined three years in the minors with the Twins, Mets and Padres.
Wooten’s hiring is the third that new manager Brad Ausmus has made since assuming the reins in October. The club previously added Reed and tabbed Doug White as its pitching coach.