Plenty of teams are out there signing players to their big league squad. The Cincinnati Reds haven’t been one of those teams. But on Monday they did add to the coaching staff. Rolando Valles got a promotion, moving from associate coach to assistant coach. No, we don’t know what the difference between the two gigs is.
Kyle Arnsberg also got a promotion, but his seems to be quite a bit larger. He was named as as assistant coach on the big league staff. He was the New York Yankees bullpen catcher in 2015 and 2016 before joining their player development department. In 2019 he joined the Philadelphia Phillies organization as a player development associate at the Triple-A level. He came over to Cincinnati in 2020 and worked at the alternate site, then in 2021 he was in Double-A Chattanooga as the team’s game planning coach.
Joel McKeithan is joining the Reds organization as the new assistant hitting coach. He has previously worked as the Philadelphia Phillies hitting coach at their affiliate in Williamsport in 2019 and he was assigned the same role for 2020, though with the season not taking place he didn’t get a chance to get out there. In 2021 he was hired by the Detroit Tigers as their minor league hitting coordinator. Prior to joining pro baseball he worked at Driveline as a hitting instructor from 2016-2018. He played collegiately at Vanderbilt and NC State before playing indy ball in 2017 and 2018 for three teams in the Frontier League.
In a move that sort of mirrors what Kyle Arnsberg went through earlier in his career, bullpen catcher Nate Irving will now be the Double-A Chattanooga game planning and bench coach. He had previously worked as a graduate assistant at the University of Virginia before joining the Reds organization in 2019. He played professionally for two seasons in the Arizona organization in 2014 and 2015 before spending three seasons playing indy ball.