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SOUTHERN LEAGUE: Jumbo Shrimp Announce 2019 Field Staff

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, the Double-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, announced that Kevin Randel will serve as the club’s manager for the 2019 season.

Randel returns to Jacksonville after winning Southern League championships with the club as a player in 2009 and hitting coach in 2014.

Randel is joined by pitching coach Bruce Walton, hitting coach Sean Berry, and defensive coach Jose Ceballos. Brady Fitzgerald will serve as the club’s strength and conditioning coach, Joe Comando returns as the clubhouse manager, and Jacksonville’s athletic trainer and video manager are still to be announced.

Randel has spent the last four years as a manager in the Marlins system, first with Single-A Greensboro from 2015-16 before the last two seasons managing the High-A Jupiter Hammerheads.

“This is a really good opportunity,” Randel said. “Getting back to Jacksonville is a good place from the past with a couple of championships for me there. We’ve got a great staff coming and I’m looking forward to working with all of our young players.”

Last season Randel led the Hammerheads to a winning season, as Jupiter went 70-64 overall and posted a 41-28 record in the first half of the season. Prior to managing the Grasshoppers from 2015-16, Randel spent three seasons as Jacksonville’s hitting coach from 2012-14, helping the club win the 2014 Southern League championship.

Randel also spent two seasons as the hitting coach for Single-A Greensboro from 2010-11. In his time in the Marlins system, Randel has coached major league hitters such as Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto, Austin Barnes, Derek Dietrich, and Jake Marisnick.

Walton is in his first season with Jacksonville and his second season in the Marlins organization after serving as High-A Jupiter’s pitching coach in 2018.

He joined the Marlins after three years away from baseball, last serving as a pitching coach with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs in the Chicago Cubs system in 2014. Prior to joining the Cubs, Walton spent 16 seasons as a coach in Toronto’s organization. He was the Blue Jays’ major league pitching coach from 2010-12, and the club’s bullpen coach from 2003-09. In addition, he served as the pitching instructor for Toronto’s minor league affiliates from 1998-02. He began his coaching career with Toronto in 1996.

Berry is in his first season with Jacksonville and his second season in the Marlins organization. He spent last season as the Marlins hitting coordinator, working with hitters at each level of the organization, including Jacksonville.

Prior to joining the Marlins, Berry spent three years as the hitting coach for Triple-A Norfolk in the Baltimore Orioles organization (2015-17), after spending four seasons as the minor league hitting coordinator with the San Diego Padres (2011-14). Berry served as the hitting coach for the Houston Astros from 2006-10.

Ceballos is in his third season on the Jacksonville staff, and his fifth season overall as a coach in the Marlins organization. Prior to joining Jacksonville’s staff in 2017, Ceballos was a coach with the Single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in 2015 and 2016.

Fitzgerald is in his third season as a strength and conditioning coach in the Marlins organization. Fitzgerald was the strength and conditioning coach for Single-A Greensboro last season, and in 2017 was in the same role with Short-Season A Batavia. Prior to joining the Marlins, Fitzgerald spent three years as a strength and conditioning coach in the Colorado Rockies minor league system.

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