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Marlins announce 2019 minor league coaching staffs

In a farm system still lacking slam-dunk superstars, it’s a critical year for these MiLB affiliates to maximize whatever talent they have.

Former Marlins major leaguer Mike Jacobs moves up the ladder to manage at full-season ball (Low-A Clinton)
Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images

Usually one of the final orders of business before Spring Training kicks off, the Marlins have announced the 2019 coaching staffs assigned to each of their minor league affiliates. Double-A Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter were among those to previously share their decisions in recent weeks. Now, all seven rosters are accounted for.

See the full press release below:

Marlins Communications

Managers Kevin Randel, Todd Pratt and Mike Jacobs each earned promotions to higher levels of competition. Randel’s Jupiter Hammerheads were the lone full-season affiliate to post a winning record in 2018. Combining the rookie-level squads, Marlins minor leaguers went 357-393 overall (.476 W-L%).

The staffs aren’t 100 percent complete—the defensive coach position of the Clinton LumberKings and defensive coach and strength and conditioning coach positions for the Gulf Coast League Marlins remain “to be determined.”

Strap in for an unpredictable year on the farm. Aside from Cuban outfielder Víctor Víctor Mesa, the Marlins don’t have any players being forecast for future stardom, and even Mesa is a difficult prospect to get a read on. The 2019 season will be his first in affiliated Minor League Baseball.

Selections from last June’s draft—namely Connor Scott, Osiris Johnson, Will Banfield and Tristan Pompey—could see their stock change dramatically over the course of a full summer. Key pitchers like Braxton Garrett, Jordan Holloway and Josh Roberson will attempt to establish themselves coming off elbow surgeries.

Complementing their announcement, the Marlins also posted this video. New Orleans Baby Cakes Senior Vice President & General Manger Augusto “Cookie” Rojas, Jacksonville GM Harold Craw and LumberKings GM Ted Tornow discussed their relationships with the parent club, and how their prospects bonded with the surrounding communities last year.