The Miami Marlins, Thursday, named their six team managers in the minor league for the 2022 season. Two are holding on to the same role they played last season. Some are familiar faces. Three of them are transitioning to new roles, including one who got a taste of management experience for the first time. And one new to the organization.
Six: Darren Brown (Triple A Jacksonville), Kevin Rundle (Double A Pensacola), Jorge Hernandez (Class A Bluewet Advanced), Angel Espada (Class Jupiter), Louis Durant Sr (Florida Complex League) and Nelson Prada (Dominican Summer League) .
Brown is the only one of the six who were not previously part of the Marlins organization, but he has more than 20 years of management experience – including 50 appearances as interim manager of the Seattle Mariners in 2010. The most recent was the opening manager of Kingsport Axmen, who earned for the 2021 Appalachian League title of the year. He is 1,260-1,256 all the time as a minor league manager.
Randle and Durante are the two who stayed in the same position they held in 2021. Randle is in his seventh season as a Marlins branch manager in the minor league, including his third consecutive season in the A-level double. Durante, on his second stint with the Marlins after being part of the organization from 2002-07, runs the Florida Complex League for the second consecutive season.
As for the other three:
▪ Hernandez is moving to manage the Class A Advanced Beloit after serving as Jupiter Hammerheads manager last season. This is Hernandez’s 16th year with the Marlins. He was the Marlins’ minor league coordinator for five seasons before moving to a managerial position in 2021.
▪ Espada is in his fourteenth season with the Marlins. He has spent the past two seasons as the organization’s field coordinator in Latin America for the Marlins. Espada has six seasons of managerial experience: five years at Category A level and one in the Dominican Summer League.
▪ Prada is in his second season with Marlins. He was the bats coach at DSL Marlins last year.