The Stone Crabs will take the field behind a new skipper for the third straight season. Michael Johns has been named the fourth manager in Stone Crabs history and will be joining returning hitting coach Joe Szekely, pitching coach Steve Watson and trainer Scott Thurston.
Johns joins the Stone Crabs after leading the Bowling Green Hot Rods last season. He is in his eighth season in the Rays organization.
Szekely returns to the Stone Crabs as the only member of the team to have stayed in Port Charlotte since the inaugural season in 2009. He is in his eleventh season with the Rays.
Watson will be the Stone Crabs pitching coach for his fourth season with the Stone Crabs.
Thurston rejoins the Stone Crabs for his fourth season as the team’s trainer.
The Stone Crabs open their 2015 season at home on April 9th against the Fort Myers Miracle.