The Tampa Bay Rays have released their minor league field staff for the 2016 season and the Stone Crabs staff remains unchanged. Michael Johns will lead the club with Joe Szekely as the hitting coach and Steve Watson as the pitching coach. Scott Thurston also returns as the team trainer.
Johns returns to the helm for his second season in Port Charlotte after leading the team to their first league championship in franchise history last year. He is in his ninth season in the Rays organization.
Szekely is the only member of the staff to have been with the Stone Crabs since day one , joining the Stone Crabs for the inaugural season in 2009. He has been a member of the Rays coaching staff for the past twelve years.
Watson and Thurston are both entering their fifth season with the Stone Crabs.
The 2016 season kicks off April 7th on the road in Palm Beach.