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2018 Coaching Staff

Dunedin Coaching staff



Casey Candaele

Casey Candaele -Manager

2018 is Casey Candaele's first season managing an affiliated baseball team. As a player, Candaele played 18 seasons in professional baseball, including nine in the Major Leagues with the Montreal Expos, Houston Astros, and Cleveland Indians. He finished 4th in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 1987, hitting .272 in 138 games in his first full season. During his career, he was known as a hard-nosed versatile player who appeared at every defensive position besides catcher and pitcher in the Major Leagues. He retired as a player in 2000 after over 2,100 games in the Majors and Minors. For the past two seasons, he has been the Seattle Mariners' First Base Coach and worked previously in the Texas Rangers' system as a Field Coordinator and Infield and Base Running Coach.




Donnie Murphy


Donnie Murphy-Hitting Coach

Donnie Murphy joins Dunedin as the team's Hitting Coach in 2018. Like Candaele, Murphy played nine seasons in the Major Leagues as a player appearing with the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Chicago Cubs, and Texas Rangers between 2004 and 2014. Murphy retired as a player in 2015 and served as the A-Lansing Lugnuts Hitting Coach during the 2016 and 2017 seasons. In 2017, Murphy guided Lansing hitters to a first place finish in the Midwest League in on-base percentage (.351) and the second-best ranking in average (.268), runs (685), and On-Base Plus Slugging (.742).






Mark Riggins


Mark Riggins -Pitching Coach

Mark Riggins returns for his second season in Dunedin in 2018. During his playing career, Riggins spent five seasons in the minor leagues in the St. Louis and Baltimore systems, advancing as high as Triple-A. He excelled in his time in the Florida State League, posting an 11-4 record and 1.77 ERA over two seasons, leading the league in saves and being named an All-Star in 1980. He retired and began coaching in 1984, ascending through the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates before being named their Major League pitching coach for the 1995 season. From 1996-2007, he was the Cardinals minor league pitching coordinator. He took the same position with the Chicago Cubs from 2008-2010 and served as the Cubs Major League pitching coach in 2011. From 2012-2015, he was the minor league pitching coordinator for the Cincinnati Reds and was named their Major League pitching coach to begin the 2016 season.



Michel Abreu


Michel Abreu -Coach

Coach Michel Abreu begins his second season coaching in Dunedin in 2018 following a 13-year playing career in the minor leagues and foreign leagues. An accomplished hitter, Abreu won the 2006 Eastern League (AA) batting championship (.332), the 2009 Puerto Rican League MVP, the 2012 Mexican League batting title, and the 2013 Japanese Pacific League homerun crown. Across 13 professional seasons, Abreu hit .309 with 239 home runs.








Dan Leja


Dan Leja -Trainer

Trainer Dan Leja joins Dunedin in 2018 from the Vancouver Canadians where he served as Athletic Trainer for the past two seasons. Prior to his work in the Blue Jays system, Leja worked for the Tampa Bay Rays (2015) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2013). He holds a Bachelor Degree from Grand Valley State University and a Master's from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.








Kyle Edlhuber

Kyle Edlhuber -Strength Coach


2018 will be Kyle Edlhuber's fourth season coaching a Blue Jays affiliate. Edlhuber played collegiate baseball at the Wisconsin Lutheran College and graduated with undergraduate degrees in Kinesiology and Exercise Science and Business Administration. He received his Master's from the University of Wisconsin-La Cross in 2015 in Human Performance. A former collegiate coach, he has served as Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Blue Jays Gulf Coast League Affiliate since 2015.