Former Trojan named manager in Miami Marlins farm system

Published 10:43 pm Thursday, January 31, 2013

Former Troy State University baseball star Jorge Hernandez was named manager of the Miami Marlins Single-A affiliate Greensboro Grasshoppers on Thursday.

Hernandez, who spent the three previous seasons as the manager of the Gulf Coast Marlins, was an all-conference selection while with the Trojans. He was a member of the 1987 Division II National Championship team.

Troy finished the 1987 season 37-10-1 and champions of the Gulf South Conference. The Trojans would win their final 15 games that season en route to the title including all four in the World Series, three in the South Central Regional and three in the Gulf South Conference tournament.

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Hernandez was drafted by the Houston Astros in the ninth round in 1986 but opted to sign with Troy State.

Hernandez previously served as hitting coach at Greensboro in 2008 where the team blasted 161 home runs. The Grasshoppers batted .261 as a team which was good enough to rank them third in the South Atlantic League.

Four players from that 2008 team have since spent time in the majors: Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Dominguez, Bryan Peterson and Osvaldo Martinez.

Hernandez has spent time as a coach in the college ranks as well coaching at the University of Mobile, Texas A&M and West Florida.

Hernandez landed his first professional coaching gig in 2004 as the hitting instructor for the then independent Pensacola Pelicans.

As the manager of the Gulf Coast Marlins in the Rookie League, Hernandez compiled a 113-52 record and led the squad to the Gulf Coast League playoffs all three seasons.