Jacksonville’s Double-A squad opens the 2017 season on the road. Each new series we’ll look at a handful of things you should know for the upcoming Jumbo Shrimp matchup.
Crustacean Nation will have to wait another week for the Jumbo Shrimp to be at the Baseball Grounds. They begin will a five-game series at the Mississippi Braves on Thursday night, April 6.
- It’s the first season as the Jumbo Shrimp instead of the long-time moniker of the Suns. The Jumbo Shrimp logo and brand has spread globally. The online team store should be one of your bookmarks. This week Scott Manze and Richard Miller spoke to team general manager Harold Craw about the Jumbo Shrimp name, merchandise and 2017 promotions.
- Jacksonville will have multiple top-10 prospects to start 2017. Left-handed pitcher Dillon Peters will be the Opening Day starter. LHP Jarlin Garcia is back after nine starts at the Double-A level last year. The hot corner is solidified by Brian Anderson, who was named the 2016 Marlins Minor League Player of the Year. Once again, Jacksonville will see its fair share of future Miami Marlins starters.
- The naming contest for the new Shrimp mascot is down to the final round. There are five names remaining in the fan vote – Jimbo, Mayport, Rocky, Scampi and Shelley. You can vote here for your favorite until April 11. RCR is of the opinion that Jimbo will be the winner. The winning mascot name will be unveiled during the home opener on Wednesday, April 12.
- All 140 regular-season Jumbo Shrimp games will be carried locally on radio with 100.3 FM and AM 1600 The Biz. Roger Hoover enters his sixth season as Jacksonville’s play-by-play broadcaster.
- Jacksonville native Storm Davis begins his first season as the Jumbo Shrimp’s pitching coach. He has been a staple of the First Coast baseball community. A two-time World Series champion with the Baltimore Orioles, Davis’ position with the team gives the Jumbo Shrimp another strong Jacksonville connection.