Beloit Snappers

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Beloit Snappers
Founded in 1982
Beloit, Wisconsin
Beloit Snappers.PNG Snappers cap.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Low-A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League
Division Western Division
Major league affiliations
Current Oakland Athletics (2013–present)
Previous

Minnesota Twins (2005–2012)

Minor league titles
League titles 1995
Division titles 2007
Team data
Nickname Beloit Snappers (1995–Present)
Previous names Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)
Ballpark Harry C. Pohlman Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Beloit Professional Baseball Assoc.
Manager Nelson Prada
General manager Matthew Bosen

The Beloit Snappers are a Class A minor league baseball team, affiliated with the Oakland Athletics,[1] that plays in the Midwest League and is based in Beloit, Wisconsin.[2]

Beloit joined the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1982. The club was a Milwaukee Brewers farm team from its inception through 2004. Beloit switched to the Twins' farm system for the 2005 season. The organization adopted the Snappers nickname in 1995 after using its parent team's nickname for its first 13 seasons. The name derives from the snapping turtle, because Beloit was formerly known as Turtle Village and there is still a Turtle Creek and a town of Turtle. All of these are named for a turtle-shaped Indian mound on the campus of Beloit College.

Their home park is Harry C. Pohlman Field at Telfer Park, built in time for the 1982 season. The franchise attendance record of 10,127 was set in 1986.

The 2003 team included two sons of former major league players. Prince Fielder, the son of former American League home run champion Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of Tony Gwynn. Future major leaguer Danny Valencia played for the 2007 team.

Another noted Major Leaguer, Jim Morris of The Rookie fame played for the Beloit Brewers when he came out of college in the 1980s. Other former Snappers players who moved on to Major League ball include Greg Vaughn, Geoff Jenkins, Jeff D'Amico, Ron Belliard and Ben Sheets. Minnesota Twins players that have come through include Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.

Because the Milwaukee Brewers withdrew their support due to the lack of a new stadium, efforts are underway to build one similar to facilities used by the Rockford RiverHawks or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. One possible location near Janesville could involve renaming the team to reflect a broader Rock County audience.[3] A Dubuque group is said to be interested as well.

Roster[edit]

Beloit Snappers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 28 Andres Avila
  • 31 Trevor Bayless
  • 14 Sam Bragg
  • 17 Dylan Covey
  • 19 Kyle Finnegan
  • 20 Ronald Herrera
  • 16 Chris Lamb
  • 18 Brent Powers
  • 32 Stuart Pudenz
  • 13 Lee Sosa
  • 29 Matt Stalcup
  • 37 Lou Trivino
  • 19 Bobby Wahl

Catchers

  •  7 Andy Paz
  • 12 Philip Pohl

Infielders

  • 25 Ryan Huck
  •  2 Melvin Mercedes
  • 10 Chih Fang Pan
  •  4 Sam Roberts
  •  5 Michael Soto
  • 33 B. A. Vollmuth

Outfielders

  • 23 B. J. Boyd
  •  8 Jaycob Brugman Injury icon 2.svg
  • 36 Tyler Marincov
  •  1 Ryan Mathews
  • 15 Herschel Powell

Manager

  •  4 Rick Magnante

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 9, 2014
Transactions
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Oakland Athletics minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

Chris Parmelee with the Snappers in 2008

Milwaukee Brewers Players

Minnesota Twins Players

References[edit]

  1. ^ Meisel, Zach. "A's make Beloit Snappers their Class A affiliate". mlb.com. Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "Dinda, J. (2003), "Beloit, Wisconsin, in the Midwest League"". 
  3. ^ "Beloit Snappers". Archived from the original on 1 August 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.