Grand Prairie AirHogs

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Grand Prairie AirHogs
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Team logo Cap insignia
League American Association (South Division)
Location Grand Prairie, Texas
Ballpark QuikTrip Park
Year founded 2007
Nickname(s) The Hogs
League championships 2011
Division championships 2008, 2011, 2013
Colors Crimson red, black, silver, white
                   
Ownership Grand Prairie Baseball Club, LLC
Manager Ricky VanAsselberg
General Manager Craig Brasfield
Website www.airhogsbaseball.com

The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a professional baseball team based in Grand Prairie, Texas, in the United States. The AirHogs are a member of the South Division of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball (of which they are the current defending champions), which is not affiliated with Major League Baseball. Beginning in the 2008 season, the AirHogs have played their home games at QuikTrip Park.

The name "AirHogs" is a slang term used by U.S. military pilots, and refers to the city's aviation industry[1] (Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is headquartered in Grand Prairie, and Vought Corporation has a major plant just next to the city, though the plant is technically in Dallas).

On October 22, 2007, the AirHogs named former Major Leaguer, Pete Incaviglia, as the first manager.

2008 season[edit]

The AirHogs played their first game in franchise history on May 8 against the St. Paul Saints, losing the contest 10-3.

The first home game ever played by the AirHogs ended on a sour note as they were defeated 4-2 by the Wichita Wingnuts on May 16.

On July 25, Scot Drucker's contract was purchased by the Detroit Tigers. He will play for the Double-A Erie SeaWolves in the Eastern League. Drucker ends his AirHogs career with an 8-3 record in 15 starts to go along with an ERA of 2.41. That was the second best mark in the league at the time of this transaction. Scot is the first ever Grand Prairie player to be signed by a team affiliated to a Major League club.

On July 28, Starting pitcher Kieran Mattison's contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will be sent to the Dodgers Double-A team, the Jacksonville Suns in the Southern League. Mattison's final stats as an AirHogs player reads, a 9-2 record in 14 starts with the third best ERA in the league (2.42). His 9 wins tied him for second in the league as well.

2009 All-Star Game[edit]

The Grand Prairie AirHogs played host to the 2009 American Association All-Star Game at their home field, Quik Trip Park, on July 21, 2009. The All-Star festivities began on Monday, July 20, 2009 with a banquet for the North and South division All-Stars, held in the locker room of the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington. The All Star Game itself was held on Tuesday, July 21, 2009- with Gates Opening at 3 p.m. in time to allow fans to witness both the North and South division teams have batting practice before the Home Run Derby set at 5:30 p.m. The Pre-Game ceremonies began at 7 p.m. and the First Pitch was thrown by 7:30 p.m.[2]

Year-by-year [1][edit]

Year League Record

W\L

Pct Finish Playoffs Average Attendance
2008 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 56-40 .622 2nd Won South Division/ Lost in Finals to Sioux Falls Canaries 3,056
2009 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 48-48 .500 T-3rd Did not qualify 3,003
2010 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 43-52 .453 3rd Did not qualify 2,707
2011 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 64-36 .640 1st Won South Division/ Won Finals over St. Paul Saints -
2012 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 53-47 .640 2nd Did not qualify -
2013 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 54-46 .540 1st Won South Division/ Lost 1st Round to Wichita Wingnuts -
2014 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 40-60 .400 3rd Did not qualify -

Current roster[edit]

Grand Prairie AirHogs roster
Active (22-man) roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 14 Brandon Bargas
  • 44 Yhency Brazobán
  •  4 Dustin Cameron
  • 23 Trevor Harden
  • 10 Brett Hunter
  • 19 Caesar Lopez
  • 22 Ryan Searle
  • 21 Shawn Spainhoward
  • 17 Dakota Watts
  • 18 Aaron Wilkerson
  • 11 Brandon Wilkerson



 

Catchers

  •  6 Mitch Abeita
  •  8 Vince DiFizio

Infielders

  • 12 Matthew Burns
  •  9 Frazier Hall
  • 13 Abel Nieves
  •  2 Brandon Pinckney
  • 99 Andres Rodriguez

Outfielders

  •  5 Eric Baker
  • 16 Tommy Barksdale
  • 25 Jason Botts
  •  3 Michael Hur
  • 24 Palmer Karr, Jr.
 

Manager

  • Ricky VanAsselberg

Coaches

Injury icon 2.svg Disabled list
‡ Inactive list
§ Suspended list

Roster updated May 17, 2014
Transactions

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