Grand Prairie AirHogs

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Grand Prairie AirHogs
Founded in 2007
Grand Prairie, Texas
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Team logo Cap insignia
League affiliations
Name
  • Grand Prairie AirHogs (2008-present)
Other nicknames
  • The Hogs
Team Colors
  • Crimson red, black, silver, white
                   
Ballpark
Championships
  • League titles: 2011
  • Division titles: 2008, 2011, 2013
Owner(s)/
Operator(s):
Grand Prairie Baseball Club, LLC
General Manager: Craig Brasfield
Manager: Ricky VanAsselberg
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 season[edit]

The 2009 Season will see the AirHogs defending the South Division Title earned in their inaugural season, as well as playing host to the 2009 American Association All-Star Game.

The AirHogs finished the 2009 Spring Training pre-season with a final undefeated record of 4-0, Sweeping the Fort Worth Cats at La Grave Field and the Sioux City Explorers at Home.

The AirHogs 2009 Season started on the road in Fort Worth on Thursday, May 14 against the cross-town rival Fort Worth Cats.[2] The 2009 Season Home Opener will take place on Friday, May 22 against the Pensacola Pelicans.

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.[3]

Year-by-year[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 Did not qualify 2009 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 48-48 .500 T-3rd - 3,003 Did not qualify 2010 American Association of Independent Professional Baseball 43-52 .453 3rd - 2,707 Did not qualify 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

Current roster[edit]

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

Pitchers

  • 33 James Adkins
  • 17 Derek Blacksher
  • 43 Jake Cowan
  •  6 Jakob Cunningham
  • 26 Justin Dowdy
  • 27 Drew Gagnier
  • 18 Patrick Mincey
  • 43 Derrick Miramontes
  • 21 Jared Mortensen
  • 23 David Quinowski
  • 18 Josh Strawn



 

Catchers

  • 14 Angel Flores
  • 19 Joe Staley

Infielders

  •  8 Stephen Malcolm
  •  1 Brian Myrow
  •  2 Yasutsugu Nishimoto
  • 12 Brandon Pinckney
  • 35 Juan M. Richardson
  • 99 Andres Rodriguez

Outfielders

  • 20 Kenny Held
  •  3 Aaron King
  •  8 Keanon Simon
 

Manager

  • Ricky VanAsselberg

Coaches

  • Eric Champion (assistant coach)
  • Justin Dowdy (pitching coach)
  • Kevin Griffith (hitting coach)
  • Taka Miyoshi (assistant coach)
  • Barrett Weaver (first base coach)

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

Roster updated 2013-05-17
Transactions

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