Carolina Mudcats

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For the team that played with this name from 1991–2011, see Carolina Mudcats (1991–2011).
Carolina Mudcats
Founded in 1978
Zebulon, North Carolina
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Team logo Cap insignia
Current A-Advanced (1963–1974, 1978–present)
  • B (1925–1927, 1956–1957, 1962)
  • D (1908, 1928–1929, 1937–1941, 1946–1952)
  • semipro (1934–1936)
  • outlaw (1921–1922)
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League (1956–1957, 1962–1974, 1978–present)
Division Southern Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current TBD (from 2017)
Minor league titles
League titles (8)
  • 1935
  • 1947
  • 1962
  • 1988
  • 1991
  • 1995
  • 2004
  • 2006
Division titles (10)
  • 1988
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
  • 2002
  • 2005
  • 2006
  • 2011
Team data
Nickname Carolina Mudcats (2012–present)
Previous names
  • Kinston Indians (1987–2011)
  • Kinston Eagles (1925–1973, 1978–1981, 1986)
  • Kinston Blue Jays (1982–1985)
  • Kinston Expos (1974)
  • Kinston Highwaymen (1922)
  • Kinston Robins (1921)
Mascot Muddy the Mudcat
Ballpark Five County Stadium (2012–present)
Previous parks
Steve Bryant (majority owner), Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc., and Quint Studer
Manager TBD
General Manager Joe Kremer

The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They are currently members of the Carolina League and were most recently the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. The Braves signed a Player Development Contract with new Florida State League team to begin in 2017, leaving Carolina to find a new major league affiliate.[1] They play their home games at Five County Stadium.

The franchise originated in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of Kinston, North Carolina. In 2012 they relocated to Zebulon amid a series of purchases and moves, and took up the name of the previous Carolina Mudcats team.


Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium

The franchise was established in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of the Carolina League. They were known as the Kinston Indians from 1987 through 2011, and were the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2012 they moved to Zebulon, North Carolina as part of a complicated series of moves and purchases by Pensacola businessman Quint Studer. Studer purchased the existing Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, relocating them to Pensacola as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

To seal this purchase, Quint Studer had to facilitate the move of the Kinston team to Zebulon, where they took up the Mudcats name and branding.[2][3]

The Mudcats name and branding has existed in Zebulon, North Carolina since 1991, but was launched in Columbus, Georgia two years prior as the Columbus Mudcats. In Zebulon, the AA franchise was first affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates; its affiliation eventually passed to the Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds with whom the franchise was affiliated when it was moved to Pensacola. The single-A Mudcats' initial affiliation with Cleveland was inherited from the predecessor Kinston Indians' established relationship with the Cleveland club.

Current roster[edit]

Carolina Mudcats roster
Players Coaches/Other


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  • None (hitting)
  • None (pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list

# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated September 16, 2016
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Notable alumni[edit]



  1. ^ Hill, Benjamin (September 16, 2016). "Braves move A Advanced club to Kissimmee". Retrieved September 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Carolina to Pensacola, Kinston to Zebulon in 2012". Ballpark Digest. December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats. 


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