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
Class-level
Current A-Advanced (1963–1974, 1978–present)
Previous
  • 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 Atlanta Braves (2015–present)
Previous
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
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Steve Bryant (majority owner) and Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc and Quint Studer.
Manager Ralph "Rocket" Wheeler
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 are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. 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.

History[edit]

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.[1][2]

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

Pitchers

  • 49 Caleb Beech
  • 26 Zack Bird Injury icon 2.svg
  • -- Tyler Brosius Injury icon 2.svg
  • 29 Ryan Clark
  • 34 Enderson Franco
  • -- Ryan Lawlor
  • 11 Sean McLaughlin
  • 20 Raymar Navarro
  • 39 Michael O'Neill
  • 46 Zach Quintana
  • -- Britt Robertshaw Injury icon 2.svg
  • 10 Carlos Salazar
  • 48 Chad Sobotka
  • 37 Andrew Thurman
  • 36 Matt Withrow

Catchers

  • 25 Sal Giardina
  • 15 Tanner Murphy
  • 47 Isaias Tejeda

Infielders

  • 16 Travis Demeritte
  • 13 Jordan Edgerton
  •  4 Ryan Gebhardt
  • 17 Reed Harper
  • 32 Erison Mendez
  •  2 Omar Obregon
  • 22 Luis Valenzuela

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

  • 49 Barrett Kleinknecht (coach)
  • 43 Derrick Lewis (pitching)
  • 38 Carlos Méndez (hitting)




Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated August 7, 2016
Transactions
More MiLB rosters
Atlanta Braves minor league players

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carolina to Pensacola, Kinston to Zebulon in 2012". Ballpark Digest. December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats. 

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