A proud Wake County staple since 1991, the Carolina Mudcats have provided affordable and family-friendly baseball fun for over 30 years at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, NC. Known for their famous mascot Muddy the Mudcat, spectacular fireworks nights, souvenir giveaway events and their iconic swimming catfish logos, the Mudcats have routinely maintained their status as one of Minor League Baseball’s most popular franchises.
Star players including Miguel Cabrera (2003), Dontrelle Willis (2003), Matt Holliday (2002), Tim Wakefield (1991/1993), Francisco Lindor (2013), Devin Williams (2018), and Corbin Burnes (2017) all played for the Mudcats at some point during their careers. In all, over 1,000 professional baseball players, including more than 300 future major leaguers, have made Zebulon and Five County Stadium a stop on their climb to the big leagues.
Owned and operated by the Milwaukee Brewers, the Mudcats are the officially licensed Class-A affiliate of the Brewers and play in the 12-team Carolina League.
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• August 1, 1988 - Future Carolina Mudcats owner Steve Bryant finalizes purchase of Columbus Astros (Double-A, Southern League) franchise from the Preston group in Columbus, GA. Bryant also purchased the Carolina League's Greensboro Hornets in 1988.
• Steve Bryant re-brands the Columbus Astros as the Columbus Mudcats and expands the team front office. The new team name is chosen by local fans following a name the team contest. Mudcats, Generals, Cannons, River Rats and Scrambled Dogs were among the thousands of suggestions submitted by fans.
• Following the 1990 season, the Columbus Mudcats announce plans to move to Zebulon, North Carolina and become the Carolina Mudcats.
• The new Mudcats brand proves to be a hit as merchandise sales top $225,000. Sports Illustrated and Baseball Weekly both noted that Mudcats' hats were purchased by Muhammad Ali, Willard Scott and President Jimmy Carter.
• Pittsburgh Pirates affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Houston Astros following the 1990 season and began a new agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
• April 11, 1991 - The first ever game in Carolina Mudcats history results in a 1-0 loss in Greenville, SC versus the Braves (Atlanta Braves).
• April 19, 1991 - With Five County Stadium still under construction, the Mudcats begin playing games at Fleming Stadium in Wilson, NC. The Mudcats defeated the visiting Greenville Braves 5-1 in their first home game of the season.
• July 3, 1991 - The Mudcats officially make their home debut at Five County Stadium in Zebulon in front of a crowd of 7,333 (L, 6-5 vs. Greenville). Workers were still installing the stadium seats when the Mudcats finally began their home slate of games in Zebulon on July 3, 1991. Those same workers then doubled as ushers as they installed seats for fans as they entered through the gates. Stadium workers also had to physically raise a flag pole during the opening night rendition of the National Anthem before the game.
• Raleigh Hot Stove Banquet awards Steve Bryant its annual Will Wynne Award. The award, presented is given to the North Carolinian who has done the most for baseball in the Tar Heel State.
• May 8, 1992 - RHP Mike Zimmerman and RHP Dennis Tafoya combined on the first no-hitter in Carolina team history as the Mudcats defeated Chattanooga, 1-0 on May 8.
• May 11, 1992 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Mudcats 4-1 in a MLB exhibition game in front of 7,412 fans at Five County Stadium.
• The Mudcats set a new triangle team area attendance record after drawing over 328,000 people to the still growing Five County Stadium in Zebulon.
• Manager Bobby Meacham leads the Mudcats to a 74-66 record and to the Southern League first half (44-26) Eastern Division title. The Mudcats then went on to defeat Greenville three games two in the Eastern Division Playoffs, before falling three games to one to Huntsville in the Southern League Championship series.
• April 17, 1994 - A crowd of 8,067 see the Mudcats take on (then) retired NBA star Michael Jordan and the Birmingham Barons (Chicago White Sox) at Five County Stadium His "Airness" went 2-for-4 in the first game of a series between the Barons and Mudcats in Zebulon on April 17, 1994.
• April 21, 1994 - The Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Mudcats 4-3 in a MLB exhibition game in front of 7,412 fans at Five County Stadium.
• 1B/OF Mark Johnson named Southern League MVP after hitting a Southern League high 23 home runs and batting .276/.384/.515 with 107 hits, 85 RBI and 69 runs in 111 games.
Mudcats win Southern League Championship.
• Manager Trent Jewett leads the Mudcats to an 89-55 record and their first Southern League Championships title. The Mudcats defeated Orlando three games to two in the Eastern Division playoffs before eventually winning three out of five versus Chattanooga in the Southern League Championship series.
• May 1, 1995 - 3B George Canale homers in the fifth, sixth (grand slam) and ninth innings all while driving in six RBI in a 14-7 win in Jacksonville.
• June 21, 1995 - 1B Michael Brown, 3B George Canale, SS Tony Womack and OF Jonathan Farrell turn first triple play in team history (vs. Greenville).
• Jason Kendall named Southern League MVP after finishing second in the league in batting (.326) and on-base percentage (.414). Kendall also totaled 140 hits, 87 runs, 56 walks and just 22 strikeouts over 117 games in what was his second season with the Mudcats.
• May 2, 1996 - The Mudcats defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 12-0 in a MLB exhibition game at Five County Stadium.
• May 5, 1996 - INF/OF Ken Bonifay, INF Chance Sanford and C Rob Leary turn 5-4-3, 10th-inning triple play versus Memphis.
• July 4, 1996 - A franchise record 9,281 fans watch the Mudcats defeat the Knoxville Smokies 7-5 on July 4, 1996 at Five County Stadium.
• August 12, 1996 - 3B George Canale becomes first Mudcats player with six hits in a game after going 6-for-9 with a double, two triples and 5 RBI in a 17-inning game versus the Port City Roosters (Seattle Mariners). Canale's record setting night also featured the game wining single as the Mudcats defeated Port City 12-11.
• Baseball America awards the Mudcats the prestigious Bob Freitas Award for outstanding organizational achievement and success at the Double-A level
• July 19, 1997 - Chad Hermansen becomes first Mudcats player to hit for the cycle after going 4-for-6 with three RBI at Birmingham.
• July 21, 1997 - The Mudcats host the Southern League All-Star game featuring the Southern League All-Stars versus the Seattle Mariners at Five County Stadium. Future Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. and fellow Seattle teammates Jay Buhner, Edgar Martinez and Joey Cora all make the trip to Zebulon where the Southern League All-Stars defeated the Mariners 9-3.
• May 26, 1998 - In his third game with the Mudcats, C Jose Reyes knocked in seven runs on the strength of two three-run homers and an RBI ground out in a 16-12 loss to Birmingham.
• Colorado Rockies affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Pittsburgh Pirates following the 1998 season and began a new agreement with the Colorado Rockies.
• A two year renovation of Five County Stadium is completed. The rebuild includes new light towers, renovated seating and a new outfield wall.
• April 27, 1999 - SS Juan Sosa, OF Tarrik Brock and OF John Cotton combine to hit three home runs in the ninth inning on April 27, 1999 versus Orlando. Sosa and Brock hit back-to-back home runs in the top of the ninth inning and Cotton hit a two-run shot two batters later to lift the Mudcats over Orlando, 9-8.
• May 9, 1999 - Ben Petrick becomes second Mudcat to hit for the cycle (vs. Huntsville). Petrick hit a home run in the second, had a go-ahead RBI double in the fourth and broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth with a two-run triple. He later added a single in the eighth to complete the cycle.
• May 29, 2000 - Juan Pierre went 5-for-6 with an RBI in an 8-6 win at Jacksonville on May 29. Pierre hit an RBI single during a four-run second inning and doubled and scored in the fifth.
• August 12, 2000 - 2B Steve Goodell hit a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Mudcats scored the last seven runs of the game to beat Chattanooga, 7-3.
• OF Juan Pierre wins the Southern League Batting Championship after hitting .326/.376/.380 with 143 hits over 107 games. Pierre also scored 63 runs, stole 46 bases and totaled 33 walks against only 26 strikeouts during the 2000 season.
• RHP Shawn Chacon set the Carolina Mudcats franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 172. The 22-year-old Chacon went 10-10 with a 3.18 ERA, four complete games and three shutouts over 27 games and 173.2 innings for the Mudcats in 2000. He also finished the year with 10 home runs allowed, 85 walks, a 1.36 WHIP and nine hit batters.
• August 24-25, 2001 - 1B J.R. Phillips hit four home runs in two games between August 24 and August 25. Phillips knocked in six runs as the Mudcats dropped a pair of games to Tennessee.
• June 26, 2001 - 3B Ryan Owens slugged a pair of three-run homers for a career-high six RBI as the Mudcats defeated Orlando, 11-5.
• June 10, 2002 - OF Rene Reyes hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with three RBI and three runs scored. Reyes drilled a two-run shot in the second inning, tripled in the fourth, singled in the seventh and lined an RBI double in the eighth on June 10, 2002 in Greenville.
• July 14, 2002 - OF Matt Holliday went 3-for-3 with a homer and six RBI in the Mudcats' 18-5, six-inning triumph over Birmingham in a contest that was cut short due to wet grounds on July 14.
• July 21, 2002 - OF Matt Holliday went 4-for-4 with five runs scored to help the Mudcats defeat the Tennessee Smokies, 12-3, on July 21.
• July 28, 2002 - The Mudcats committed seven errors, threw five wild pitches, allowed 16 runs and RHP Ricky Cercy broke a 26-year-old Southern League record with four hit batters in an inning during a 16-4 loss to Greenville on July 28. With the temperatures reaching the 100-degree mark and the humidity extremely high as well, Cercy ran into problems in the seventh inning. He committed an error, allowing the first batter of the inning to reach and hit the second batter. After the third hitter of the inning reached on an error and the fourth hit a sacrifice fly, Cercy plunked three consecutive batters. The four hit batters in one inning broke a Southern League record that was established in 1976. For the game, Cercy did not surrender a hit, allowed seven unearned runs, two walks while striking out two, throwing three wild pitches and hitting four batters in just two innings of work.
Mudcats win Southern League Championship.
• Manager Tracy Woodson leads the Mudcats to an 80-58 record and to the club's second Southern League Championship in team history. The Mudcats first defeated Tennessee 3-1 in the Eastern Division playoffs before eventually defeating Huntsville three games to two in the Southern League Championship series.
• Florida Marlins affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Colorado Rockies following the 2002 season and began a new agreement with the Florida Marlins.
• March 29, 2003 - The Florida Marlins defeat the Mudcats 4-3 in a MLB exhibition game at Five County Stadium.
• April 3, 2003 - 3B Miguel Cabrera goes 1-for-4 with a grand slam in his Mudcats' debut on April 3 in 2003. The future Triple Crown Award Winner went on to hit .365 over 69 games for the Mudcats in 2003.
• April 9 , 2003 - LHP Ryan Snare, LHP Steve Kent and RHP Ryan Baker combined to throw the second no-hitter in club history as the Mudcats defeated Mobile, 1-0, in the second game of a doubleheader on April 9. Snare allowed three walks and struck out six over the first five innings. Kent recorded a line out, a fly out and fanned a batter in the sixth to pick up the win and Baker earned his second save of the season with a perfect seventh, striking out one.
• May 3, 2003 - LHP Dontrelle Willis makes his final start with the Mudcats in Jacksonville (8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 HR, 3 BB, 4 SO). Willis went 4-0 with a 1.49 ERA in his last six Southern League starts before being promoted to the Florida Marlins.
• OF Chris Aguila wins the Southern League Batting Championship after hitting .320/.384/.499 with 108 hits over 93 games. Aguila also scored 58 runs and totaled 21 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs and 55 RBI in 2003.
• INF/OF Billy Hall finishes the season with a Southern League leading 45 stolen bases. Hall was also caught just four times.
• April 14, 2004 - RHP Trevor Hutchinson (6.0 IP) and RHP Kevin Cave (1.0 IP) combined to throw the third no-hitter in Carolina franchise history as the Mudcats defeated Huntsville, 5-0, in a doubleheader on April 14.
• July 29 , 2005 - RHP Nic Ungs pitches the first and only complete game, nine-inning no-hitter in Mudcats' history on July 29, 2005 at West Tenn. Ungs struck out seven, walked five and induced 13 groundball outs (including two double plays) in the historic performance.
• Eight different Mudcats were promoted directly to the major leagues including Jeremy Hermida, Chris Resop, Scott Olsen, Logan Kensing, Yorman Bazardo, Robert Andino, Jason Vargas and Josh Johnson. Chad Bentz also earned a call-up after making a short stop in Triple-A before the Marlins recalled him early in the season.
• RHP Anibal Sanchez goes 3-6 with a 3.15 ERA, two complete games, one shutout and 92 strikeouts over 15 starts and 85.2 innings for the Mudcats before earning a promotion to the Florida Marlins and making his MLB debut on June 25, 2006 in New York against the Yankees. Sanchez went on to go 10-3 with a 2.83 ERA and 72 strikeouts over 18 games (17 starts) and 114.1 innings with the Marlins. Sanchez also threw a 103-pitch no-hitter to lead the Florida Marlins by the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dolphin Stadium on September 6, 2006. After completing the no-no, Sanchez became the first rookie to throw a no-hitter since St. Louis' Bud Smith achieved the feat in 2001. Sanchez struck out six and walked four.
• OF Dante Brinkley hits first inning leadoff home runs on April 28 in Tennessee (off Paul Schappert), May 15, 2007 vs. Huntsville (off Steve Hammond) and June 9, 2007 vs. Tennessee (off Mark Holliman).
• OF Jai Miller hits three home runs in a game first started on July 24, 2007, but later finished on July 25, 2007 after the game was originally suspended due to rain. Miller hit one home run on July 24 and two on July 25.
• Manager Matt Raleigh leads the 2008 Mudcats to an 80-60 record and to the Southern League second half (42-28) Northern Division title. The Mudcats went on to sweep the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in the North Division Playoffs, before falling three games to two to Mississippi in the Southern League Championship series.
• OF John Raynor hits first inning leadoff home runs on June 6 vs. Chattanooga (off BJ LaMura), July 7, 2008 vs. Tennessee (off Donnie Veal) and July 9, 2008 at Birmingham (off Justin Cassel).
• July 1, 2008 - 3B Lee Mitchell becomes second Mudcats player (Ben Petrick, 1999) to hit into a triple play. (1st inning: L. Mitchell pops into a triple play, I. De Jesus to S. Justis, C. Coghlan out at 2nd, G. Sanchez out at 1st.)
• August 1, 2008 - OF Grant Psomas, C Brad Davis and SS Chris DeLaCruz hit back-to-back-to-back (two-out) home runs in the fourth innings off P Esmailin Caridad in Tennessee.
• August 19, 2008 - SS Manuel Mayora and 1B Alberto Concepcion team on third triple in franchise history. (6-3, 4th inning: J. Schafer singles to pitcher. J. Guzman singles through the hole at shortstop, J. Schafer to 2nd. G. Creek lines into a triple play, M. Mayorson to A. Concepcion to M. Mayorson, J. Schafer out at 2nd, J. Guzman out at 1st.)
• OF John Raynor finishes the 2008 season with a Southern League leading 47 stolen bases.
• 1B Gaby Sanchez named Southern League MVP after hitting a Southern League high 42 doubles and batting .314/.404/.513 with 150 hits, 17 home runs, 92 RBI, 69 walks and 70 runs in 133 games.
• Cincinnati Reds affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Florida Marlins following the 2008 season and began a new agreement with the Cincinnati Reds.
• April 3, 2009 - The Mudcats host the Future Stars vs. Cincinnati Reds exhibition game at Five County Stadium, the Future Stars defeated the Reds 12-4.
• INF/OF Sean Henry hits first inning leadoff home runs on June 4 vs. Tennessee (off Casey Lambert), June 11, vs. West Tenn (off Steve Bray), June 23 vs. Jacksonville (off Willie Glenn) and June 24 vs. Jacksonville (off Graham Taylor).
• July 31, 2009 - 1B Justin Tordi, C Chris Denove and 3B Juan Francisco turn fourth triple play in franchise history. 3-2-5, 3rd inning: 1st/3rd, no outs: Chopper to 1B Justin Tordi, tapped bag for first out, threw home on Gaby Martinez trying to score, tag applied by C Chris Denove for 2nd out; Lucas May rounded 2nd base, running halfway toward third as out at plate was made, and ran toward third; Denove threw to 3B Juan Francisco to triple up Lookouts
• June 20, 2009 - INF Eric Eymann hits into third triple in franchise history, 5-4-3: Todd Frazier at 2B, Zack Cozart at 1B: One-hopper to third base bag, stopped by Jonathan Mota, throw to 2B Tony Thomas, relay to 1B Doug Deeds.
• LHP Travis Wood named Southern League Most Outstanding Pitcher after finishing the season as the league leader in earned run average (1.21), WHIP (0.97), average against (.189), highest SO/9ip ratio (7.79) and fewest baserunners/9ip ratio (9.08).
• OF Dave Sappelt named Southern League MVP after batting a league best .361 with 119 hits, nine home runs and 62 RBI in just 89 games. Sappelt also finished his MVP season with a .416 OBP, .548 SLG and .964 OPS.
• August 29, 2011 - Neftali Soto hits 30th home run of the season, setting the Mudcats' franchise record for home runs in a single year (vs. Montgomery, off Sergio Espinosa). Soto finished the season tied with Mobile Paul Goldschmidt for the Southern League lead in home runs.
• The Mudcats franchise changes classifications from Double-A to Class-A Advanced and shifts from the Southern League to the Carolina League.
• Owner Steve Bryant ensures the long-term sustainability of the Mudcats by shifting the club from the Double-A Southern League to the Class-A Advanced Carolina League in 2012. In order to make the transition possible, Bryant sold his Double-A franchise to an investment group in Pensacola, Florida, then purchased the Carolina League's Kinston Indians and moved the Kinston franchise to Zebulon where they would become the Mudcats of today. The Double-A version of the Mudcats then became the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.
• Cleveland Indians affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Cincinnati Reds following the 2011 season and began a new agreement with the Cleveland Indians.
• April 3, 2012 - The Cleveland Indians defeat the Mudcats 13-0 in a MLB exhibition game in front of 7,412 fans at Five County Stadium.
• April 6, 2012 - The Mudcats score 11 runs on 14 hits while defeating the Winston-Salem Dash 11-2 in the first game in the Mudcats' Carolina League era game.
• August 25, 2012 - UTL Justin Toole plays all nine positions in a 4-2 victory versus the Salem Red Sox at Five County Stadium. Toole started in right field before playing in a different position each inning in a special "Toole Time" promotion. Toole finished the game by catching (first time in his career) the eighth and pitching the ninth. He gave up a pair of solo homers in the ninth, but then struck out the final two batters to complete the 4-2 win.
• July 15, 2013 - OF Bryson Myles goes 2-for-4 at Frederick on July 15, 2013 in the first game of his franchise record 23-game hitting streak (July 15 - August 11, 2013). Myles hit .413/.457/.587 and went 38-for-92 with 13 runs, six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 21 RBI.
• RHP Cody Anderson named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year after finishing the season as the league leader in earned run average (2.34) over 23 games, 123.1 innings pitched. Anderson also finished the season going 9-4 with 112 strikeouts, 31 walks and a .236 average against.
• LHP Ryan Merritt leads the Carolina League in wins (13) and innings pitched (160.1). Merritt also finished the season ranked third in earned run average (2.58).
• Atlanta Braves affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Cleveland Indians following the 2014 season and began a new agreement with the Atlanta Braves.
• May 12, 2015 - The team is involved in an overnight bus accident while traveling between Salem, VA and Myrtle Beach, SC. Several Mudcats players were placed on the disabled list and missed significant time due to the accident. The ensuing series in Myrtle Beach was postponed and the club did not return to action until May 15, 2005. After resuming the season, the team went on to lose 12 straight games (matching a franchise record). The Mudcats had won nine straight games before the accident.
• The 2016 Mudcats finished the season at 52-87, matching the club record for fewest wins in franchise history. The 1992 Mudcats finished 52-92 and with a .361 winning percentage, while the 2016 squad finished a winning percentage of .374.
• Milwaukee Brewers affiliation begins: The Mudcats concluded their player development agreement with the Atlanta Braves following the 2016 season and began a new agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers.
• April 21, 2017 - INF Jake Gatewood goes 3-for-4 vs. Buies Creek in the first game of his franchise record tying 23-game hitting streak (April 21 - May 14, 2017). Gatewood hit .372/.443/.628 (32-for-86) with 18 runs, 10 doubles, four home runs, 14 RBIs, 11 walks and a 1.071 OPS during the streak.
• May 3, 2017 - 3B Lucas Erceg successfully executed the hidden-ball trick on May 3, 2017 at Five County Stadium against the Buies Creek Astros and outfielder Kyle Tucker. Tucker, and trailing runner Dexture McCall, had just stolen third and second base respectively when Erceg attempted the play. Erceg applied his tag (on a throw from catcher Mitch Ghelfi) and then bluffed his throw back to pitcher Wuilder Rodriguez before then waiting patiently for Tucker to leave third base. It took approximately :35 seconds for Tucker to step into his lead at third before Erceg applied the tag. Umpires Austin Jones and Ryan Wilhelms (plate) consulted after Erceg applied the tag and eventually decided that Tucker was out. Buies Creek Manager Omar Lopez was ejected after arguing the result of the decision. The out was the second of the seventh inning, in a game the Mudcats eventually won 3-0 (they led 2-0 before the play). The play was featured on MLB Network, SportsCenter, Around the Horn, Highly Questionable and several other outlets.
• June 20, 2017 - INF Jake Gatewood won the 2017 Carolina League All-Star Classic Home Run Derby on June 20, 2017 at Haley Toyota Field in Salem, Va. Gatewood homered 13 times in both the first and second rounds before winning the All-Star Game Home Run Derby with a final round total of 15 home runs.
• August 9, 2017 - OF Monte Harrison, C Cooper Hummel and SS Luis Aviles combine to turn 9-2-6-2 triple play in the sixth inning of game one of a doubleheader vs. Lynchburg on August 9. Situation: runners at second/third, no outs: Fly ball to right caught by Monte Harrison. Ensuing throw home froze both runners before catcher Cooper Hummel, Luis Aviles and Hummel caught both runners in rundowns between second and third and third and home.
• September 2, 2017 - RHP Nate Griep became the Mudcats' all-time saves leader after closing out his 29th save of the season on September 2, 2017 vs. Myrtle Beach. Griep also earned a save in his final appearance of the season and finished the year with a franchise record 30 saves (34 SVO).
• October 3, 2017 - The Milwaukee Brewers finalize the full ownership purchase of the Carolina Mudcats from Steve Bryant.
• The 2018 season was the first for the Mudcats under the new ownership of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers formally finalized the, 100% stake, full ownership purchase of the Mudcats from previous owner Steve Bryant on 10/3/17. Bryant's ownership legacy began in 1988 when he purchased both the Southern League's Columbus Astros in Columbus, Ga. and the Carolina League's Greensboro Hornets in Greensboro, N.C. The Astros were later renamed through a fan based name the team contest in 1989 and then moved to North Carolina before the 1991 season where they would become the Carolina Mudcats of today.
• April 2018 - OF Ryan Aguilar and INF/OF Weston Wilson earned back-to-back Player of the Week award honors for the weeks ending on April 22 and April 29 respectively. Aguilar was the first Mudcats player to earn the weekly honor and did so after leading the league in average, on-base and OPS during the week ending on April 22. Aguilar went 8-for-15 with a double, a triple, four RBI and five walks while hitting .533/.667/.733 and totaling a 1.400 OPS over five games during his award winning week of play. Wilson was then named Player of the Week for the week ending on April 29 after hitting .412/.500/1.059 with a triple, three home runs, four RBI and a league best 1.559 OPS from April 23 through April 29.
• LHP Cam Roegner opened the year at 2-0 with a 0.83 ERA over 21.2 innings pitched and over his first four starts. He carried those numbers into May, and at one point led all of Minor League Baseball in earned run average at 0.76 from May 22 to May 23 and 0.68 from May 25 through May 29. His run to the top of the ERA leaderboard among all full-season league pitchers was aided by a 31.1 consecutive scoreless innings streak from May 2 through May 30. Roegner also led the Carolina League in earned run average during the periods of May 11 through June 4, June 10 - June 23, July 8 - July 9, and July 26 - August 31. Roegner was later recognized as a mid-season All-Star for the first time in his career after putting together a first half run that included him ranked first in the Carolina League in earned run average throughout most of the first half. He later made a spot start with Triple-A Colorado Springs on 7/15. He was then promoted officially to Double-A Biloxi on 7/31 and appeared in five games with the Shuckers before finishing the season in Triple-A on 9/3.
• May 13, 2018 - LHP Cam Roegner was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending on May 12, 2018. Roegner earned Pitcher of the Week honors for the week ending on May 13 after pitching through two straight scoreless outings. In all, Roegner pitched through 13.2 scoreless innings over two starts between May 7 and May 13. He was also 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and totaled seven strikeouts, three walks, four hits and a 0.51 WHIP over his two starts between May 7 and May 13.
• May 25, 2018 - INF Keston Hiura's walk-off home run on Friday, May 25 to defeat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans was the first walk-off home run hit by a Mudcats player since July 18, 2013 when Bryson Myles delivered a game-winning blast to beat the Winston-Salem Dash in the 14th inning at Five County Stadium.
• May 31, 2018 - INF Keston Hiura went 5-for-5 with two home runs, INF Dallas Carroll and OF/INF Ryan Aguilar both hit home runs, INF/OF Weston Wilson totaled 3 RBI, starter RHP Marcos Diplan and relievers RHP Chase Williams, RHP Phil Bickford and RHP Luke Barker combined on a 19 strikeout in a 9-0 four hit shutout versus the Lynchburg Hillcats at City Stadium on May 31.
• June 5, 2018 - INF Keston Hiura finished the month of May batting .377/.437/.664 with a 1.101 OPS over 29 games played and was named the Carolina League's Player of the Month for May on June 5, 2018. Hiura was additionally named the Milwaukee Brewers MiLB player of the month for May earlier that same month. Hiura finished May leading the Carolina League in OPS (1.101), runs (29), hits (tied, 46), extra-base hits (21) and doubles (13). Hiura bid farewell to the Carolina League by going 5-for-5 with two home runs, three runs and two RBI on May 31 in Lynchburg. He set career highs for hits and home runs in a game in what ended up being his last game with the Mudcats as Milwaukee promoted him to Double-A the following morning. Hiura left the Carolina League ranked 2nd in batting (.320), 1st, 2nd in hits (66), 1st in doubles (16), 1st in extra-base hits (26), tied for 1st in slugging (.529), tied for 2nd in runs (38) and 1st in total bases (109).
• June 11, 2018 - The Mudcats placed four players on the 2018 Carolina League Southern Division All-Star team, including LHP Cam Roegner, RHP Marcos Diplan, INF Tucker Neuhaus and C Max McDowell. Both INF Keston Hiura and RHP Trey Supak were also named to the Carolina League Southern Division All-Star team, but were unable to participate due to promotions to Double-A Biloxi weeks before the All-Star event.
• June 19, 2018 - Winston-Salem's Joel Booker hit a leadoff home run in the last of the first and drove in four runs overall while leading the Southern Division All-Stars to a 7-6 victory versus the Northern Division All-Stars in the 2018 Carolina League All-Star Classic presented by US Foods on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Five County Stadium. The All-Star game was played in front of a crowd of 3,268 at Five County Stadium in Zebulon and was preceded by a pre-game, on-field event featuring the Miracle League of the Triangle. The All-Star even was the third held at Five County Stadium in team history.
• July 2, 2018 - RHP Victor Diaz was named the Carolina League's Pitcher of the Week for the week ending on July 1, 2018. Diaz made just one start during his award winning week, but that one start ended up being his best of the season as he pitched to a season high 83 game score while working through 7.0 scoreless innings against the Salem Red Sox on June 29. Diaz did not earn a decision that day, but finished his phenomenal start with seven strikeouts, one walk and two hits allowed over his seven scoreless frames.
• August 6, 2018 - INF/OF Weston Wilson finished the month of July batting .436/.481/.681 with a 1.162 OPS over 27 games played and was named the Carolina League's Player of the Month for July on August 6, 2018. Wilson was additionally named the Milwaukee Brewers MiLB player of the month for July on August 2, 2018. He finished July tied for first in the Carolina League in OPS (1.162), 1st in average (.436), 1st in OBP (.481), 2nd in SLG (.681), 2nd in runs (26), 1st in hits (41), tied for 4th in extra-base hits (12), 2nd in total bases (64), tied for 3rd in home runs (5) and tied for 4th in RBI (23). Wilson also finished July as the overall MiLB (full-season teams) leader in average (.436) and tied for 4th in OPS (1.162).
• August 10, 2018 - The Mudcats offense hit into a franchise record six (6) double plays on 8/10/18 in Salem... INF Dallas Carroll: 5-4-3; INF Devin Hairston \[3\]: 6-4-3, 5-4-3, 5-4-3; INF Trever Morrison: 3u-3-6; OF Rob Henry 6-4-3.
• OF/C Cooper Hummel finished the 2018 season as the Carolina League's leader in on-base percentage (.397); becoming the first Mudcat to lead the Carolina League in on-base since Carolina transitioned to the Carolina League in 2012. Hummel also closed out the season reaching base safely in 28 consecutive games (.504 OBP during the streak) and finished the second half with a league leading .446 OBP. Overall, Hummel finished the year batting .260/.397/.410 while finishing the 2018 season ranked 1st in OBP (.397), 6th in OPS (.807) and tied for 4th in base on balls (63). He additionally finished 3rd in the Carolina League in wRC+ (136), tied for 3rd in wOBA (.382), 4th in wRAA (17.1), tied for 9th in wRC (64) and 1st in BB% (15.6%) among qualified players according to fangraphs.com. Hummel finished the season playing in 55 consecutive games and slashed .309/.463/.497 with a Carolina League best .960 OPS and a league high 21 doubles from July 5 through the end of the season (54 H, 32 R, 21 2B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 44 BB, 50 SO).
• Carolina batters combined to total a Carolina League and franchise record 1,311 strikeouts during the 2018 season; breaking the previous Carolina League and franchise record of 1,245 SO set during the 2017 season. Carolina's 1,311 total strikeouts in 2018 were the 7th most in MiLB.
• September 13, 2018 - RHP Luke Barker went 6-4 and pitched to a 2.21 ERA while leading the Carolina League with 20 saves and 38 games finished. He also totaled 63 strikeouts against 16 walks over 61.0 innings and held opponents to a .213 average in 46 appearances (second most in the league). The 26-year-old additionally led qualified Carolina League relievers in fewest baserunners/9 IP ratio (9.30), while also finishing third among relievers in lowest batting average against (.213), fifth in highest strikeouts/9 IP ratio (9.30) and fifth in lowest BB-IBB/9 IP ratio (2.36).
• The Mudcats introduced two new team identities before the 2019 season. The two new alternate identities introduced by the club for 2019 included the "Micro Brews" which paid homage to the Milwaukee Brewers and local craft breweries and "Pescados de Carolina" which was part of MiLB's “Copa de la Diversión” initiative celebrating Hispanic heritage and culture. Carolina went 3-4 as the Micro Brews in 2019 and 6-1 as Pescados de Carolina
• June 11, 2019 - The Mudcats placed seven players to the Carolina League's Southern Division mid-season All-Star team with C Mario Feliciano, C Payton Henry, RHP Dylan File, RHP Noah Zavolas, RHP Rodrigo Benoit, RHP Matt Hardy and OF Joantgel Segovia all receiving nominations. Segovia and File, however, were not able to participate due to promotions to Double-A Biloxi before the All-Star break.
• June 15, 2019 - Manager Joe Ayrault became the winningest manager in Carolina Mudcats team history after collecting his 177th victory as skipper in Carolina on 6/15/19 vs. Winston-Salem. The 2019 season was Ayrault's third as Manager of the Mudcats and his eighth season overall as Manager of Milwaukee's High-A affiliate.
• July 15, 2019 - The Mudcats were no-hit by Jonathan Bowlan of the Wilmington Blue Rocks on 7/15 in Wilmington; marking the fourth time in franchise history that Carolina was held without a hit in a game.
• August 22, 2019 - Catcher Mario Feliciano was named the 2019 Carolina League Most Valuable Player on 8/22 (was later promoted to Double-A Biloxi on 8/25). Feliciano was the first Mudcats player to win the MVP award since the Mudcats joined the Carolina League for the 2012 season. Feliciano was, however, the fifth player overall in team history to be named league MVP as Mark Johnson (1994), Jason Kendall (1995), Gaby Sanchez (2008) and Dave Sappelt (2010) were all named Southern League MVP during Carolina’s Double-A and Southern League era (1991-2011). Feliciano also earned post-season All-Star honors at catcher. Feliciano finished the 2019 season ranked first in the league in home runs (19), second in RBI (81), first in slugging (.477), third in OPS (.801), 10th in batting average (.273), eighth in hits (120), second in XBH (48), second in total bases (210), tied for sixth in runs (62), tied for second in 2-out RBI (32), fifth in wRC (69) and first in ISO (.205).
• August 22, 2019 - Starter Noah Zavolas was named the 2019 Carolina League Pitcher of the Year on 8/22. Zavolas is the second Mudcats pitcher in team history to earn the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Year award, joining Cody Anderson who won the same award following the 2013 season. Former Mudcats pitcher Travis Wood was additionally named the Southern League’s Most Outstanding Pitcher during his 2009 season with Carolina. Zavolas also earned post-season All-Star honors at starting pitcher. Zavolas finished the season second in the Carolina League in ERA (2.98), fourth in innings pitched (133.0) and second in WHIP (1.14), first in BB/9 (1.56) and first in K/BB (4.43).
• Carolina batters combined to total both a Carolina League and franchise record 1,412 strikeouts during the 2019 season; marking the third straight season that the Carolina offense set a Carolina League and franchise record for strikeouts in a season. The 2018 Carolina offense totaled a then-record breaking 1,311 strikeouts last year, while the 2017 team totaled a then-record 1,245 strikeouts two season ago.
• The Carolina offense combined to total a Carolina League high and franchise record 107 hit-by-pitches during the 2019 season. The previous team record was 73 HBP set in both the 2010 and 2013 seasons. Carolina was additionally third overall in MiLB in most hit-by-pitches in 2019. Payton Henry totaled a Mudcats franchise record 22 hit-by-pitches during the 2019 season. Henry also tied the all-time team record for double plays hit into after grounding into 18 double plays through the 2019 season.
• No season due to COVID-19 pandemic.
• The Mudcats transitioned to the Single-A level and Single-A East league for the 2021 season.
• The Mudcats allowed a MiLB high, and franchise record, 299 stolen bases in 2021. Carolina's stolen bases allowed were the most by a MiLB team in a single season since at least the 2005 season. Additionally, Carolina was one of only 10 MiLB teams to allow 200 or more steals in a single season since 2005. The Mudcats caught just 14.8% of base stealers in 2021.
• The Mudcats totaled a franchise record 10 grand slams in 2021, shattering the previous record of four set originally in 1993 and matched in 2000, 2002, 2005, 2014 and 2017... Felix Valerio's grand slam in game two of a doubleheader on July 23, 2021 was Carolina's fifth of the season and broke previous franchise record... Darrien Miller, Andre Nnebe, Joe Gray Jr. and Ashton McGee each hit two grand slams in 2021.
• The Carolina offense led all Single-A East teams in OBP (.376), runs (770), RBI (675) and walks (642). The Mudcats also finished the season second in the league in OPS (.798), second in average (.264), second in slugging (.422), third in hits (1048), second in doubles (219), fourth in triples (33), second in home runs (114) and fourth in stolen bases (186). *franchise records
• The Carolina offense set franchise records in on-base percentage (.376), slugging (.422), OPS (770), most runs scored (770), most RBI (675) and most walks (642)... The Carolina pitching staff set franchise records in highest team ERA (5.21), most wild pitches (123) and most strikeouts (1165). They also tied a franchise record for most hit batters (102).
• The Carolina offense led Minor League Baseball in walks, while also setting a franchise record, with 642 walks over the course of the 2021 season. The previous single season record for walks was 573 and was set in 2008. Carolina also matched its club record of 15 walks in a single game twice (8/21 vs. AUG and 7/3 at FAY).
• May 15, 2021 - Michele Vassalotti set a Mudcats single-game franchise record with five hit-by-pitches in a 4-2 loss at Down East on May 15, 2021. The previous Carolina record was 4 HBP and was set by Dallas Buck on May 18, 2011 at Mobile... That same game saw the Mudcats set a franchise record with 7 HBP after relievers Joey Matulovich and Brandon Knarr also hit batters with pitches. The previous record was 6 HBP which was set on May 12, 2017 at Winston-Salem.
• May 25, 2021 - The Mudcats set a franchise record for runs scored in a game after defeating the Kannapolis Cannon Ballers 23-7 on May 25, 2021 at Five County Stadium. Carolina’s 23 runs broke the previous record of 21 runs in a game set on August 31, 2008 vs. Tennessee.
• May 25 / August 11, 2021 - Gabe Holt (2-for-4, 5 R, 2 2B, 3 BB) matched a Carolina franchise record for runs in a game after scoring five times on 5/25 vs. Kannapolis. Felix Valerio also scored five times on 8/11 at Down East (3-for-4, 5 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB). Holt and Valerio joined Matt Holliday (7/21/02), Billy Hall (5/12/04), Cameron Maybin (8/31/08) and Jeremy Lucas (7/19/14) for most runs in a game in team history.
• May 31, 2021 - Joe Gray Jr. was named the Single-A East Player of the Week for the second consecutive time after earning the award for the weeks ending on June 6 and May 30. Gray went 8-for-19 and hit .421/.455/1.211 with a 1.665 OPS (5 R, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) during the last week of games. Gray also went 10-for-23 and hit .435/.519/.957 with a 1.475 OPS, 10 runs, three doubles, three home runs, 17 RBI, four walks and two stolen bases over six games from May 24 through May 30.
• June 10, 2021 - Joe Gray Jr. hit safely in a 2021 team best 17 consecutive games from May 21 through June 10. Gray went 27-for-66 and hit .409/.500/1.000 with a 1.500 OPS during the streak. He also totaled eight home runs, five doubles, five triples, 29 RBI and 18 runs during two week plus long hit streak.
• July 3, 2021 - Carolina scored 10 runs on just five hits in the seventh inning of a 16-4, July 3, 2021 victory in Fayetteville. Before that 10-run seventh, the Mudcats had last scored 10 runs in a single inning on June 17, 2012 when they rallied for 10 runs and 10 hits in the eighth inning of a 14-8 victory over the Red Sox in Salem.
• July 10, 2021 - Carolina’s game two victory in doubleheader on July 10 was both the series clincher versus Lynchburg and Manager Joe Ayrault’s 800th career victory. Ayrault, in his fifth season as Manager of the Mudcats, is Carolina's all-time winningest manager and the all-time leader in most games managed. The 2021 season was Ayrault’s 12th as a manager in Milwaukee's system and 15th year overall as a skipper in MiLB.
• July 14, 2021 - Ashton McGee set a new franchise record for RBI in a game after going 4-for-5 with three runs, a two-run triple, a three-run home run and a grand slam all while totaling 9 RBI on July 14, 2021 in Kannapolis. McGee broke the previous franchise record of 7 RBI in a game set by Jose Reyes on May 26, 1998 and Jai Miller on July 24, 2007.
• July 18, 2021 - Ernesto Martinez became the fifth Mudcats player in franchise history to hit for the cycle after accomplishing the feat on July 18, 2021 in Kannapolis. Martinez doubled and scored a run in the second, tripled and scored a run in the fourth, singled in the sixth and hit a two-run home run in the ninth while hitting for the cycle ( 4-for-5, 3 R, 2 RBI). The cycle was Carolina’s first since 2014 when Jerrud Sabourin hit for the cycle on July 19, 2014 versus Myrtle Beach.
• August 8, 2021 - Felix Valerio matched a franchise record for doubles in a game with four while going 4-for-6 with two runs on August 8, 2021 vs. Kannapolis at Five County Stadium. Valerio's four doubles matched a franchise record originally set by Mike Brown on April 16, 1994. Brown went 5-for-5 that day with four doubles and a triple and also owns the club record with five extra-base hits in a single game.
• August 9, 2021 - Joey Wiemer walked off his time in Zebulon by earning the Single-A Player of the Week Award during his final week of games with the • Mudcats before being promoted to High-A Wisconsin. Wiemer earned the weekly honor for the week ending on August 8 after leading Single-A East players in average (.583), on-base (.630), slugging (1.280), OPS (1.838), hits (14), home runs (4) and RBI (12) during the week of games from 8/2-8/8. His league leading four home runs that week included a walk-off home run on 8/5, two homers including a grand slam on 8/6, and another walk-off homer on 8/7.
• August 11, 2021 - Carolina set a franchise record for doubles in a game with 11 on August 11, 2021 at Down East. The previous record was nine, set on May 28, 1993 vs. Knoxville. Gabe Holt, Freddy Zamora (2 2B), Felix Valerio, Ashton McGee, Wes Clarke (2 2B), Micah Bello, Alex Hall and Noah Campbell each had doubles in the game.
• August 30, 2021 - James Meeker became the second Mudcats pitcher in franchise history to record four strikeouts in a single inning after punching out four in the ninth on August 30, 2021 against the Fredericksburg Nationals. One of his strikeout victims reached on a passed ball in the ninth, allowing Meeker the opportunity to reach four strikeouts in a single inning. Before Meeker, pitcher Curtis Shaw was the last Mudcat to record four strikeouts in a single inning as he accomplished the rare feat on August 27, 1997 vs. Knoxville.
• September 1, 2021 - Darrien Miller matched a franchise record for home runs in a game after hitting three big flies (three-run, grand slam, solo) on September 1, 2021 vs. Delmarva. Miller hit a game-tying three-run home run in the fourth, a go-ahead grand slam in the sixth and a solo blast in the eighth while leading the Mudcats to a 10-8 victory.
• September 4, 2021 - Carolina allowed a single-game franchise record 21 runs in a 21-3 loss to Delmarva on September 4, 2021 at Five County Stadium.
September 7, 2021 – The Mudcats allowed a franchise record 23 hits in a 17-5 home loss to Down East on September 7, 2021. The previous club record of hits allowed in a single game was 22 and was originally set in 1997 (matched in 1998 and 2018).
• September 19, 2021 - Noah Campbell played all nine positions and earned the save as the Mudcats defeated the Fayetteville Woodpeckers 5-2 in the final game of the 2021 season on 9/19 at SEGRA Stadium. Carolina's super utility man started the game at catcher in the first inning before moving to first base in the second. He then went to second in the third inning, third in the fourth, shortstop in the fifth, left field in the sixth, center in the seventh and right field in the eighth. Campbell then pitched the ninth where he would earn the save after retiring three straight batters. Campbell also went 0-for-4 with a walk in the game.