Better Know Your Minor League Affiliates: Carolina Mudcats

A double dip today, as we'll also take a look at the AA affiliate of the Reds.  This team was loaded last year, but it looks like most of those have moved on to Louisville by now.  Take it away, Muddy!

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Carolina Mudcats

City: Zebulon, NC
League Affiliation: Southern League (AA)
2009 Record: 1st half: 37-32 (.536), 2nd half: 28-42 (.400)
Best Hitter Last Year (min 100 AB): Chris Heisey (.347 BA)
Best Pitcher Last Year (min 50 IP): Travis Wood (1.21 ERA)
Most Home Runs Last Year: Juan Francisco (22 HR)
Most Strikeouts Last Year: Travis Wood (103 K)

Projections for 2010 and promotions after the jump.

Stadium:

The Mudcats play at Five County Stadium, which was opened in 1991.  The stadium has a capacity of 6,500, and is located in the suburbs of Raleigh, NC.

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Promotions for the Upcoming Season:

  • Giveaways: 5/8 vs. Chattanooga (fleece blanket), 5/15 vs. Jacksonville (t-shirt), 6/12 vs. Huntsville (mini Muddy bobblehead), 7/31 vs. Jacksonville (Budweiser pint glass),
  • 8/7 vs. Chattanooga: Appearance by THIS GUY.
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Projected Starting Lineup for 2010:

C: Jason Bour/Brandon Yarbrough
1B: Logan Parker
2B: Jake Kahaulelio
SS: Kris Negron
3B: Jose Castro
LF: Sean Henry
CF: Stephen Chapman
RF: Denis Phipps
DH: Carson Kainer

Projected Starting Rotation:

RHP Matt Klinker
RHP Daryl Thompson
LHP Alexander Smit
RHP Jordan Smith
RHP Dallas Buck

Bullpen Pitchers:

RHP Sean Watson (closer)
LHP Phillipe-Alexandre Valiquette
RHP Derrik Lutz
RHP James Avery

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