Carolina Preview 2016: By the Numbers

Go inside the stats with feats, records, oddities and memories

The 2015 World Series MVP and a long-awaited Mills Cup are part of the recent history of the Carolina League. (MiLB.com)

By Daren Smith / MiLB.com | April 7, 2016 10:30 AM

Opening Day is near, and to get you ready for another season in the Minors, we've crunched the numbers and dug up some interesting stats, notes and historical tidbits about the Carolina League. Go back in time before you head out to a Carolina League ballpark this summer for more memories:

0: Number of batted balls that left the infield during James Dykstra's no-hitter for the Winston-Salem Dash on April 15, 2015.

0: Hits allowed by Jake Dahlstrand and Joe Gunkel in the Salem Red Sox's season-opening 2-0 win at Carolina on April 9, 2015.

0: Hits allowed by Mikey O'Brien on Aug. 20, 2015 during the Frederick Keys' first no-hitter since 2010.

0: Hits recorded by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans during a five-run seventh inning in an 11-1 win at Potomac on May 30, 2015.

0: Hits allowed by Lynchburg Hillcats pitching coach Rigo Beltran for the Arkansas Travelers on April 10, 1994.

.400: Career batting average against Hall of Famer Randy Johnson by Potomac Nationals hitting coach Luis Ordaz.

.500: Career batting average against Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez by Wilmington Blue Rocks hitting coach Abraham Nunez.

.557: Winning percentage by Philadelphia Phillies skipper Pete Mackanin in 1993, his lone season as Frederick Keys manager. It's still the highest in team history.

.662: Winning percentage by the Winston-Salem Dash in the second half of the 2015 season.

1: Game-winning RBIs in the 1990 World Series by new Salem Red Sox manager Joe Oliver.

2.87: Carolina League-leading ERA recorded by 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta for the Frederick Keys in 2008.

3: Triple plays recorded by the Wilmington Blue Rocks during the 2015 season.

3: Pinch-hits recorded by Carolina Mudcats hitting coach Carlos Mendez in 2003, his lone season in the Major Leagues.

4: Strikeouts recorded in the sixth inning of his Carolina League debut by top Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito on May 20, 2015.

4: Errors committed by Potomac pitcher Phillips Valdez on June 4, 2015 in a 13-1 loss to Salem.

4: Major League complete games recorded by Winston-Salem Dash pitching coach Jose Bautista.

5: Hits and RBIs for Potomac's Wilmer Difo on April 18, 2015.

5: Players selected before Frederick Keys hitting coach Erik Pappas in the 1984 First-Year Player Draft.

6: Strikeouts recorded by Salem Red Sox pitching coach Paul Abbott in his only Major League complete game on May 28, 2001.

7: Former Carolina Mudcats who were named 2015 Major League All-Stars.

9: Years between Carolina League batting champions (Chesny Young, 2015; Carl Loadenthal, 2006) for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

10: Offensive categories (batting, runs, hits, homers, triples, doubles, total bases, RBIs, slugging and on-base percentage) in which the Lynchburg Hillcats led the Carolina League in 2015.

15: Years between Mills Cup championships for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, who won the championship in 2015.

17: Players drafted before new Wilmington Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk in the 1972 First-Year Player Draft.

25: Consecutive wins recorded from 1991-92 by Frederick Keys pitching coach Kennie Steenstra, who still holds the Wichita State record.

28: Consecutive scoreless innings pitched by Lynchburg Hillcats relievers in August 2015.

51: Extra-base hits for Nellie Rodriguez of the Lynchburg Hillcats en route to earning 2015 Carolina League MVP honors.

53: RBIs for 2015 World Series MVP Salvador Perez in 2010, his lone season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

76: Major League games managed by new Winston-Salem Dash skipper Joel Skinner.

110: Number of sellouts by the Winston-Salem Dash since BB&T Ballpark opened in 2010.

174: Major League stolen bases by Myrtle Beach Pelicans hitting coach Mariano Duncan.

1,223: Career wins by new Frederick Keys manager Keith Bodie.

1,257: Career wins by new Carolina Mudcats manager Rocket Wheeler.

1,936: Career wins by Myrtle Beach Pelicans manager Buddy Bailey.

2,788: Size in square feet of "Mudzilla," the 82-foot-wide videoboard at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, N.C.

328,789 -- Fans who attended Frederick Keys games in 2015, the highest attendance at the Class A Advanced level.

Daren Smith is an editor for MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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