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Important Dates and Moments

1988
• 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.

1989
• 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.

1990
• 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.

1991
• 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.

1992
• 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.

1993
• 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.

1994
• 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.

1995
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.

1996
• 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

1997
• 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.

1998
• 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.

1999
• 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.

2000
• 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.

2001
• 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.

2002
• 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.

2003
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.

2004
• 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.

2005
• 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.

2006
• 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.

2007
• 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.

2008
• 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.

2009
• 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).

2010
• 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.

2011
• 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.

2012
• 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.

2013
• 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.

2014
• 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).

2015
• 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.

2016
• 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.

2017
• 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.

2018
• 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).