April 17 - Mudcats Game Notes

By Carolina Mudcats | April 17, 2017 5:22 PM ET

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Monday, April 17, 2017 | 7:00 PM 
Game 11, Home Game 5 
at Five County Stadium (6,500)
Overall Record: CAR: 6-4; LYN: 5-6
Streaks: CAR: W1; LYN: W3
Last 10 Games: CAR: 6-4, LYN: 5-5

Home Record: CAR: 2-2; LYN: 2-5
Road Record: CAR: 4-2; LYN:3-1
Division Record: CAR: 0-0; LYN: 1-2

TONIGHT, 7:00 PM: Lynchburg LHP Thomas Pannone (0-0, 0.00) at Carolina RHP Corbin Burnes (0-0, 0.82)
TUE, 4/18, GM:1, 5:00PM: Lynchburg RHP Triston McKenzie (1-1, 2.53) at Carolina LHP Kodi Medeiros (0-2, 3.38)
TUE, 4/18, GM:2, TBD: Lynchburg RHP Brock Hartson (0-0-1, 2.57) at Carolina RHP Eric Hanhold (0-0, 4.50)

RADIO: The Big Dawg 98.5 FM, WDWG-FM 98.5
STREAMING AUDIO: www.carolinamudcats.com, TuneIn Radio

ICYMI: Troy Stokes Jr. hit a game tying home run in the sixth, Jake Gatewood was 3-for-4 with three doubles and three runs, Luis Aviles drove in two runs with two hits and Max McDowell was 1-for-3 with two RBIs as the Mudcats erased a late three run deficit to defeat the Keys 9-3 at Five County Stadium on Easter Sunday in Zebulon.

ABOUT THE LAST ONE: Corey Ray led off yesterday's game with a triple and was 2-for-5 with a run in his season debut. Ray was added to the Mudcats roster before Sunday's game from extended spring… Jake Gatewood matched a career high for doubles in a game with three in yesterday's 9-3 victory against the Keys. He last had three doubles in a game on 6/24/15 while with the Helena Brewers (vs. Missoula)… Troy Stokes Jr. connected on a game tying 2-run home run in the sixth yesterday. The homer was his second of the season and the first for the Mudcats at Five County Stadium in 2017.

STARTING OFF: Carolina's opening night starter Corbin Burnes gets the start tonight in game one of a three game series versus the Lynchburg Hillcats. Burnes is out to a fantastic start this year having worked through 11.0 innings with just one earned run allowed over two outings this season. In his two starts, Burnes is 0-0 with a 0.82 ERA and has walked two while striking out nine. He last started on 4/12 in Wilmington and turned in his second straight quality start. He retired nine straight to start the game, but then allowed a Wilmington run in the fourth on a couple of hits. In all, Burnes pitched through a career high six innings and scattered four hits while allowing just one run.

THE STAFF: Overall the Carolina pitching staff is 2nd in the league in ERA at 2.93 so far this season… Mudcats starters Corbin Burnes, Kodi Medeiros, Cody Ponce, Marcos Diplan, Jordan Yamamoto, Eric Hanhold, Freddy Peralta and Conor Harber have combined to go 3-2 with a 2.17 ERA over the first 10 games of the new season. They have also combined to hold opponents to a .231 average against and have combined to record 43 strikeouts against nine walks over 54.0 innings pitched this season… The Carolina bullpen is currently 3-1 with three saves and a 4.63 ERA (35.0 IP, 17 BB, 43 SO).

WHERE THEY RANK: The Mudcats currently lead the Carolina League in most stolen bases (21) and most double plays turned (15)… Jake Gatewood is currently 6th in the Carolina League in batting average (.361), 3rd in on-base percentage (.477) and tied for 2nd in most walks (8)… Luis Aviles leads the CL in stolen bases (7), 5th in on-base perecentage (.455) and tied for 2nd in the league in walks (8)… Troy Stokes Jr. is currently 4rd in the league in stolen bases (5).

YOUNG SQUAD: At an average age of 22.0 years, the current Mudcats roster is the youngest in the Carolina League (as of 4/16). The Winston-Salem at an average age of 23.3 are the oldest team in the league. The rest of the CL: Buies Creek: 22.3, Wilmington: 22.3, Lynchburg: 22.6, Frederick: 22.7, Myrtle Beach: 22.8, Salem: 22.9, Down East: 23.1 and Potomac: 23.3.

HOME FOR APRIL: The Mudcats continue a 14 game home stand with game one of three versus the Lynchburg Hillcats tonight at Five County Stadium. Carolina is currently 2-2 in their longest home stand of the season. The stretch of 14 straight home games will be played over 16 days as the Mudcats have off days on 4/19 and 4/24 before playing their next road game on 4/28 in Frederick.

PROSPECTS GALORE: The Mudcats currently have 10 players ranked on MLB.com's list of top 30 Brewers prospects; four of which ranking in the Brewers top 10. The plethora of top rated Brewers prospects currently with Carolina include outfielder Corey Ray, infielder Isan Diaz, outfielder Trent Clark and third baseman Lucas Erceg. Ray is currently ranked as the second best prospect in the Brewers system by MLB.com, followed by Diaz (5), Clark (6) and Erceg (7). Each of which are also ranked in the top 10 among Brewers prospects according to both Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. Also ranking among MLB.com's top 30 Brewers prospects are pitchers Marcos Diplan (11), Cody Ponce (15), Kodi Medeiros (18), Freddy Peralta (19), Corbin Burnes (20) and infielder Jake Gatewood (25).

FIRST TIME: The Mudcats are currently in year one of a two-year player development agreement with the Milwaukee Brewers. Milwaukee's previous Class-A Advanced team was the Florida State League's Brevard County Manatees (FSL, 2005-2016). The 2017 season marks the first year that Milwaukee has had a MiLB affiliate in the Carolina League. Milwaukee's previous Class-A Advanced/Class A clubs: Manatees (FSL, 2005-2016), High Desert Mavericks (CAL, 2001-2004), Mudville Nine (CAL, 2000), Stockton Ports (CAL, 1979-1999), Burlington Bees (MID, 1975-1978), Danville Warriors (MID, 1971-1974), Clinton Pilots (1969-1970).

- This is the 27th season of Mudcats baseball at Five County Stadium. 
- This is the 6th season of Mudcats baseball in the Carolina League.
- The Mudcats last reached the playoffs in 2008 while a member of the Southern League (Double-A, Florida Marlins). 
- Affiliates: Pirates: 91-98. Rockies: 99-02. Marlins: 03-08. Reds: 09-11. Indians: 12-14. Braves: 15-17. Brewers: 2017- 

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