April 20 - Mudcats Game Notes

By Carolina Mudcats | April 20, 2017 3:49 PM ET

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BUIES CREEK ASTROS (HOUSTON ASTROS) at CAROLINA MUDCATS (MILWAUKEE BREWERS)
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:00 PM 
Game 13, Home Game 7 
at Five County Stadium (6,500)
 
Overall Record: CAR: 6-6; BC: 10-4
Streaks: CAR: L2; BC: W1
Last 10 Games: CAR: 5-5, BC: 6-4

Home Record: CAR: 2-4; BC: 6-1
Road Record: CAR: 4-2; BC: 4-3
Division Record: CAR: 0-0; BC: 10-4

UPCOMING PROBABLES:
TONIGHT, 7:00 PM: RHP Franklin Perez (1-0, 0.00) at Carolina RHP Cody Ponce (2-0, 1.29)
FRI, 4/21, 7:00 PM: RHP Yoanys Quiala (2-0, 0.00) at Carolina RHP Marcos Diplan (1-0, 0.00)
SAT, 4/22, 5:00 PM: RHP Akeem Bostick (2-0, 0.00 ) at Carolina RHP Conor Harber (0-1, 3.18)
SUN, 4/23, 2:00 PM: RHP RHP Elieser Hernandez (1-1, 8.71) at Carolina RHP Corbin Burnes (0-0, 0.56)

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

ICYMI: Starting pitchers Thomas Pannone and Triston McKenzie kept the Carolina offense in check while leading the Hillcats to a doubleheader sweep of the Mudcats on Tuesday night at Five County Stadium. Lynchburg took game one 1-0 with a run scored by Ka'ai Tom and won game two 7-1 with help of a four RBI game from catcher Martin Cervenka.

STARTING OFF: Cody Ponce gets the series opening start for the Mudcats tonight versus the Buies Creek Astros. Ponce is currently 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA over two starts this season for Carolina. He has pitched through the seventh in both of his starts this season and, over 14.0 innings, has not yet walked a batter this year. Ponce last pitched on 4/14 vs. Frederick and allowed two earned runs (three total) on eight hits over 7.0 innings. He also struck out five and threw 89 pitches, with 67 for strikes. Ponce leads the league in Fewest BB-IBB/9 IP Ration (0.00) and is 5th in Fewest Baserunners/9 IP Ratio (7.71). He has also held left-handed hitters to a .063 (1-for-16) average this season.

THE STAFF: Overall the Carolina pitching staff is 3rd in the league in ERA at 3.23 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 2.60 ERA over the first 12 games of the season. They have also combined to hold opponents to a .239 average against and have combined to record 50 strikeouts against 15 walks over 62.1 innings pitched this season… The Carolina bullpen is currently 3-2 with three saves and a 4.65 ERA (40.2 IP, 18 BB, 49 SO).

D-FENCE: The Mudcats are currently tied for 5th in the league in fielding percentage (.966), but lead the league in most double plays turned with 18 so far this season… The Mudcats also lead the league in Caught Stealing/Stolen Base Efficiency (.545). Carolina has allowed just five stolen bases this season and have caught six… Luis Aviles is currently tied for the league lead in most errors at shortstop with five (5) this season… Jake Gatewood has committed just one error at first and leads the league in most double plays at first with 17. Gatewood originally came up as a shortstop with Milwaukee and played in 44 games at SS with Helena in 2014. He also played in 51 games at short for Helena in 2015 before playing in 52 games as a shortstop with Wisconsin that same year. Gatewood moved to third and first last season where he played in 93 games at third and 26 games at first for Wisconsin. He led Midwest League third basemen in most errors (24) last season.

WHERE THEY RANK: Corbin Burnes is currently 2nd in the Carolina League in earned run average (0.56) and 5th in average against (.173)… Cody Ponce is currently 5th in the CL in earned run average (1.29). Ponce has not walked a batter this season and currently leads the league in Fewest BB-IBB/9 IP Ration (0.00) and is 5th in Fewest Baserunners/9 IP Ratio (7.71)… Jake Gatewood is currently 9th in the CL in on-base percentage (.420) and tied for 4th in most walks (8)… Luis Aviles leads the CL in stolen bases (7)… Trent Clark is tied for 3rd in most walks (9)… Troy Stokes Jr. is currently tied for 3rd 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 13 game home stand tonight with game one of a four game series against the Buies Creek Astros at Five County Stadium. Carolina is currently 2-4 in their longest home stand of the season. The stretch of 13 straight home games will be played over 16 days as the Mudcats had an off day on 4/19 and another off day ahead of them on 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).

FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH:
- 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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