Carolina Mudcats is a Minor League Baseball team playing in the Carolina League.
Mudcats is Southern slang for catfish.
The team began play in 1991, after the relocation of the Columbus Mudcats from Columbus Georgia.
- They won the Southern League Championship in 1995, as the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- They won the Southern League Championship in 2003, as the Double-A affiliate of the Florida Marlins.
Through 2011, the Carolina Mudcats played in the Double-A Southern League, but in 2012 they were replaced by a Class A-Advanced team. In 2021, the Carolina Mudcats were dropped to the Low-A classification and placed in the Low-A East. In 2022, that league was renamed the Carolina League and reclassified as Single-A.
Where are the Carolina Mudcats based?
They are based in Zebulon, North Carolina. Zebulon is the easternmost town in Wake County, and in many ways, it functions as a suburb to Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina.
Short info about the Carolina Mudcats
Owners: Milwaukee Brewers
Colours: red, black, white, and grey
Mascots: Muddy the Mudcat, Mini Muddy
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Minor league affiliations
Class: Single-A (2022–present)
Previous classes: Low-A (2021), Class A-Advanced (2012–2020), Double-A (1991–2011)
League: Carolina League (2022-present)
Division: North Division
Previous leagues: Low-A East (2021), Carolina League (2012–2020), Southern League (1991–2011)
Major league affiliations
Team: Milwaukee Brewers (2017-present)
Previous teams: Atlanta Braves (2015–2016), Cleveland Indians (2012–2014), Cincinnati Reds (2009–2011), Florida Marlins (2003–2008), Colorado Rockies (1999–2002), Pittsburgh Pirates (1991–1998)
Minor league titles
League titles: 1995, 2003
Division titles: 1994, 1995, 2003, 2008
First-half titles: 1994, 1995, 2002, 2003
Second-half titles: 1995, 2003, 2008
The Carolina Mudcats are a part of the Milwaukee Brewers farm system. This system contains eight minor leage affiliates, including the Carolina Mudcats.
|Triple-A||Nashville Sounds||International League||Nashville, Tennessee|
|Double-A||Biloxi Shuckers||Southern League||Biloxi, Mississippi|
|High-A||Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||Midwest League||Grand Chute, Wisconsin|
|Single-A||Carolina Mudcats||Carolina League||Zebulon, North Carolina|
|Rookie||ACL Brewers Blue||Arizona Complex League||Phoenix, Arizona|
|ACL Brewers Gold|
|DSL Brewers 1||Dominican Summer League||Ramón Santana, San Pedro de Macorís|
|DSL Brewers 2|
Several players and one executive have won league awards in recognition for their performance with the Carolina Mudcats.
Southern League Award for Most Valuable Player
Mark Johnson, season 1994
Jason Kendal, season 1995
Gaby Sánchez, season 2008
Dave Sappelt, season 2010
Southern League Award for Most Outstanding Pitcher
Travis Wood, season 2009
Southern League Executive of the Year Award
Joe Kremer, seasons 1993, 1995, 2005, 2008
Carolina League Award for Most Valuable Player
Mario Feliciano, season 2019
Carolina League Pitcher of the Year Award
Cody Anderson, season 2013
Noah Zavolas, season 2019
Carolina League Community Service Award
Cody Anderson, season 2013
Carolina League Executive of the Year Award
Joe Kremer, season 2018
The Five County Stadium
The Five County Stadium in Zebulon is the home stadium for the Carolina Mudcats. On game days, the stadium gates open one hour before first pirch, unless otherwise noted. The parkng lots open two hours before first pitch.
The name of the stadium comes from its location; it is located in Wake County but less than 5 miles from the counties Franklin, Nash, Johnston, and Wilson.
The Five County Stadium was built in 1991 and the Carolina Mudcats began playing here on July 3, 1991. The stadium was renovated in 1998-2000, and upgraded in 2004.
Where is the Five County Stadium?
Coordinates: 35°49′2″N 78°16′12″W
Address: 1501 NC Highway 39, Zebulon, North Carolina
The stadium is accessible from the highways US 264 and NC 39.
How big is the Five County Stadium?
Dimensions: LF: 330′ | LCF: 365′ | CF: 400′ | RCF: 365′ | RF: 309′
Official seating capacity: 6,500
When Steve Bryant, owner of the Columbus Mudcats, moved the club to North Carolina in 1991 he wanted a new ballpark for them in a location that was not within the territory of any other minor league club. Zebulon was selected, as it is close to Raleigh without being within the territory of the Durham Bulls.