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MLB's Playoff 'Cats A look at the #MajorLeagueMudcats in the 2018 MLB Playoffs

MILWAUKEE BREWERS

Our parent club, the Milwaukee Brewers are in the post-season for the first time since 2011 and currently feature three former Mudcats including 2018 MLB All-Star Jesus Aguilar (2012) and rookie pitchers Freddy Peralta (2017) and Corbin Burnes (2017). Both Peralta and Burnes played with the Mudcats last season, while Aguilar, who originally came up through the Cleveland Indians organization, played for the Mudcats back in 2012. The Brewers also feature former Mudcat Marcus Hanel as their current bullpen catcher. Hanel played for the Mudcats in 1995, 1996 and 1997; he was also a two-time winner of Carolina's Ed Hales award (community service award).

Jesus Aguilar

2012 Carolina Mudcats

Jesus Aguilar played for the then Cleveland Indians affiliated Mudcats during the 2012 season. He played in a total of 107 games with the Mudcats and slashed .277/.365/.454 with a .819 OPS before a mid-August promotion to Double-A. Aguilar totaled 102 hits that season with Carolina, including 25 doubles, two triples and 12 home runs. He also totaled 58 RBI, scored 63 runs, walked 45 times and totaled 91 strikeouts.

Jesus Aguilar

The Venezuela born Aguilar also totaled 16 doubles, two triples and six home runs while slugging .500 in 56 games played at Five County Stadium in 2012.Aguilar was a one-time Carolina League player of the week after leading the league with a 1.417 OPS (7 G, 11-for-24, 7 R, 5 XBH, 2 2B, 3 HR, 6 RBI) between April 30 and May 6. He also represented the Mudcats and Cleveland organization in the 2012 All-Star Futures Game.

Freddy Peralta

2017 Carolina Mudcats

Freddy Peralta began the 2017 season with the Mudcats before later receiving a mid-season promotion to Double-A Biloxi. While with the Mudcats, Peralta totaled a staggering 78 strikeouts over 56.1 innings, 12 games and eight starts. He had also owned a Carolina League best 12.46 SO/9ip ratio when Milwaukee promoted him to Double-A following the All-Star break in 2017.

Freddy Peralta

In all, Peralta went 1-3 with a 3.04 ERA, .188 average against and 1.24 WHIP with the Mudcats in 2017 and was a mid-season Carolina League All-Star.

Corbin Burnes

2017 Carolina Mudcats

Corbin Burnes began the 2017 season with the Mudcats before receiving a near mid-season promotion to Double-A Biloxi on May 29. He went 5-0 over 10 starts with the Mudcats and left the Carolina League as the league leader in earned run average (1.05), WHIP (0.88) and fewest baserunners/9ip ratio (8.25). Burnes was also second in the Carolina League in lowest average against (.181), third in innings pitched (60.0) and fourth in strikeouts (56) before the promotion.

Corbin Burnes

The 23-year-old right-hander was named the Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2017 after going a combined 8-3 with a 1.67 ERA High-A Carolina and Double-A Biloxi between both levels. He also totaled 36 walks and 140 strikeouts over 145.2 innings and 26 starts between both High-A and Double-A in 2017.

CLEVELAND INDIANS

The Cleveland Indians, a former parent club of the Mudcats, clinched their third straight division title and did so with a slew of former Mudcat players. Their projected playoff roster includes former Mudcats Francisco Lindor (2013), Yandy Diaz (2014), Mike Clevinger (2014), Erik Gonzalez (2013/2014), Yonder Alonso (2009/2010), Cody Allen (2012) and Andrew Miller (2008).

Francisco Lindor

2013 Carolina Mudcats

Francisco Lindor

Francisco Lindor hit .306/.373/.410 with 100 hits including 19 doubles, six triples, one home run, 27 RBI and a team high 20 stolen bases over 83 games with the Mudcats in 2013. The then 19 year-old Lindor was both a mid-season and post-season Carolina League All-Star for the Mudcats and represented the Indians in the 2013 Futures game.

Yandy Diaz

2014 Carolina Mudcats

Yandy Diaz

Yandy Diaz played all of the of the 2014 season with the Mudcats during Carolina’s final year as an affiliate of the Indians. Diaz hit .286/.396/.367 with seven doubles, five triples, two home runs and 37 RBIs in 76 games for the Mudcats in 2014. It was his first season as a professional after signing with the Indians as a non-drafted free agent in 2013.

Mike Clevinger

2014 Carolina Mudcats

Mike Clevinger

Mike Clevinger pitched in five games and started four times for the Mudcats in 2014 and finished the year at 0-1 with a 4.79 ERA. He originally began the season in the Angels farm system and split the 2014 season with Low-A Burlington (Midwest League) and High-A Inland Empire (California League) before coming to the Mudcats and the Indians farm system as part of an early August trade.

Erik Gonzalez

2013/2014 Carolina Mudcats

Erik Gonzalez

Erik Gonzalez spent parts of two seasons with the Mudcats putting together a slash line of .242/.259/.366 over 39 second half games in 2013 and a line of .289/.336/.409 over 74 (mostly) first half games in 2014. Gonzalez totaled 37 hits, including nine doubles, five triples and 27 RBI in his first go-around with Carolina in 2013. He then totaled 89 hits with 14 doubles, seven triples and three home runs while driving in 46 RBI before a late-July promotion in 2014. Gonzalez was a 2014 Carolina League mid-season All-Star and was promoted to Double-A Akron shortly after the break.

Yonder Alonso

2009/2010 Carolina Mudcats

Yonder Alonso played for the Mudcats during the club's Southern League days when Carolina was affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds. His first season with Carolina came in 2009 when he hit .295/.372/.457 with 31 hits, 11 doubles, two home runs and 14 RBI over 29 games. He also earned Southern League player of the week honors in September while finishing the season with Carolina. Alonso returned to Carolina in 2010 where he slashed .267/.388/.406 with 27 hits, five doubles, three home runs and 13 RBI over 31 games.

Cody Allen

2012 Carolina Mudcats

Cody Allen started the 2012 season with the Mudcats and appeared in just two Carolina League games before rapidly ascending through the Cleveland farm system and making his Major League Debut with the Indians that same season. Allen briefly pitched in two games (4.0 IP, 8 SO) with the Mudcats to start the year, then appeared in five games for the Double-A Akron Aeros later in April and pitched in 24 games with the Triple-A Columbus Clippers from late April through mid-July before debuting with the Indians on July 20, 2012 against the Baltimore Orioles.

Andrew Miller

2008 Carolina Mudcats

Andrew Miller appeared in just one game for the Mudcats in 2008 while rehabbing his way through the Florida Marlins (Carolina was affiliated with the Marlins from 2003-2008 system. His lone rehab appearance with the Mudcats came on 8/21/08 when he pitched through five and 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and two runs allowed against the Mississippi Braves at Five County Stadium.

ATLANTA BRAVES

The NL East champion Atlanta Braves clinched a division title for the 13th time in franchise history. The Braves were Carolina's parent club during both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Their NLDS playoff roster features four former Mudcats including Johan Camargo (2015), A.J. Minter (2016), Anibal Sanchez (2008) and Chad Sobotka (2016). The Braves end-of-season roster also included the currently injured Dansby Swanson (2016).

Johan Camargo

2015 Carolina Mudcats

Johan Camargo

Johan Camargo played for the Mudcats in 2015 during the club's first season as an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. Camargo was Carolina's everyday shortstop that season and slashed .258/.315/.335 with 101 hits including 15 doubles, six triples, a home run and 32 RBIs over 130 games. He started the 2015 season hitting .289/.346/.380 with 11 doubles in the first half and was named to the mid-season Carolina League All-Star team. He was also a post-season Carolina League All-Star during his breakout season with Carolina.

A.J. Minter

2016 Carolina Mudcats

A.J. Minter spent the middle-third of his debut season with the Mudcats back in 2016. He appeared in eight games with Carolina and totaled 10 strikeouts over 9.1 innings pitched. He also walked four and allowed just three hits (.100 average against) before receiving a promotion to Double-A Mississippi. He originally began the 2016 with the Rome Braves after Atlanta selected him with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 draft out of Texas A&M.

Anibal Sanchez

2006/2008 Carolina Mudcats

Anibal Sanchez pitched for the Florida Marlins affiliated Mudcats in both the 2006 and 2008 seasons. His 2006 season was especially fantastic as he went 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 that season. He also 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. He later rehabbed with Carolina in 2008 and went 1-0 with a 3.46 ERA over two starts (13.0 IP, 12 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 BB, 12 SO).

Chad Sobotka

2016 Carolina Mudcats

Chad Sobotka

Chad Sobotka appeared in 13 games between July 3, 2016 and August 26, 2016 with the Mudcats in 2016. Sobotka put up impressive strikeout numbers in his limited time with Carolina after totaling 24 strikeouts over his 13 relief appearances and 17.2 innings pitched. Sobotka also allowed 12 hits, walked three and held opponents to a .197 average against. Sobotka originally began the 2016 season with Low-A Rome and finished the year with Double-A Mississippi after receiving a late August promotion from Carolina.

Dansby Swanson

2016 Carolina Mudcats

Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson played in just 21 games for the Mudcats in 2016, but left a lasting impression as he hit .333/.441/.526 with 12 doubles and a home run before an early season promotion to Double-A. At the time of his promotion, Swanson ranked fifth in the Carolina League in average (.333), first in doubles (12), fourth in on-base percentage (.441) and third in extra-base hits (13). The shortstop went on to hit .261/.342/.402 in 84 games with Double-A Mississippi before getting a call to the Big Leagues with Atlanta that same season.

COLORADO ROCKIES

The Colorado Rockies have reached the postseason for the fifth time in franchise history. Colorado was Carolina's Major League affiliate during the 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons. The Rockies currently have two former Mudcats on their playoff roster including Matt Holliday (2002) and Tony Wolters (2012/2013).

Matt Holliday

2002 Carolina Mudcats

Matt Holliday played in 130 games for the Mudcats during the 2002 season and hit .276/.375/.391 with a .766 OPS. He also totaled 128 hits including 19 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs and 64 RBI. Holliday totaled a season high six RBI in a single game while going 3-for-3 in a rain-shortened game on July 14, 2002 versus Birmingham. He also once scored a season high five runs while going 4-for-4 on July 21, 2002 against Tennessee.

Tony Wolters

2012/2013 Carolina Mudcats

Tony Wolters

Tony Wolters played for the then Cleveland Indians affiliated Mudcats during the 2012 and 2013 seasons. He slashed .260/.320/.404 over 125 games with Carolina in 2012 and later hit .277/.369/.353 over 80 games in 2013. Wolters additionally totaled 126 hits including 30 doubles, a Carolina League best eight triples, eight home runs and 58 RBI in his first season with Carolina in 2012. His 2013 season, meanwhile, saw Wolters total 80 hits with 13 doubles, three homers and 33 RBI.

NEW YORK YANKEES

The New York Yankees have once again secured a trip to the postseason and enter the playoffs with two former Mudcats on their roster. The former Muddies looking to play deep into the postseason with the Bronx Bombers include Aroldis Chapman (2011) and Didi Gregorius (2011).

Aroldis Chapman

2011 Carolina Mudcats

Aroldis Chapman started twice and pitched in a total of five games as part of a rehab assignment with the Mudcats in 2011. He was 1-1 with a 6.14 ERA and 11 strikeouts over seven and 1/3 innings with the then Double-A affiliate of Reds in 2011.

Didi Gregorius

2011 Carolina Mudcats

Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius played for the Mudcats during the club’s final season season a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds in 2011. Gregorius was promoted in late July from Advanced-A Bakersfield in 2011 and played in 38 games with the Mudcats where he totaled 40 hits, including six doubles, three triples and two home runs. He hit .312/.392/.704 during his time with the Mudcats.

LOS ANGELES DODGERS

The Los Angeles Dodgers have made the postseason for the sixth consecutive season, the longest active streak in the Majors. The Dodgers playoff roster currently includes former Carolina catcher Yasmani Grandal (2011).

Yasmani Grandal

2011 Carolina Mudcats

Yasmani Grandal played in just 45 games for the then Cincinnati Reds affiliated Mudcats in 2011. He began the year with High-A Bakersfield and played in 56 California League games before earning a mid-season promotion to Double-A Carolina. Grandal then spent most of the second half in the Southern League with the Mudcats and ended up batting .301/.360/.474 with 47 hits in 45 games. He also totaled 15 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI in his time with the Mudcats before finishing the season with Triple-A Louisville. He combined to hit .305/.401/.500 with a .901 OPS in 2011 between all three levels.

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