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Carolina Mudcats

For the team that played with this name from 1991–2011, see Carolina Mudcats (1991–2011).
Carolina Mudcats
Founded in 1978
Zebulon, North Carolina
Team logoCap insignia
Current AHigh-A (1963–1974, 1978–present)
  • B (1925–1927, 1956–1957, 1962)
  • D (1908, 1928–1929, 1937–1941, 1946–1952)
  • semipro (1934–1936)
  • outlaw (1921–1922)
Minor league affiliations
League Carolina League (1956–1957, 1962–1974, 1978–present)
Division Southern Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
Current Atlanta Braves (2015-present)
Minor league titles
League titles 1935, 1947, 1962, 1988, 1991, 1995, 2004, 2006
Division titles 1988, 1990, 1991, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2011
Team data
Nickname Carolina Mudcats (2012-present)
Previous names
  • Kinston Indians (1987–2011)
  • Kinston Eagles (1925–1973, 1978–1981, 1986)
  • Kinston Blue Jays (1982–1985)
  • Kinston Expos (1974)
  • Kinston Highwaymen (1922)
  • Kinston Robins (1921)
Ballpark Five County Stadium (2012–present)
Previous parks
Steve Bryant (majority owner) and Carolina Mudcats Professional Baseball Club, Inc and Quint Studer.
Manager TBA
General manager Joe Kremer

The Carolina Mudcats are a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina. They are currently members of the Carolina League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. They play their home games at Five County Stadium.

The franchise originated in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of Kinston, North Carolina. In 2012 they relocated to Zebulon amid a series of purchases and moves, and took up the name of the previous Carolina Mudcats team.


File:Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium.jpg
Carolina Mudcats at Five County Stadium

The franchise was established in 1978 as the Kinston Eagles of the Carolina League. They were known as the Kinston Indians from 1987 through 2011, and were the Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. In 2012 they moved to Zebulon, North Carolina as part of a complicated series of moves and purchases by Pensacola businessman Quint Studer. Studer purchased the existing Carolina Mudcats of the Southern League, relocating them to Pensacola as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos.

To seal this purchase, Quint Studer had to facilitate the move of the Kinston team to Zebulon, where they took up the Mudcats name and branding.[1][2]

The original Mudcats name and branding has existed in Zebulon, North Carolina since 1991, and in Columbus, Georgia for two years prior. The Zebulon version started out as a major league affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and at one point were affiliates of Colorado Rockies, Florida Marlins, and Cincinnati Reds where they finished their AA existence. They became the Cleveland Indians affiliate just before the 2012 season and their transition to the Carolina League.

Current roster

Carolina Mudcats roster
Players Coaches/Other



  • 36 Jose Briceno
  • 24 Sal Giardina
  • 13 Joseph Odom


  •  2 Johan Camargo
  • 10 Carlos Franco
  • 12 Reed Harper
  •  9 Levi Hyams
  • 44 Joey Meneses
  • 25 Jacob Schrader




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* On Atlanta Braves 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated June 1, 2015
More MiLB rosters
Atlanta Braves minor league players

Notable alumni



  1. ^ "Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010". Pensacola News Journal. January 2, 2011. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Carolina to Pensacola, Kinston to Zebulon in 2012". Ballpark Digest. December 16, 2010. Retrieved April 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Edwin Rodriquez named manager of Carolina Mudcats". Carolina Mudcats. 



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