Record: 65-74

Team Stats

  • Batting Average – .253 (6 of 10)
  • On Base Percentage – .320 (9 of 10)
  • Slugging Percentage – .383 (5 of 10)
  • ERA – 4.02 (7 of 10)
  • WHIP – 1.42 (10 of 10)
  • Walk % – 11.3% (10 of 10)
  • Strikeout % – 17.6% (8 of 10)

The pitching was not a strength of this team, and the hitting overall was mediocre at best on the team level.

Individual Position Players

Chris Heisey (pictured above) lit up the Southern League to the tune of .347/.426/.572 with 13 steals and just 1 caught stealing. Heisey had an identical walk rate and strikeout rate (10.8%). Heisey had 18 doubles, 2 triples and 13 HR.

Todd Frazier accumulated 500 plate appearances in Carolina with a line of .290/.350/.481. Frazier posted an 8.4% walk rate and a 13.4% strikeout rate to go with 40 doubles, 2 triples and 14 HR.

Juan Francisco hit for a .281/.317/.501 line with a 4.3% walk rate and a 19.6% strikeout rate. Francisco led the team with his 22 HR’s and also had 26 doubles and 2 triples.

Zack Cozart spent the entire season at shortstop for the Mudcats and hit .262/.360/.398. Cozart showed a bit of pop with 29 doubles, 2 triples and 10 HR to go along with his 11.6% walk rate and 16.1% strikeout rate.

Sean Henry hit .271/.341/.407 with a team leading 23 stolen bases. Henry had 22 doubles and 11 HR as well as an 8.5% walk rate and 14.1% strikeout rate.

Yonder Alonso spent just 121 plate appearances in Carolina but hit .295/.372/.457 over that time with an 11.6% walk rate and a 12.4% strikeout rate to go with 11 doubles and 2 HR.

Best Positional Prospect

I don’t think Alonso had enough time to consider him here, so that leaves me with Todd Frazier as the best positional prospect. Frazier’s future position may be up in the air given where he has spent time over the last few years, but his bat has me as a believer. He has pop and excellent plate discipline.

Individual Pitching Prospects

Travis Wood waas basically the Chris Heisey of the pitching staff. The lefty was lights out as he posted a 1.21 ERA and 0.97 WHIP over 119 innings pitched. Wood struck out 22.4% of the batters he saw and walked just 8% of them.

Joseph Krebs was not with Carolina long, but the reliever posted a 0.40 ERA over his 22.1 innings with a 0.99 WHIP.

Zach Stewart posted a 1.46 ERA with a 1.05 WHIP in 37 innings for the Mudcats.

Logan Ondrusek spent about half of his season in Carolina dominating out of the bullpen. The big righty posted a 1.65 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 32.2 innings.

Derrik Lutz last pitched at the end of May but up to the injury he had a 1.99 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 22.2 innings.

Philippe Valiquette spent 3 months in Carolina’s bullpen and had a 2.76 ERA over 32.2 innings.

James Avery went down with an injury in June and didn’t return. However the 25 year old posted a 2.89 ERA in 56 innings pitched prior to that.

Matt Klinker posted a 2.95 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP over his 36.2 innings in Carolina with a 9% walk rate and a 27.6% strikeout rate.

Alexander Smit threw 71 innings with the Mudcats in both a starting and relieving role. The lefty had a 3.04 ERA, 13.9% walk rate and a 24.2% strikeout rate.

Lee Tabor posted a 3.13 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP over 31.2 innings in various roles from the Mudcats bullpen and rotation.

Tom Cochran gave the Mudcats 87.2 innings of 3.18 ERA baseball with a 9.1% walk rate and an 18.7% strikeout rate.

Jordan Smith posted a 3.44 ERA over 73.1 innings in a season where he last pitched in July. Smith had a 6.8% walk rate and a 12.6% strikeout rate.

Justin Mallett had a 3.68 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP along with a 5.7% walk rate and a 17.2% strikeout rate.

Ruben Medina threw 70.2 innings with a 3.95 ERA.

Best Pitching Prospect

Travis Wood is an easy call on this one. He absolutely dominated the league like no one ever has in the history of the league. Very nice bounce back after a tough go of things in the Southern League the second half of last year.

Overall Impression

This was a team of two halves. In the first half the Mudcats were 37-32, but the second half saw them drop to 28-42. There was a ton of talent that came through this team, but at the end of things, the team wound up well under .500.

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