The 2011 season was one to forget for the Carolina Mudcats. At no point in the season were they a .500 team, much less above .500. In the first half of the season the team finished 24 games below .500 and 20 games out of first place. The second half saw a much improved team, though they still finished at 9 games under and 12 games out of first.  The Mudcats and Reds affiliation is up after this year and the Reds will begin 2012 as the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in the Southern League.

Top Position Prospect

Neftali Soto was an easy pick here for the Mudcats. He became the first minor leaguer in the Reds system to hit 30 HR’s since Adam Dunn in 2001. His overall line of .278/.333/.576 with 31 HR’s in 396 at bats showed off both his good side and his bad. He has tons of power and a good hit tool, but he also needs to work on his plate discipline as noted by the lower OBP. As far as prospects go, he has the best current power of anyone in the system.

Top Pitching Prospect

Donnie Joseph gets the nod from this lackluster bunch of players with at least 50 innings pitched at the level. His ERA was not inspiring, sitting at 6.94 on the season. He battled control with 30 walks in 58.1 innings but also had 66 strikeouts. When he had his control, he was a dominant reliever, but far too often he was unable to throw his breaking ball for strikes. With that said, his velocity actually jumped this season a tick or two, giving him a well above average fastball to go with a plus slider.

Among the League Leaders (must qualify)

  • Quintin Berry – 4th in OBP: .399
  • Neftali Soto – 3rd in SLG: .575
  • Neftali Soto – 4th in OPS: .904
  • Cody Puckett – 8th in doubles: 29
  • Neftali Soto – 1st in HR’s: 30
  • Quintin Berry – 1st in steals: 40