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Mudcats’ Season Closes With Many Highlights

September 3, 2014 |

When looking at things in the context of wins and losses, particularly given the success of several of the other teams in the Cleveland minor league system, it would be easy to dismiss the 2014 edition of the Carolina Mudcats as unproductive. A 62-74 overall record for the campaign will not look good in the media guide next season. Of the top-four teams in the Tribe’s organization, only the Mudcats failed to advance to the playoffs.

While winning is important, Minor League baseball is predicated on other things. It is important to discern whether the Carolina Mudcats as an organization provide an environment conducive to learning and have a coaching staff that sends players upward in the organizational ladder.

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Plutko Uses College Fraternity of Pitchers to Help Progress

August 27, 2014 |

Adam Plutko knows success and the thrill of winning a championship. A national title winner at UCLA in 2013 under head coach John Savage, the 11th-round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians is in his second season in the organization and is making strides. A right-hander, Plutko had allowed only four earned runs over his previous 17.2 innings entering Tuesday’s action.

Thrilled to be a member of the Tribe family after his successful time with the Bruins, Plutko sat down and talked with DTTWLN about his college exploits, his current time with the Carolina Mudcats and his goal to pitch at Progressive Field one day.

DTWLN: How did you get into baseball and did you have a favorite team as a young boy?

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Clevinger Happy for New Teammates and Organization

August 20, 2014 | | 3 Comments

It started out like most other days on August 7 for Michael Clevinger. The former fourth-round draft pick from Seminole Community College—by way of The Citadel—was at the ballpark going about his business when the news came.

“I actually thought I was in trouble at first,” Clevinger said. “I was doing my routine—I came in a couple hours before the game to do my lifting—then my pitching coach pulled me out and told me and said, ‘We have to talk.’”

As he unknowingly entered what would be a new phase in his professional career, Clevinger then was approached by a member of the front office from his parent club, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Director of Player Personnel Bobby Scales then clarified things for the right-hander.

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Mudcats’ Players Have Unique Comfort with Coaches

August 13, 2014 |

In the Minor Leagues, player personnel is, at best, a fluid situation. With the turnover that occurs almost weekly, the Cleveland Indians are unique in that there is solid stability within the respective coaching staffs of it affiliates. In Zebulon, the Carolina Mudcats are benefitting from the low turnover rate.

Manager Scooter Tucker, hitting coach Tony Mansolino and pitching coach Steve Karsay are the trio leading the Mudcats in 2014. The three were promoted in unison from Lake County after last season’s staff–led by manager Dave Wallace–were assigned to Double-A Akron.

Many of this year’s squad also made the trek up the ladder in Cleveland’s Minor League system from Lake County to Carolina. Familiarity has not bred contempt, and the Mudcats speak glowingly of the team in charge with development some of the Tribe’s youngest talent.

“Having Scooter, Steve and Tony in Lake County last year was helpful for me,” Carolina left-hander Ryan Merritt said during the first half of the campaign.

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Mudcats Continue Development and Playoff Hopes

August 6, 2014 |

Player development is the priority in the Minor Leagues. With postseason games often the most sparsely attended–due to local football season beginning and children returning to school–an organization can be forgiven if the extra contests are seen more as a burden than a reward.

In the second half of the 2014 campaign, the Carolina Mudcats have as good of an opportunity to reach the postseason as it has had since becoming an affiliate of the Cleveland prior to the 2012 season. At 2.5 games behind co-leaders Myrtle Beach (Texas) and Winston-Salem (Chicago-AL), September baseball at Five County Stadium in Zebulon N.C. Is a real possibility.

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Lucas Brings Winning Vibe from Home to Mudcats

July 30, 2014 |

There was a passion for baseball in West Terre Haute, IN that exceeded all of sports recalled Carolina Mudcats catcher Jeremy Lucas. There was just one thing holding it back.

“I guess you could say it is the main sport there,” Lucas said. “But there are not a lot of people there so if everyone played there it still would not be big.

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Sabourin’s Season an Unexpected Cycle of Events

July 23, 2014 |

Hitting for cycle is perhaps the hardest thing to achieve in baseball. Non-drafted, unheralded and returned to a league where he has already earned an All-Star Game, Jerrud Sabourin‘s career arch prepared him to accomplish history.

Sabourin became only the fourth player in Carolina history, and the first in 12 years, to hit for the cycle on Saturday when the Mudcats routed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 17-2, in South Carolina. The San Diego-native is batting .292 with three homers and 26 RBIs in 65 games with the Muddies.

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Aguilar Represents Clippers in Triple-A All-Star Game

July 17, 2014 |

Jesus Aguilar has methodically climbed up the ladder in the Cleveland Indians system since being signed as a free agent in 2007. With eight games played for the Tribe this season under his belt, he has had a taste of life in the Majors and he was a starter for the International League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on Wednesday in Durham, N.C.  The Venezuelan entered the gala batting .284 with 12 home runs and 51 RBIs in 79 games for the Columbus Clippers.

The Clippers enter the second half riding a four-game winning streak and tied with Indianapolis for first place in the West Division of the International League. The two teams will begin a four-game set at Huntington Park on Thursday. Fresh off his appearance in the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby, Aguilar is excited both for his experience he had in Durham and the remainder of the regular season.

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Mudcats in First Place and Eyeing Playoff Run

July 16, 2014 |

It is remarkable how playing winning baseball becomes addictive. In Zebulon, Carolina Mudcat players, along with fans, are getting hooked.

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Brantley Has Smooth First Half in All-Star Season

July 15, 2014 |

A throw-in to the deal that sent C.C. Sabathia to Milwaukee in 2008, Michael Brantley has made the All-Star Game for the first time in his career in his sixth season in Cleveland. What is most shocking about Brantley’s ascension to elite status is the combination of average and power he has shown at the plate.

With an already career-best 15 homers this season, along with 63 RBIs, Brantley has kept the Indians within shouting distance in the American League Central Division. The Tribe, 47-47 overall at the break, trail Detroit by 7.5 games and are 3.5 behind Los Angeles and Seattle in the Wild Card standings.

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Sides Shines in Second Mudcats Season

July 9, 2014 |

High-A baseball is typically referred to as the level in the Minor Leagues that is the “great separator.” It is where baseball players that perhaps have a chance to make the Majors distinguish themselves from those who do not.

Grant Sides pitched 27 games at High-A for the Carolina Mudcats in 2013. It did not go well. Sides had a 2-3 record in 27 games with a 6.58 ERA and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.3/1. Opponents batted .264 against the right-hander.

Sides was not deterred by his initial struggles in Zebulon. Selected by the Cleveland Indians out of Samford University in the 12th round of the 2011 MLB Draft, he had experienced pain on the diamond before while in college. The previous stumble was of the injury-variety but Sides rebounded from that malady nicely and was picked by the Tribe

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Sever Hopes to Create Different Drive for Cleveland

July 2, 2014 |

Joe Sever hopes to one day to reach Cleveland and have as large of an impact as his uncle did almost 30 years ago. The Carolina Mudcats infielder hopes he will be looked at much more fondly when it is all said and done.

The nephew of Hall-of-Fame quarterback—and renowned Cleveland Browns tormentor—John Elway, Sever was selected by the Indians in the 21st round of the 2012 Major League Draft after attending Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. The San Jose-native was eager to begin his professional career and eager to put the many lesson that he learned growing up in a prominent athletic family to use.

“Growing up I was used to seeing my uncle in the ‘bright lights’ and how he handled it and the professional side of sports, not just the on-the-field stuff,” Sever said. “I know what to expect. I saw (Elway) handle it. He has some great advice about it. He helped me to keep the focus on the field. It definitely benefitted me a lot.”

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