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September 3, 2014   (4 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: 2014 season in review
The Carolina Mudcats third season as the Advanced-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians came to an end on Monday. Finishing at 33-36 in the second half and 62-74 overall, the Mudcats failed to make the playoffs in the Carolina League. There were several surprises throughout the season on the field. Some players were better than expected, some were not as good as expected, and others put on performances words almost cannot describe. Here is the IBI's Zachary Francis' take on the stars of the year...
August 27, 2014   (3 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Clevinger is adjusting to new team
In the midst of a playoff race, the Carolina Mudcats are making a furious late season push to be a representative from the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The team won six of seven games this week and closed the week with five wins in a row to find themselves just 1.5 games back in the Southern Division with one week left in the regular season. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down and talked with recent trade acquisition Michael Clevinger...
August 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Consistency is the name of Merritt's game
After going 6-9 in Lake County during 2013, few people, if any, saw a potential ace in Carolina Mudcats left-hander Ryan Merritt before the season began. That perception has certainly changed now. A 16th round draft pick in 2011, Merritt is having one of the best seasons in Mudcats franchise history, including before they were affiliated with the Indians. The IBI's Zachary Francis recently sat down and spoke with the talented lefty about his season...
August 20, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Notebook: Merritt, Plutko lead the Mudcats rotation
Even though the week was bookended by victories, the Carolina Mudcats had another difficult week and are running out of time to make up ground in their chase to make the playoffs. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly notebook and recaps the week that was for the Mudcats...
August 13, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Monsalve's working to be more focused
A rainy spell throughout the Carolinas put a damper on the Carolina Mudcats week, as the team went just 2-3 with two games being postponed. Carolina is still very much in the playoff race with the first half division champion Pelicans once again in the driver’s seat and the Winston Salem Dash just one-half game ahead of the Mudcats for the final playoff spot. The IBI's Zach Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and had a chance to sit down and talk with Alex Monsalve about his season.
August 6, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Lee handling transition to bullpen well
It was a difficult week for the Carolina Mudcats, as the team went just 1-5, closing the week on a five-game skid. With the difficult week, the team fell to 21-23 in the second half and 2.5 games behind Winston Salem in the Carolina League’s Southern Division. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also sat down with reliever Jacob Lee to talk about his role change...
July 30, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Peoples finding consistency as a starter
It was a rough week for the Mudcats as the team went just 1-4, but saw a six-game losing streak come to an end. With the losing streak, the team is now tied with first-half division winner Myrtle Beach for the division lead, just one-half game ahead of Winston Salem. The IBI's Zachary Francis chimes in with his weekly notebook and provides the news and notes from the week that was for the Mudcats and also talked with pitcher Michael Peoples about his role this season.
July 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Sulser brings smarts, poise to mound
This incarnation of the Carolina Mudcats have been difficult to figure out. One week, the team will reel off five wins in a row, and the next, they will trade victories with losses and finish under .500 for the week. This was one of those weeks, as the team went 3-4, but took two of three in Myrtle Beach, the first half division winners. The IBI's Zachary Francis catches us on the week that was for the Mudcats and also recently sat down to talk with Cole Sulser about his season...
July 16, 2014   (1 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Gonzalez making necessary strides
The Carolina Mudcats had one of their best weeks of the season this week, reeling off five wins in six games. At week’s end, Carolina sits atop the second-half Southern Division standings at 16-10, two games ahead of first-half champion Myrtle Beach. Join Zachary Francis as he recaps the past week for the Mudcats in his weekly notebook and profiles Erik Gonzalez, who is making the necessary strides to become a top prospect.
July 9, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Plutko is making adjustments in Carolina
It was a week of streaks for the Mudcats, completing a season long four-game winning streak to start the week and finishing the week with a three game losing streak. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Mudcats and also recently sat down with righty Adam Plutko to talk about his transition to Carolina.
July 2, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Sever has a changed mentality to game
The Carolina Mudcats were able to continue their strong start to the second half of the season, going 4-3 on the week. Carolina dropped two of three at Salem before winning two of three on the road against Winston Salem. The Mudcats finished off the week by winning the first game of a three game set at home against Lynchburg. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and also talks to infielder Joe Sever about his season to date.
June 25, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Notebook: Martin is still learning on the mound
The Carolina Mudcats couldn’t have hoped for a better start to the second half, as they won three of their first four games. However, the team dropped two straight to end the week to bring their record to 3-3 in the second half and 32-41 overall. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week for the Mudcats and also catches up with pitching prospect Josh Martin...
June 18, 2014   (1 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Karsay talks about first half pitching
The Carolina Mudcats closed out the first half of the season on a sour note, going only 1-3 on the week, with one game being canceled by rain. The Mudcats enter the All-Star Break at 29-38 and finished the first half in a tie for third with the Winston Salem Dash. The IBI's Zachary Francis gets us caught up on the week that was for the Mudcats and
June 11, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Brown is settling in as a starter
As a difficult first half draws to a close, the Carolina Mudcats will not quit fighting to the very end. The Mudcats took three of five from the Winston Salem Dash in a home-and-home series before heading back to Zebulon to take on the Potomac Nationals, from whom they split the first two games of a series to improve to 4-3 on the week. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was and features righty D.J. Brown...
June 4, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Morimando is showing a lot of progress
A rough stretch of the season for the Carolina Mudcats continued for another week as the team went just 2-5 on the week. The IBI's Zachary Francis gets us all caught up with the week that was for the Mudcats, who is playing well and who is not, and also sat down with talented lefty Shawn Morimando to get his thoughts on his performance to date.
May 28, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Hankins is showing versatility, performance
The Carolina Mudcats started off the week by getting swept in a double header by the Wilmington Blue Rocks, which accurately summed up the week for the team. Carolina only managed two wins on the week, going 2-6. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was, provides all the news and notes from the week and recently sat down with Todd Hankins to get his thoughts on his recent play of late.
May 25, 2014   (0 comments)
Mudcats giveaway late lead, fall to Pelicans, 5-4
Despite leading 3-0 through seven innings, the Carolina Mudcats allowed the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to score five times in the final two innings to win 5-3 on Sunday night. With the score tied at three in the top of the ninth inning, the Pelicans scored twice with the bases loaded on a walk and a hit batsman to grab their first lead of the game.
May 24, 2014   (0 comments)
Carolina Mudcats take early lead, but lose 6-2 to Myrtle Beach
After taking a 2-1 lead, the Carolina Mudcats fell back before losing to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, 6-2. Carolina starter Shawn Morimando pitched six innings of four-hit, two-run ball, but the bullpen did him no favors as Rob Nixon pitched just two-thirds of an inning and gave up three hits and four runs. Carolina finished the game with 11 hits but three errors.
May 23, 2014   (0 comments)
Sulser, Mudcats take out Pelicans, 7-2
Thanks to dominant pitching by right-hander Cole Sulser, and a strong offensive performance the Carolina Mudcats emerged as 7-2 victors in their first contest against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.
May 21, 2014   (2 comments)
Mudcats Notebook: Merritt is topping the league leaderboard
The normal comforts of home were not had by the Carolina Mudcats this past week as they struggled to just a 1-4 record before traveling to Wilmington for the start of a three game set and dropped the first game. The IBI's Zachary Francis recaps the week that was for the Carolina Mudcats, gets us caught up with Ryan Merritt's nice season to date, and highlights all of the important news and notes for the team.

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