The Brewers issued a press release on Tuesday announcing the finalization of their purchase of the Carolina Mudcats, their Advanced-A affiliate in the Carolina League.
The press release read:
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that the team has purchased a full ownership stake in the Class A Carolina Mudcats. The Mudcats are the Brewers affiliate in the Carolina League and are based in Zebulon, NC.
The transaction closed and has been approved by the Carolina League.
“We have been very pleased with the Mudcats affiliation as it provides an excellent level of competition and first-class facilities at a key development level in our farm system,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “Moving into an ownership position will give us an opportunity to continue to enhance what is already a first-class operation on both the business and baseball sides.”
The history of the Mudcats in North Carolina dates to 1991 when the team was a Double A club in the Southern League. In 2012, they joined the Carolina League as a Class A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. The 2017 season was the first year that the Mudcats were affiliated with the Brewers. The team compiled a record of 73-65, missed the playoffs by just one game, and featured several of the Brewers top prospects.
Prior to the purchase, Steve Bryant was majority owner of the Carolina franchise.
The Brewers are locked in with their Double-A affiliate, the Biloxi Shuckers, as well as their Low-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers through 2020 and now have their High-A squad taken care of as well. They do still face a decision heading into the 2019 season, when their player development contract with the now Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox will expire. The Triple-A squad will be relocating to San Antonio for the 2019 season but as of yet, there has been no word as to if the Brewers will remain affiliated with the new San Antonio ballclub