Lynchburg Hillcats

The Lynchburg Hillcats are a Minor League Baseball team in Lynchburg, Virginia. They are a Class A-Advanced team in the Carolina League, and currently are a farm team of the Cleveland Indians. They had been a farm team of the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2014, the Cincinnati Reds in 2010, and the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1995 to 2009. The Hillcats play home games at Calvin Falwell Field; refurbished and renamed in 2004, the stadium seats 4,291 fans.

In May 2016, the franchise announced that they would rebrand after the season.[1] When put to a fan vote for a new moniker with "Derechos," "Doves," "Lamb Chops," "Love Apples," and "River Runners" as options, a majority of fans voted to retain the Hillcats name.[2] They did, however, unveil new logos and a different color scheme, consisting of seven hills green, Blue Ridge blue, and midnight blue, for the 2017 season.[3]

Lynchburg Hillcats
Founded in 1963
Lynchburg, Virginia
Lynchburg HillcatsHillcats cap
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentA-Advanced
Minor league affiliations
LeagueCarolina League (1966–present)
DivisionNorthern Division
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
CurrentCleveland Indians (2015–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (8)
  • 1978
  • 1983
  • 1984
  • 1997
  • 2002
  • 2009
  • 2012
  • 2017
Team data
NicknameLynchburg Hillcats (1995–present)
Previous names
  • Lynchburg Red Sox (1988–1994)
  • Lynchburg Mets (1976–1987)
  • Lynchburg Rangers (1975)
  • Lynchburg Twins (1970–1974)
  • Lynchburg White Sox (1963–1969)
  • Lynchburg Cardinals (1943–1955)
  • Lynchburg Senators (1940–1942)
  • Lynchburg Grays (1939)
  • Lynchburg Shoemakers (1906–1917, various)
  • Lynchburg Climbers (1894–1896)
ColorsMidnight blue, cyan, green, white
                   
MascotSouthpaw 2.0 (2017-present)
Southpaw (1997-2017)
Socko (1988-1994)
BallparkCalvin Falwell Field (1963–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Elmore Sports Group
ManagerJim Pankovits
General ManagerChris Jones
PresidentChris Jones

Division and league championships

  • 1896 State League Champions, No playoffs.
  • 1906 Virginia League Champions, No playoffs.
  • 1940 Virginia League Champions, Senators over Harrisonburg, 3–2.
  • 1944 Piedmont League Champions, Cardinals over Portsmouth Cubs, 4–3.
  • 1948 Piedmont League Regular Season Champions, Cardinals lose to Newport News Dodgers, 0–4.
  • 1949 Piedmont League Champions, Cardinals over Portsmouth Cubs, 4–2.
  • 1962 South Atlantic League Regular Season Champions, White Sox lose to Macon, 0–3.
  • 1963 South Atlantic League 2nd-Half Champions, White Sox lose to Augusta, 2–3.
  • 1964 Southern League Champions, No playoffs.
  • 1973 Carolina League 1st-Half Champions, Twins lose to Winston-Salem, 2–3.
  • 1977 Carolina League 1st-Half Champions, Mets lose to Peninsula, 2–3.
  • 1978 Carolina League Champions, Mets over Peninsula, 3–0.
  • 1982 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Mets lose to Alexandria in one-game Divisional playoff.
  • 1983 Carolina League Champions, Mets sweep Northern Division and win over Winston-Salem, 3–0.
  • 1984 Carolina League Champions, Mets sweep Northern Division and win over Durham, 3–1.
  • 1985 Carolina League Northern Division Champions, Mets sweep Division lose to Winston-Salem, 1–3.
  • 1988 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Red Sox over Salem, 2–1, in playoffs, lose to Kinston, 2–3, in Championship.
  • 1989 Carolina League 1st-Half Northern Division Champions, Red Sox lose to Prince William, 1–2, in playoffs.
  • 1991 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Red Sox over Prince William, 2–0, in playoffs, lose to Kinston, 0–3, in Championship.
  • 1992 Carolina League Northern Division Champions, Red Sox sweep Division lose to Peninsula, 2–3, in Championship.
  • 1997 Carolina League Champions, Hillcats win 2nd-Half Northern Division, over Frederick, 2–0, in playoffs, over Kinston, 3–1, in Championship.
  • 2000 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats over Frederick, 2–0, in playoffs, lose to Myrtle Beach, 0–3, in Championship.
  • 2002 Carolina League Champions, Hillcats win Northern Division Wildcard, over Wilmington, 2–1, in playoffs, over Kinston, 3–1, in Championship.
  • 2003 Carolina League 1st-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats over Wilmington, 2–0, in playoffs, lose to Winston-Salem, 0–3, in Championship.
  • 2005 Carolina League 1st-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats lose to Frederick, 0–2, in playoffs.
  • 2009 Carolina League Champions, 1st-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats over Wilmington, 3–2, in playoffs, over Salem, 3–0, in Championship.
  • 2012 Carolina League Champions, 1st-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats over Wilmington, 2–1, in playoffs, over Winston-Salem, 3–1, in Championship.
  • 2013 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Wild Card, Hillcats lose to Potomac, 0–2, in playoffs.
  • 2014 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Wild Card, Hillcats lose to Potomac, 0–2, in playoffs.
  • 2015 Carolina League 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats lose to Wilmington, 2–0, in playoffs.
  • 2016 Carolina League 1st-Half & 2nd-Half Northern Division Champions, Hillcats over Potomac, 2–1, in playoffs, lose to Myrtle Beach, 3–1, in Championship.
  • 2017 Carolina League Champions, Hillcats over Frederick in playoffs, 2–1, declared co-champions with Down East as a result of the playoffs being called off because of Hurricane Irma.[4]

Roster

Lynchburg Hillcats roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 31 Dakody Clemmer
  • 29 Riley Echols
  • -- Nick Gallagher Injury icon 2.svg
  • 22 Justin Garza
  • 13 Brock Hartson
  • 45 Hector Hernandez
  • 46 Juan Hillman
  • 24 Kirk McCarty
  • -- Jean Carlos Mejía Injury icon 2.svg*
  • 33 Evan Mitchell
  • 47 Cody Morris Injury icon 2.svg
  •  4 Aaron Pinto
  • -- Anderson Polanco Injury icon 2.svg
  • 27 Matt Solter §
  • 40 Felix Tati
  • 32 Jonathan Teaney
  • 49 Randy Valladares

Catchers

  •  9 Gavin Collins
  • 34 Mike Rivera
  • 17 Jason Rodriguez Injury icon 2.svg

Infielders

Outfielders

  • 16 Will Benson
  •  7 Jodd Carter
  • 39 Oscar Gonzalez
  •  1 Steven Kwan
  • 15 Mitch Reeves
  • -- Austen Wade Injury icon 2.svg

Manager

Coaches

  • 11 Michael Merganthaler (bench)
  • 43 Johnny Narron (hitting)
  • 41 Joe Torres (pitching)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Cleveland Indians 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 13, 2019
Transactions
→ More rosters: MiLB • Carolina League
Cleveland Indians minor league players

Notable Lynchburg alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

References

  1. ^ Lynchburg Hillcats announce contest to rename franchise - WSET.com
  2. ^ "Lynchburg to Remain Hillcats". Ballpark Digest. July 27, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ "Lynchburg Hillcats Unveil New Logos". Ballpark Digest. October 28, 2016. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Carolina League cancels Mills Cup Finals". Carolina League. Minor League Baseball. September 8, 2017. Retrieved September 8, 2017.

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