Beloit Snappers

Beloit Snappers
Founded in 1982
Beloit, Wisconsin
Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
Current Class A
Minor league affiliations
League Midwest League
Division Western Division
Major league affiliations
Current Oakland Athletics (2013–present)
Previous

Minnesota Twins (2005–2012)

Milwaukee Brewers (1982–2004)
Minor league titles
League titles (1)
  • 1995
Division titles (8)
  • 1984
  • 1985
  • 1987
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2003
  • 2007
First half titles (4)
  • 1995
  • 2000
  • 2007
  • 2013
Second half titles (3)
  • 1992
  • 1995
  • 2003
Team data
Nickname Beloit Snappers (1995–present)
Previous names
Beloit Brewers (1982–1994)
Colors Green, navy blue, gold, yellow, white
                        
Mascot Snappy D. Turtle
Ballpark Harry C. Pohlman Field
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Beloit Professional Baseball Association
Manager Webster Garrison
General Manager Seth Flolid

The Beloit Snappers are a Class A minor league baseball team affiliated with the Oakland Athletics,[1] that plays in the Midwest League and is based in Beloit, Wisconsin.[2] The Snappers play their home games at Harry C. Pohlman Field at Telfer Park, built in 1982. The franchise attendance record of 10,127 was set in 1986. Beloit joined the Midwest League as an expansion franchise in 1982. The club was a Milwaukee Brewers farm team from its inception through 2004. Beloit switched to the Minnesota Twins' farm system for the 2005 season. The organization adopted the Snappers nickname in 1995 after using its parent team's nickname for its first 13 seasons. The name derives from the snapping turtle, because Beloit was formerly known as Turtle Village and there is still a Turtle Creek and a town of Turtle. All of these are named for a turtle-shaped Indian mound on the campus of Beloit College.

The 2003 team included two sons of former major league players. Prince Fielder, the son of former American League home run champion Cecil Fielder and Tony Gwynn, Jr., son of Tony Gwynn. Future major leaguer Danny Valencia played for the 2007 team. Another noted Major Leaguer, Jim Morris of The Rookie fame played for the Beloit Brewers when he came out of college in the 1980s. Other former Snappers players who moved on to Major League ball include Greg Vaughn, Geoff Jenkins, Jeff D'Amico, Ron Belliard and Yovani Gallardo. Minnesota Twins players that have come through include Matt Garza and Kevin Slowey.

After the Milwaukee Brewers withdrew their affiliation with Beloit due to the lack of a new stadium, efforts were started to build one similar to facilities used by the Rockford RiverHawks or the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. One possible scenario involved construction on a site near Janesville, which could have included renaming the team to reflect a broader Rock County audience.[3] However, no new stadium was built and improvements, including redoing the entire field and repairing the concrete concourse, have been made to the existing site in recent years. After the 2012 season, the city of Beloit appropriated $100,000 in order to completely redo the outfield. The outfield was raised and leveled with the infield and a new sprinkler system was installed.[4][5]

Roster

Beloit Snappers roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 35 Ivan Andueza
  •  3 Joseph Camacho
  • 41 Wandisson Charles
  • 33 Bryce Conley
  • 14 Ty Damron
  • 36 Michael Danielak
  • 30 Brady Feigl
  • 24 Nick Highberger
  • 15 Jhenderson Hurtado
  • 27 Mitchell Jordan
  • -- Slater Lee
  • 20 Seth Martinez
  • 16 Jared Poché
  • 19 Jean Ruiz
  • 17 Gus Varland
  • 29 Brandon Withers
  • 21 Jesus Zambrano

Catchers

  • 18 Jordan Devencenzi
  •  5 Robert Mullen
  •  1 Skyler Weber

Infielders

  •  2 Nick Allen
  •  6 Ryan Gridley
  • 26 Hunter Hargrove
  • 12 Jesus Lage
  •  5 Jesus Lopez
  •  7 Miguel Mercedes

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches


7-day disabled list
* On Oakland Athletics 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated August 31, 2018
Transactions
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Oakland Athletics minor league players

Season-by-season record

Season-by-season record
YearRegular season[6]Postseason[7]
RecordWin %LeagueDivisionGBRecordWin %Result
198271–68.5116th2nd13.5
198366–71.4829th3rd8.5
198486–53.6192nd1st0–2.000Lost semifinals vs. Springfield Cardinals, 2–0
198579–57.5812nd1st1–2.333Lost semifinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1
198670–69.5046th2nd7.5
198776–64.5433rd1st1–2.333Lost semifinals vs. Kenosha Twins, 2–1
198866–74.4718th3rd18
198962–72.46310th6th24
199072–63.5337th3rd5.5
199170–67.5116th3rd6.5
199277–58.5704th1st4–4.500Won semifinals vs. Appleton Foxes, 2–1
Lost MWL Championship vs. Cedar Rapids Reds, 3–2
199360–74.44810th7th19
199476–64.5433rd2nd13.5
199588–51.6331st1st7–1.875Won quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–1
Won MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
199688–51.6331st1st1–2.333Lost quarterfinals vs. Rockford Cubbies, 2–1
199760–73.45111th5th13
199864–75.46012th5th9
199959–80.42414th5th20
200071–64.526t-5th3rd5.54–5.444Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
Won semifinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1

Lost MWL Championship vs. Michigan Battle Cats, 3–0
200167–71.4867th4th210–2.000Lost quarterfinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
200257–82.41012th7th28.5
200371–65.5512nd2nd3.54–4.500Won quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1

Lost MWL Championship vs. Lansing Lugnuts, 3–0
200472–68.514t-7th5th11.5
200569–71.4938th4th7.51–2.333Lost quarterfinals vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 2–1
200674–64.5366th4th4.52–3.400Won quarterfinals vs. Peoria Chiefs, 2–1
Lost semifinals vs. Kane County Cougars, 2–0
200779–61.5642nd1st6–3.667Won quarterfinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
Won semifinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0

Lost MWL Championship vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 3–2
200871–67.5148th5th7.5
200957–83.40713th14th25.0
201071–65.5227th4th11.0
201169–69.5008th3rd12.5
201277–63.5504th2nd1.51–2.333Lost quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–1
201377–62.5545th3rd11.52–2.500Won quarterfinals vs. Clinton LumberKings, 2–0
Lost semifinals vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 2–0
201455–84.39616th8th35.5
201555–84.39614th6th33.5
201665–77.45815th8th26.5
201765–73.47111th5th14.0
Totals2,512–2,457.50634–36.4861 MWL Championship

Notable alumni

Baseball Hall of Fame of Fame alumni

Notable alumni

References

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  2. "Midwest League Teams". Baseball-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. "Beloit Snappers". Archived from the original on August 1, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  4. Zinck, Shaun (December 8, 2012). "Pohlman Field's Makeover Done". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  5. Zinck, Shaun (October 3, 2013). "Pohlman Field Work Nears Completion". Beloit Daily News. Retrieved June 1, 2014.
  6. "Beloit, Wisconsin Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  7. "Midwest League Seasons". MWLGuide.com. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
  8. 1 2 "Midwest League Award Winners". Midwest League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
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