The Carolina Mudcats announced Friday, May 30, the promotion of left-handed pitcher Shawn Morimando to Double-A Akron.
Coaches in the preseason projected the Virginia Beach native was a few adjustments away from big things. Morimando, a 19th-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, is at least one step closer.
The 21-year-old started on opening night and in the other nine games he played in the Class A Carolina League before the promotion. He posted a 5-2 record with a 3.73 ERA over the 10 games with the Mudcats.
There, he’ll be in quite the company, including Peter Bragan, Sr. (Jacksonville), J. Frank Burke (Chattanooga), Mike Darr (Mobile), Rosemary Hovatter (Huntsville), Bo Jackson (Jackson), Reggie Jackson (Birmingham), Dale Murphy (Mississippi), Alan Trammel (Montgomery) and Ryne Sandberg (Tennessee).
The right hander who came up through the Pittsburgh Pirates system is best known for his 17-year tenure with the Boston Redsox.
Wakefield signed with Boston in 1995 after two seasons in Pittsburgh, and from there earned All-Star status in 2009 and the Roberto Clemente Award in 2010. He retired after the 2011 season with 200 wins and 2,156 strikeouts on his pro resume.
As a Mudcat, Wakefield notched 18 wins and set several standing records over portions of the 1991 and 1993 seasons. He still owns records of 183 innings pitched, 15 wins and eight complete games in a single season.
He led Carolina with 123 kills and an ERA of 2.93 in 1991 and started in nine games in 1993, winning three.
The Southern League will induct 13 Hall of Famers each year starting in 2005. The first class will be honored June 17 at the Southern League All-Star Game in Chattanooga.
Through the conclusion of that game, the Mudcats had gone 26.2 innings without scoring a run.
Carolina had been blanked by the Blue Rocks 6-0 after giving up late runs on Tuesday, and had last scored in the first inning of a 4-1 loss to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Monday.
The 23-year old was called up from Triple-A Columbus to fill an opening in the Indians’ outfield, but has since been assigned to first base.
Aguilar played 107 games for Carolina in 2012, producing 102 hits including 58 RBI and 12 home runs.