Today we take a look back at some Wilmington Blue Rocks first baseman over their 25 year history. Remember to vote for your favorite in the comments section.
- Larry Sutton (1994): He is the only Blue Rock to win Carolina League MVP. Sutton tied with teammate Andy Stewart (you can vote for him for catcher) to lead the league in slugging percentage (.542). He still holds the Blue Rocks record for most home runs (26) and RBIs (94) in a single season. Sutton also scored the second-most runs (91) in a single season and had the second-most hits (147).
- Carlos Mendez (1995-1996): Though he also caught and DHed, Mendez led the Carolina League in fielding percentage at first base (.993) in 1995. In 1995, he hit .273 with 19 doubles and 61 RBIs in 107 games. The following season, Mendez hit .293 with 25 doubles and 57 RBIs in 109 games.
Matt Smith (1996): His two-run home run in the 10th inning of Game 4 of the Mills Cup Championship clinched the Blue Rocks second Carolina League title. Smith drove in 59 in 125 regular season games.
- Eric Hosmer (2009-2010): His .354 batting average in 2010 led the Carolina League and is tops in Blue Rocks history. His career .320 average is tops all-time. Hosmer also has the Blue Rocks all-time best slugging percentage (.545) and on-base percentage (.429). Before a promotion to Double-A in 2010, Hosmer hit 29 doubles and drove in 51 in just 87 games.
- Matt Fields (2012): Fields hit .281 with 17 home runs and 41 RBIs after joining the Blue Rocks towards the end of June.