In 1991 the former Columbus Mudcats of the Southern League moved to North Carolina and were renamed the Carolina Mudcats. They started the year in Wilson, NC, playing in Fleming Stadium while Five County Stadium was being completed in Zebulon, NC.
The team, formerly a Houston Astros farm club when in Columbus, associated with the Pittsburgh Pirates the year they became the Carolina Mudcats. After 8 years as a Pirates affiliate, they switched to the Colorado Rockies for four years then the Florida Marlins before becoming the Cincinnati Reds' AA affiliate in 2009.
In 2012, they changed leagues and level as the Reds moved the team to Pensacola, FL to become the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, while the Cleveland Indians shifted their A-Advanced team in the Carolina League from Kinston, NC to Zebulon, where they took over the Mudcats name.