Outfielder Terrance Gore, leadoff batter for the Lexington, Ky., Legends of the South Atlantic League, has stolen 12 bases in his last eight games (through Monday) to give him 54 for the season.
And catcher Tyler Roberts is back playing for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Midwest League after his 2012 season was cut short with a wrist injury.
Gore’s recent surge allowed him to eclipse the Lexington franchise record of 48 stolen bases in a season set in 2004 by Josh Anderson. Gore, who has been caught stealing only five times, is second in the league in stolen bases behind Kannapolis second baseman Micah Johnson, who has 61.
The Gray native now has 89 stolen bases in his third season in the Kansas City Royals’ organization. He led the short-season rookie Appalachian League with 38 stolen bases in 67 games last year for Burlington, N.C., also setting the franchise record there. He was a 20th round pick by the Royals in 2011 after one year at Gulf Coast Community College, where he had 51 steals in 54 attempts.
Gore is batting .227 in 317 at-bats this season and has scored 58 runs to lead his team. He has five doubles, two triples and 20 RBIs. He has walked 42 times and been hit 12, but he also has 75 strikeouts.
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