And if all goes well, he could make an even bigger jump later this summer – all the way to the big leagues.
Gore, who was playing with the Omaha team in Colorado Springs over the weekend, could not be reached for comment.
But his former coach at Jones County, Barry Veal, had heard from him after he was promoted last Wednesday and said Gore indicated that Royals’ officials had told him they wanted to look at him stealing against the better catchers and pitchers in AAA ball to see if he would be ready to be called up to Kansas City after major league rosters expand in September to be used as a pinch runner. AAA is the highest level in the minor leagues.
During most of the season, major league teams are limited to 25 men on their active rosters. But on Sept. 1, they are allowed to expand to 40 men for the final month of the regular season.
Traditionally, teams use that as a chance to take a look at some of their top minor league prospects, let the younger players gain a little experience at the big league level, and, if the teams are in a playoff race, to rest some of their regulars before the postseason begins.
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