Minor League Record Book: Career Stolen Bases

Next up in our look at the “history” of the Valley League is career stolen bases in the minor leagues. As usual, we’ll start with 2006-2017, and then “all-time…”

2006-2017
1 Rico Noel Covington ’08 300
2 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 178
3 Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 168
4 John Raynor New Market ’04 145
5 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 142
6 Patrick Norris Harrisonburg ’07 138
7 Blake Tekotte Woodstock ’06 127
8 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 124
Ruben Sosa Harrisonburg ’10 124
10 Jay Gonzalez Harrisonburg ’11 122
11 Matt Camp Covington ’03 121
12 Cory Spangenberg Winchester ’10 111

Rico Noel spent the first part of 2017 with Lancaster of the Independent Atlantic League (where he stole 34 bases, by the way), but then was signed in August by the Houston Astros. He stole 4 bases in Double and Triple-A, giving him a nice round number up there at the top.

So Noel is still active, as is Ruben Sosa (17 SB in 2017) and Jay Gonzalez (31 SB in 2017). Cory Spangenberg is also active, although he spent only 17 games in Triple-A El Paso in 2017, where he stole 3 bases.

All-Time
1 Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 331
2 Rico Noel Covington ’08 300
3 John Massarelli Front Royal 288
4 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 250
5 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 225
6 Tommy Murphy Staunton ’98 215
7 Louie Meadows Staunton 192
8 Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 178
9 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 172
10 Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 168
11 Allen Battle Front Royal 158
Emil Brown Waynesboro ’94 158
13 Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 157
14 Kennard Bibbs Harrisonburg ’01 155
15 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 151
16 Jim Pankovits Harrisonburg ’74 149
17 John Raynor New Market ’04 145
18 Tony Thomas Harrisonburg ’05 142
19 Kevin Reese Winchester ’98 138
Patrick Norris Harrisonburg ’07 138

Noel, Tyler Bortnick, Mike Mitchell, John Raynor, Tony Thomas, and Patrick Norris are on both lists. Will Noel get enough time in the minors to catch Antoan Richardson? Rico is really only one full season behind… will he get that season in 2018?

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Rico Noel using those legs

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