Minor League Record Book: Stolen Bases in a Season

Welcome to the Rico Noel show! Rico dominates both lists; he’s the first to set an all-time single season record since 2006.

2006-2018
1 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2012 90
2 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2011 62
3 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2013 59
4 Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 2008 55
5 John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 54
6 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 53
7 John Raynor New Market ’04 2008 48
8 Patrick Norris Harrisonburg ’07 2009 45
9 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2009 43
Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 43
Jay Gonzalez Harrisonburg ’11 2016 43
All-Time
1 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2012 90
2 Gene Richards Harrisonburg 1975 85
3 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2011 62
4 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 1999 66
5 Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 2006 66
6 Rico Noel Covington ’08 2013 59
7 Gary Jones Waynesboro ’82 1983 58
Brett Gardner New Market ’03-04 2006 58
9 Doug Dascenzo Front Royal 1986 57
Mike Wenner Front Royal 2000 57
11 Kennard Bibbs Harrisonburg ’01 2003 55
Mike Mitchell Staunton ’06 2008 55
13 John Massarelli Front Royal 1990 54
John Raynor New Market ’04 2007 54
15 Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2010 53
16 John Raynor New Market ’04 2008 48
17 Juan Pierre Harrisonburg ’97 2000 47
18 David Eckstein Harrisonburg 1998 45
Patrick Norris Harrisonburg ’07 2009 45
20 Allen Battle Front Royal 1992 43
Antoan Richardson Winchester ’03 2007 43
Tyson Auer Luray ’05-06 2009 43
Tyler Bortnick Front Royal ’06 2011 43
Jay Gonzalez Harrisonburg ’11 2016 43

In 2012, Rico Noel was in the California League, playing for Lake Elsinore. In 134 games and 514 at-bats, he hit 270/357/305, with 79 runs, 30 RBIs, 14 doubles, 2 triples, a 62/151 BB/K ratio, and 90 stolen bases (he was caught 23 times). By my count, Rico was on first base 185 times… and stole 90 bases. Whoa. Rico was called up to the Yankees in 2015 as a pinch runner, and appeared in 15 games, stealing 5 bases. Now 29 years old, he still stole 53 bases for Lancaster in the Independent Atlantic League.

Rico Noel diving
Rico Noel, creating havoc on the bases

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