Minor League Record Book: Stolen Bases, Season

A different kind of list- stolen bases in one minor league season:

2006-2019
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

90 stolen bases?!? Rico Noel played in Lake Elsinore in 2012 (California League), and hit .270/.357/.305, with a 62/151 BB/K ratio. He had 139 hits, 62 walks, and was hit by a pitch eight times, which means he stole 90 bases after reaching base 209 times. Almost 50%. Noel also stole five bases in New York in the major leagues in 2015. He’s still playing in Indy Leagues- in 2019, he stole 45 bases for Sugarland in the Atlantic League. (In all levels of baseball, he’s stolen 542 bases in his career.)

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

Antoan Richardson  hit .292/.381/.366 in 418 at-bats for Augusta in 2006, with those 66 stolen bases in only 75 attempts. Like Noel, he played in the majors with the Yankees briefly, and stole six bases there. Fun fact: Richardson was drafted four times.

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