Going from playing three or four games a week in high school and junior college to one every day, with an occasional double-header thrown in, would take a toll on his body.
“They were right. I really felt it, especially in my legs, about middle way through the season,” he said. “All the guys in camp this spring who had been through it were warning us, but until you go through it, you really don’t know. But man, it was a battle there through the middle to the end of the season. You get so tired. You have to learn to get your rest, eat a good breakfast and take care of your body. My batting average dropped off in the second half, but I thought I came through OK.”
Dead legs or not, the speedy Gore led the Appalachian League in stolen bases with 36 and in runs with 50 during the regular season. And two more stolen bases in the playoffs, not to mention his first professional home run, allowed him to tie the Burlington, N.C., franchise record for stolen bases in a season with 38.
Gore was a 20th round pick by the Kansas City Royals in 2011 after one year at Gulf Coast Community College. He batted .340 with 17 stolen bases in 35 games with the Royals’ Arizona League rookie team after signing last summer.
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