Coastal’s Rico Noel Gets the Call to Big Leagues with New York Yankees
CONWAY - Rico Noel, who was an All-American outfielder at Coastal Carolina and twice led the NCAA in stolen bases, was promoted to the New York Yankees as Major League Baseball allowed its clubs to expand their respective rosters from 35 to 40 active players.
Noel stole 23-of-28 bases this summer, playing for three minor league teams –El Paso (San Diego Padres’ AAA affiliate), Trenton (New York Yankees’ AA affiliate) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Yankees’ AAA affiliate). In six seasons as a professional baseball player, Noel has stolen 283 bases while only being caught 61 times. Noel has a career minor league batting average of .254 with a .347 on-base percentage. He was a two-time All-Star while in the minor league (2012 Advanced A Lake Elsinore, 2013 AA San Antonio) and non-roster invitee to MLB spring training twice with the Padres (2014 and 2015).
Noel was a fifth-round selection by the Padres in the 2010 draft after helping Coastal Carolina to a #4 national seed and a berth to the NCAA Super Regional. He was tabbed third team All-American by Baseball America, National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and PING! Baseball. He was a two-time, first team All-Big South selection and led the nation in stolen bases in 2009 (48) and 2010 (56), while ranking eighth in the NCAA in runs scored in 2010 with a CCU record 82. He ranks third on the CCU all-time list for stolen bases (120) and fourth in runs scored (187).
Noel becomes the 10th Chanticleer to reach Major League Baseball, joining Keith Hessler, Tommy La Stella, Mike Costanzo, David Sappelt, Tom Romano, Kirt Manwaring, Luis Lopez, Keith Glauber and Mickey Brantley. Noel is the third player from the 2010 team to reach the big leagues and the fifth Chanticleer to make it to Major League Baseball in the past five years.