Joel Booker stole 32 bases in 115 games as a Hawkeye, and he’s only taken his swiping up a notch in the minor leagues.
That was probably never more evident than Thursday night.
In the bottom of the 10th, Booker broke for home with the bases loaded and slid in safely to give his Winston-Salem Dash a 3-2 walk-off win over the Carolina Mudcats in the High-A Carolina League.
Booker started the inning on second base due to a new extra-innings rule in minor league baseball this season. According to Winston-Salem’s official website, with two outs and the bases loaded, Carolina tried to get out of the inning with a hidden-ball trick. When that failed, Booker hit the Mudcats with the straight steal of home on the next pitch.
Booker, a 22nd-round draft pick of the Chicago White Sox in 2016, has stolen 67 bases in 195 minor-league games, including three so far this season in his High-A debut. He’s 8 for 20 (.400) at the plate with a home run in the early going.