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Indians prospect Richard Palacios, a Towson alumnus, earns quick promotion in minors

Former Towson baseball player Richard Palacios hasn’t slowed down. Nothing less could be expected from the quick-footed shortstop with a slew of stolen base records.

After becoming the highest-drafted position player in Tigers baseball history when the Cleveland Indians selected him in the third round of the MLB draft in June, Palacios has earned a step up from Short-A Mahoning Valley to Low-A Lake County.

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The former Towson standout had a 17-game hitting streak in the New York-Penn League, which was broken in his debut game with Lake County after he went hitless in four at-bats.

He has since collected four hits in nine plate appearances against Burlington.

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In 28 minor league games, Palacios has 41 hits, 24 RBIs, six doubles, a triple, four home runs and five stolen bases. He has 17 walks and 16 strikeouts, hitting .402./479/.598.

He had initially been assigned to the rookie-level Arizona League Indians 1, but quickly ascended to Short-A after just five games, batting .438/.591/.875.

While it can be easy to evaluate draft prospects based on radar-gun readings and other superficial numbers, the Orioles clearly looked beyond them Tuesday.

At Towson, Palacios embedded his name in the Tiger record book as often as he could. To embellish his .323 career average, Palacios became the first player in program history to reach 200 hits in his junior season. He was one of two Division I players to reach 50 walks, 50 runs scored and 25 stolen bases, and snapped Towson’s all-time stolen base record (76).

In his freshman year, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native became the first Tiger to earn Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Year honors, along with two broken records for stolen bases in a single season (32) and hits for a freshman (74).

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