Former Cabot Panthers and Arkansas Razorbacks baseball player Sam Bates is a member of the Burlington Royals rookie minor league baseball team in Burlington, N.C. Bates, who was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2012, is hitting .271 with 42 hits, including 10 doubles, a triple and a team-leading nine home runs. He also leads the team in RBIs with 31 and slugging percentage at .523. Bates is the son of Sammy and Jennifer Bates of Cabot. (Courtesy of the Burlington Royals)