The Kansas City Royals already have one member of the Lexington Legends Hall of Fame, catcher John Buck.
Now they have a second, and indisputedly the most popular player in the Legends’ nine seasons, outfielder Josh Anderson.
The Detroit Tigers sent Anderson, 26, to the Royals for cash Thursday.
Anderson, a native of Eubank in Pulaski County and a collegiate standout at Eastern Kentucky, hit .242 with 16 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 15 attempts for the Tigers this season.
The Houston Astros selected Anderson in the fourth round of the 2003 draft.
At Eastern, Anderson led the Colonels to a second-place finish in the 2003 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. He led the nation with 57 stolen bases, was named OVC Player of the Year and became EKU’s first Louisville Slugger First Team All-American.
He stayed only half a season, then promoted to High-A Salem.
Including his time with Salem that season, Anderson was 78-for-91 on the basebaths.
He was named a South Atlantic League all-star.
The highlight of his short stay in Lexington was a still-standing club-record 6-for-6 game in a 13-6 rout of the Greensboro Bats. Facing four pitchers that day, Anderson had five singles and a double, scored five times, drove in a pair of runs and stole four bases.
From Salem, Anderson advanced the Double-A Corpus Christi (2005-06) and Triple-A Round Rock (2007), then joined the Astros for 21 games late in 2007. He hit .358 for Houston, with 11 RBI and a stolen base in his lone attempt.
The Astros traded Anderson to the Atlanta Braves after the 2007 season for pitcher Oscar Villarreal. Anderson split time between Atlanta and Triple-A, setting a Richmond (Va.) Braves and International League-record 27-game hitting streak. He hit .314 at the Triple-A level that season, with 155 hits, 77 runs, four triples and 42 stolen bases.
In 40 games with Atlanta, Anderson hit .294 with three homers, 12 RBI and 10 steals.
The Tigers acquired Anderson last March 30 in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rudy Darrow.
A left-handed hitter, Anderson’s big-league totals include a .283 batting average, three homers and 39 RBI.