Johnson City Cardinals in the News

The Cardinals boast two 2011 Appalachian League All-Stars along with adding a new player and seeing a former standout make a rebound.

Two current Johnson City Cardinals stars have been recognized by the Appalachian League as 2011 all-stars. The club is welcoming one new player and watching a 2011 leader receive a promotion from below to above.

Second baseman Tyler Rahmatulla and pitcher Kyle Hald have been named to Appalachian League All-Star Team, two of 14 players selected in the league-wide awards. Hald was chosen as the top left-hander. The short-season rookie-level circuit does not play an All-Star Game.

In addition, right-handed reliever Juan Bautista has been promoted from the now-ended Dominican Summer League Cardinals to Johnson City. Finally, outfielder Reggie Williams, contributor to the 2010 JC title club, has been moved up from the Gulf Coast League to Batavia of the New York-Penn League, bypassing Johnson City this time.

Rahmatulla, the Cardinals' 30th round pick in this June's draft from UCLA, leads the league with 25 doubles and his .327 batting average is ninth. The 21-year-old's 38 RBI ties him for 18th in the circuit. Rahmatulla is fifth with 44 runs scored and eighth with a .411 on-base percentage. He is fourth in slugging at .484 and second in OPS at .995.

Hald, 22, leads the league with his 1.84 ERA. The lefty sports a perfect 7-0 record to go with 63 strikeouts, the second most in the circuit. The Cardinals' 18th round pick in the 2011 draft from Old Dominion has only issued 12 walks and even contributed a save.

Last season, pitchers Ryan Copeland and Hector Corpas as well as outfielder Oscar Taveras and catcher Cody Stanley were Cardinals named as Appy League all-stars. All four are currently with Quad Cities of the Midwest League. Mike Shildt was the 2010 Manager of the Year and Copeland was the Pitcher of the Year.

Bautista, who just turned 18 in June, is the newest member of Johnson City, having been promoted from the now-ended Dominican Summer League Cardinals. The native of the Dominican appeared in 13 games, including 11 starts, posting a 3.36 ERA. The right-hander fanned 47 but walked 28 in 56 1/3 innings.

Williams, 21, moved up from the Gulf Coast League to Batavia of the New York-Penn League on Wednesday. The outfielder had suffered a fracture of the hamate bone in his hand this spring before joining the Muckdogs at the start of their season in June. After going 1-for-7, he was reassigned to the GCL, where he remained until now.

In 2010, the Cardinals' 10th-round selection in that draft played for Johnson City, where Williams posted a .269/.336/.381 line in 149 plate appearances over 44 Appalachian League games.

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