2013 Johnson City Cardinals Player of Year

Kenny Peoples-Walls showed his stuff all season long to nab our Appalachian League Cardinals Player of the Year honors.

The Johnson City Cardinals had a multitude of athletes under consideration for the honor, but 20-year-old Kenny Peoples-Walls has received the The Cardinal Nation Johnson City Cardinals Player of the Year award for the 2013 season.

Peoples-Walls
The shortstop has been a member of the Cardinals organization since being drafted in the fourth round in 2011 and served as the key ingredient for the Johnson City Cardinals' infield mix throughout his 59 appearances. His 59 appearances during the season tied Ronnierd Garcia for the team lead.

A team-leading .300 batting average was the product of Peoples-Walls' timely hitting throughout the season. He was joined on the .300 average plateau by third baseman Justin Ringo.

Peoples-Walls had 237 plate appearances with a team-high 71 hits. His extra-base strength is shown by his 11 doubles and four triples to go with his seven home runs and 35 RBI. In his final 10 games with the JC squad, Walls had five multi-hit games. Included in that stretch was a 3-for-5 effort against Burlington in the August 23 win.

The Los Angeles native joined outfield teammates Vaughn Bryan and Rowan Wick on the 2013 Appalachian League all-star team.

In the month of July, Peoples-Walls was named the Topps' Player of the Month for the Appalachian League. A highlight of his July was four straight three-hit games from July 7-11.

At the end of the season, Peoples-Walls was promoted to State College and has been learning to play the outfield in instructional league this fall.

Johnson City Cardinals hitters

    G AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OPS
Justin Ringo 1B 53 200 34 60 9 6 34 26 22 2 0.300 0.832
K. Peoples-Walls SS 59 237 41 71 11 7 35 73 9 3 0.300 0.820
Jhohan Acevedo CF 27 99 13 29 4 1 14 8 18 6 0.293 0.706
Luis Perez OF 16 65 9 19 3 2 6 3 16 2 0.292 0.774
Ronnierd Garcia 3B 59 231 41 66 17 5 39 24 53 2 0.286 0.803
J.J. Altobelli SS 48 169 18 48 12 2 18 16 30 4 0.284 0.767
Vaughn Bryan OF 57 236 45 66 8 3 24 22 54 13 0.280 0.735
Richy Pedroza SS 36 122 24 33 7 0 16 27 15 2 0.270 0.769
Rowan Wick C 56 207 28 53 11 10 35 30 71 2 0.256 0.818
Lance Jeffries RF 20 68 10 16 2 0 4 6 32 7 0.235 0.571
Steve Bean C 32 118 15 27 4 2 14 11 44 0 0.229 0.617
Yoenny Gonzalez CF 32 104 8 20 4 0 10 4 22 0 0.192 0.489
Devante Lacy OF 20 63 6 12 1 0 5 3 23 0 0.190 0.473
Kyle Grieshaber 3B 31 105 12 20 2 1 12 7 27 5 0.190 0.507
Robelys Reyes 3B 5 18 1 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 0.167 0.433
Leandro Mateo SS 18 56 11 9 0 1 3 5 11 4 0.161 0.452
Jonathan Keener C 7 27 0 4 0 0 5 0 7 0 0.148 0.291
Frankie Rodriguez C 14 33 2 4 1 0 2 2 12 0 0.121 0.323
Brian Vigo OF 17 42 4 5 0 0 0 2 15 3 0.119 0.278

Honorable Mentions

Infielder Justin Ringo

The 22-year-old showed improvement throughout the regular season, and came on late for the Cardinals. In his final 10 games, Ringo logged a .419 OBP. With a loaded-infield roster for Johnson City, he had 200 at-bats during the season, but made his appearances count. The left-handed batter wrapped up the season with a .300 batting average. He finished with 60 hits, six home runs and 34 RBI.

Outfielder/catcher Rowan Wick

Versatility was the word for Wick and the Cardinals. The 20-year-old emerged as the every-day catcher while Steve Bean recovered from a finger injury at the beginning of the season, then moved to right-field, his new home going forward. Wick finished the season with a team-high 10 homers to go with a .256 batting average and 35 RBI.

Infielder Ronnierd Garcia

Along with Peoples-Walls, Garcia was one of the two iron men on the club, playing in a team-high 59 games. Garcia served double duty - as the team's first and third baseman in different contests throughout the season. The infielder started to catch fire in the final leg of the schedule. In the last 10 games, Garcia knocked two home runs, hit three doubles and drove in 12 on 15 hits. Garcia capped off the season with a .286 average, with five home runs and a team-high 39 RBI.

Outfielder Vaughn Bryan

Bryan joined State College late in the season along with Peoples-Walls, but before then, made his time count in Johnson City. The switch-hitter played in 57 games for the Cardinals and finished his stint there with three home runs, 24 RBI and a .280 batting average. Bryan also showed off his wheels in JC, snagging a team-high 13 stolen bases.



Link to master article with all 2013 award winners, team recaps and article schedules for the remainder of this series. Of course, that will include our selections as the Player of the Year across all the Cardinals minor league affiliates as well as our system-wide awards.



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