Johnson City’s Grayson, Turgeon are All-Stars

Cardinals Casey Grayson and Casey Turgeon have been named to the 2014 Appalachian League All-Star team.

The 14-man Appalachian League All-Star Team was announced Friday morning. The Johnson City Cardinals are represented by two players, second baseman Casey Turgeon and designated hitter Casey Grayson.


Turgeon, 21, was the Cardinals’ 24th-round selection this June from the University of Florida. The right-handed batter has a slash line of .315/.436/.452 in 197 at-bats over 54 contests. Turgeon has 44 runs scored, four home runs, 25 RBI and seven steals in 11 attempts. He drew 34 walks against just 28 strikeouts.

Grayson, 22, was taken three rounds earlier in this year’s draft from the University of Houston. The left-handed hitter has 196 at-bats over 55 games, during which he posted a line of .286/.371/.439. Grayson has 16 doubles, four home runs, 38 RBI and a strong strikeout to walk count of 29 to 28. He was the Appalachian League Player of the Week for the period of June 30 through July 6.

Among league leaders, Turgeon is seventh in batting average and first in on-base percentage while Grayson is second in doubles and RBI. In slugging, Turgeon is eighth and Grayson 10th and in OPS, the two are in third and eighth, respectively.

The Cards’ rival, the first-place Elizabethton Twins, swept the top awards. Max Murphy was named Player of the Year, Felix Jorge is Pitcher of the Year, and skipper Ray Smith is Manager of the Year.

Last summer, a trio of Cardinals were honored by the 10-team rookie-level league, also all position players - Rowan Wick, Vaughn Bryan and Kenny Peoples-Walls. Though the three are outfielders today, in 2013, Wick was the all-star catcher and Peoples-Walls the utility infielder (shortstop).

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