Henley, Rock: Minors Players of the Week

Springfield's Tyler Henley and Johnson City's Rich Racobaldo have been named their respective leagues' Players of the Week.

For the period of July 13-19, the St. Louis Cardinals organization was represented well in the various Players of the Week across minor league baseball with a pair of honorees.

Springfield Cardinals outfielder Tyler Henley has been named the Texas League Player of the Week, while Johnson City Cardinals third baseman Rich Racobaldo received the same honor in the Appalachian League.

Henley, 24, has spent his entire third season as a professional with the Double-A Cardinals with an overall line of .335/.396/.541. This past week, the left-handed hitter from Rice via the eighth round of the 2007 draft extended his current hitting streak to eight games, including three multi-hit contests.

During this period, the 2009 Texas League All-Star went 13-for-30 (.433) including three doubles, scored six times and drove in eight.

Being taken in the 37th round of the 2009 draft from Mt. Olive College in New Jersey didn't seem to bother Rich "Rock" Racobaldo at all. Assigned to the rookie-level Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League, Rock has punished the baseball during his first month as a professional.

This past week, the 24-year-old third baseman raised his season line to an amazing .404/.447/.640 in 89 at-bats over 24 games after going 12-for-28 at the plate. That works out to a .429 average as the right-handed slugger slammed four doubles, three home runs and drove in a dozen. At this rate, Racobaldo should be expecting to receive a promotion sometime soon.

Brian Walton can be reached via email at brian@thecardinalnationblog.com. Also catch his Cardinals commentary daily at The Cardinal Nation blog.

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