Three Johnson City Cardinals Named All-Stars

Stock, Rock and Kington head the Cardinals' Appalachian League all-star contingent for 2009.

Three Johnson City Cardinals players were named to the 15-man 2009 Appalachian League All-Star Team, which was released Tuesday. They are catcher Robert Stock, third baseman Rich Racobaldo and relief pitcher David Kington.

The Cardinals' total ties the league high from any one organization. The short-season circuit does not play an actual All-Star Game.

Stock was the Cardinals' second-round draft pick in 2009 from the University of Southern California: The left-handed batter's current line is .317/.385/.540 in 38 games. The 19-year-old's Appalachian League total includes nine doubles, two triples, six home runs and 22 RBI.

Racobaldo was tearing up Appy League pitchers prior to his August 3 promotion to the Midwest League's Quad Cities River Bandits. He had been named the League's Player of the Week for the period July 13-19.

With Johnson City, "Rock's" line was .415/.476/.602 through 34 games. The 24-year-old right-handed hitter added 11 doubles, four home runs and 26 RBI. Racobaldo joined the organization after having been selected in the 37th round of the 2009 draft from Mt. Olive College of New Jersey.

Technically, Racobaldo tied with Vinnie Catricala of the Pulaski Mariners for the third base spot so both made the team. In the voting, club officials were not allowed to select their own players and coaches.

Kington leads the Appy League with eight saves. The 21-year-old, taken in the 34th round of the 2009 draft from SIU-Carbondale, has 2-1 record with a 3.31 ERA in 19 games. The right-hander is holding opposing hitters to a .169 batting average.

First baseman Curt Smith was the Cardinals' lone All-Star in 2008, but was also named the League's Most Valuable Player.

Johnson City has no league-wide award winners this year as the Danville Braves swept all three top honors. Right-hander Matt Crim is Pitcher of the Year, first baseman Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg is Player of the Year and Paul Runge has been named Manager of the Year.

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