Curt Smith: Appy League Player of the Year

Curt Smith: Appy League Player of the Year

Just-promoted first baseman Curt Smith, then of the Johnson City Cardinals, is the Appalachian League's 2008 Player of the Year.

On Friday, the Appalachian League announced the winners of the voting for their 2008 post-season All-Star Team, consisting of 11 position players and three pitchers. The St. Louis Cardinals affiliate, the Johnson City Cardinals, were represented by first baseman Curt Smith.

Not only did Smith make the team, he was named the league's Player of the Year, his second such award of the season.

The Cardinals 39th round draft pick this June from the University of Maine was promoted to the Quad Cities of the Midwest League just two days ago after hitting .378 with 14 doubles, eight home runs and 49 RBI in just 47 games with Johnson City.

Smith leads the rookie-level Appy league in batting average and was tied for tops in both RBI and on base percentage (.418) and third in slugging (.585).

Previously, the 21-year-old was also named the 2008 America East Conference Player of the Year, after leading the conference in average (.403), slugging (.722), runs (60), and total bases (127). With Maine this spring, Smith batted .403 with 17 doubles, 11 home runs and 37 RBI and added a dozen stolen bases.

The right-handed hitter left Maine as the school's all-time leader in triples (19), second in hits (300), third in doubles (66), and tied for third in RBI (178). Overall, the native of the Dutch Antilles hit .371 with 27 home runs, 199 runs scored and 50 steals over his four-year college career (211 games).

Elizabethon Twins left-handed pitcher Dan Osterbrock was selected as the league's Pitcher of the Year while Pulaski's Rob Mummau was named Manager of the Year.

In the voting, team officials were not allowed to select their own club's players and coaches.



Brian Walton can be reached via email at brwalton@earthlink.net.

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