Jose Altuve, who played second base for the Greeneville Astros until his promotion to the Tri-City Valleycats earlier this month, has been named to the 2009 Appalachian League All-Star Team.
The league announced the 2009 All-Star Team Tuesday along with the Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year, and Manager of the Year. The team features players from eight of the ten teams in the league with the Danville Braves, Johnson City Cardinals and Pulaski Mariners tying for the most All-Stars with three each.
Altuve became the first Greeneville member named to the team since 2006.
Altuve was moved up to the Class A Tri-City ValleyCats on August 11th. At the time of his departure, Altuve was hitting .324 and leading the Appalachian League in stolen bases with 21, doubles with 20, extra base hits with 25 and runs scored with 45.
Meanwhile, the Danville Braves swept the top honors with Player of the Year in Riann Spanjer-Furstenburg, Pitcher of the Year Matt Crim, and Manager of the Year Paul Runge.
Here is the Appalachian League 2009 All-Star Team:
C -- Robert Stock - Johnson City Cardinals
1B -- Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg - Danville Braves
2B -- Jose Altuve - Greeneville Astros
*3B -- Rich Racobaldo - Johnson City Cardinals
*3B -- Vinnie Catricala - Pulaski Mariners
SS -- Brian Dozier - Elizabethton Twins
U-INF -- Gabriel Noriega - Pulaski Mariners
OF -- Brady Shoemaker - Bristol White Sox
OF -- Cody Rogers - Princeton Rays
OF -- Cory Harrilchak - Danville Braves
U-OF -- Brandon Haveman - Pulaski Mariners
DH -- Josmir Pinto - Elizabethton Twins
RHP -- Vito Frabizio - Bluefield Orioles
LHP -- Matt Crim - Danville Braves
RELIEF P -- David Kington - Johnson City Cardinals
* - Tied
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Riaan Spanjer-Furstenburg - Danville Braves
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Matt Crim - Danville Braves
MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Paul Runge - Danville Braves
TRAINER OF THE YEAR: Cory Barton - Bristol White Sox
(As announced by Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society)