Smith streaking for Tampa affiliate
Former Rivets outfielder Michael Smith is on a five-game hitting streak for the Princeton Rays in the Advanced Rookie-level Appalachian League. Smith was 1-for-4, drove in a run and scored a run out of the leadoff spot on Wednesday in the Rays' 6-2 win over the visiting Greeneville Astros.
Smith is hitting .267 with 10 RBI in 30 games since Tampa promoted him from the Gulf Coast League. The Rays made Smith, who played for the Rivets last season, their 18th-round pick in JUne. He played junior-college ball at San Jacinto (Texas).
In the Advanced Rookie Pioneer League, Great Falls second baseman David Cronin is in a hot stretch as well. Cronin is hitting .382 (13-for-34) over his last 10 games. On Wednesday, Cronin was 2-for-3 with three RBI, stole a base and scored a run in the Voyagers' 15-13 loss to the visiting Helena Brewers.
Cronin is hitting .297 with 10 RBI in 21 games since he was promoted from the Arizona League by the Chicago White Sox. The White Sox drafted Cronin out of Illinois-Chicago in the 20th round in June. Last summer, he led the RIvets in batting.
The 2016 Rivets leader in the other two Triple Crown categories is in the short-season Class A New York-Penn League. Vermont first baseman Hunter Hargrove is in a bit of a slump, with a .163 (7-for-43) average over his last 11 games.
Hargove struck out twice and was hitless in three at-bats Wednesday in the Lake Monsters' 3-0 loss at Brooklyn. He's batting .212 with a home run and six RBI in 17 games since the Oakland Athletics promoted him from the Arizona League. The A's took the Texas Tech product in the 25th round in June.