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Two former Rivets in MiLB finals

Two former Rockford Rivets now in professional baseball are both in minor-league finals this week.

Chicago White Sox farmhand David Cronin, who led the Rivets in hitting last season, is in the Advanced Rookie-level Pioneer League championship series with the Great Falls Voyagers. Oakland minor-leaguer Hunter Hargrove, who led Rockford in the other two Triple Crown categories in 2016, is in the short-season Class A New York Penn League finals with the Vermont Lake Monsters.

Cronin doubled in a run in and scored another in a 1-for-4 performance on Monday as the Voyagers won, 8-5, at Missoula to complete a two-game series sweep. Cronin was 2-for-7 in the first-round matchup. Great Falls will play Thursday at Ogden in the best-of-three league finals.

Cronin, a second baseman from the University of Illinois – Chicago, was Chicago’s 20th-round pick in the June draft. He hit .286 with no home runs and 18 RBI in 39 professional games during the regular season.

Hargrove, who hit .266 with a home run and 20 RBI in 37 games at two levels in the Oakland system this summer, did not appear in Vermont’s series win over Mahoning Valley in the NYP League’s first round. The Lake Monsters shut out the Scrappers, 1-0, at Mahoning Valley on Monday to complete a two-game sweep. Vermont’s LCS opponent has not yet been determined.

Hargrove, who played for Texas Tech in the 2016 College World Series and won co-Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors in 2017, went to the A’s in the 25th round of this year’s draft.