Cronenworth selected for all-star game

Cronenworth selected for all-star game


Cronenworth selected for all-star game


Jake Cronenworth has transitioned well into professional baseball.

The 2012 St. Clair graduate is enjoying a tremendous rookie season with the Hudson Valley Renegades of the Class A Short Season New York/Penn League, and was recently rewarded for it, as he was selected to the league’s All-Star game, which will be played Aug. 18 in Aberdeen, Maryland.

“I was excited,” Cronenworth said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity and honor to be selected for it. The best players in the league are considered for it, so it’s an honor to be picked.”

Cronenworth, who was drafted in the seventh round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays, is playing second base and shortstop for the Renegades. Through Wednesday night’s action, he’s hitting .298 with an on-base percentage of .421 and an OPS (on-base plus slugging) of .837.

He has one home run, 10 doubles, three triples, 12 RBI, 25 runs scored and 10 stolen bases through 43 games.

Cronenworth wasted little time getting accustomed to professional ball, as he opened his season with a five-game hit streak.

“It’s a little different, obviously the pitching is better,” he said. “I think getting adjusted to that, seeing (the equivalent of a collegiate No. 1) starter every day is a big of an adjustment. But once you get used to it, it’s just going out and playing baseball.”

Another adjustment for Cronenworth is playing essentially one position. He plays second four out of five games and shortstop in the fifth. At the University of Michigan, he played all over the field, including at pitcher.

“It’s been nice,” he said. “I’ve been able to focus more on my fielding and have gotten better at that. I didn’t really have much time in college to focus on one single position. Being able to do that here I think will help me in the long run.”

The regular season has less than a month remaining, and a strong finish could help move Cronenworth up through the organization.

“You (think about it) a little bit, and you kind of have an idea of what the next step is and what it takes to get to the next level,” he said. “But obviously I’m focused on playing so I can get to that next step. So I see it a little bit, but I try not to think about it too much.”


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