“We were very excited when Marquez joined the team this year,” said Manager Jeff Scott. “We were disappointed when he left for Mexico but we understood and after his return, he played outstanding. We wish him all the best and I expect to see him playing Triple-A ball soon.”
Smith played in 23 games for the Riversharks and was leading the team in batting average (.363) before he was signed. In addition, he hit three homeruns and had 20 RBIs. He hit a grand slam in his final at bat as a Rivershark.
Smith was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007 and is the second Riversharks player to be signed by a Major League affiliate this week. Pitcher Jason Bergmann was picked up by the Colorado Rockies two days prior.