With a single to center field Thursday night, Danny Diekroeger extended his current minor league hitting streak to 15 games, the longest hitting streak for Cardinals Short-Season affiliate State College this season.
The former Menlo School and Stanford standout took an 0-for-3 into the sixth inning, but with State College trailing 3-2 produced a bases-loaded single to drive home a pair, giving the Spikes a 4-3 lead. State College went on to score seven runs in the inning and six more in the seventh to win it 14-3.
Diekroeger’s streak surpasses State College’s previous best by Jake Stone, a 14-game streak between July 3-19. Diekroeger is currently hitting .282 with five home runs and 30 RBIs.
Stone is linked to another Stanford alum this season. Although he has since found his footing at State College, he got off to a rough start at Low-A Peoria. The left-handed hitting Stone was assigned to Peoria out of minor league spring camp, but hit just .136 (14 for 103) before being returned to extended spring training. Since joining State College he has hit .259 through 161 at bats.
Stone was supplanted at Peoria by first baseman Justin Ringo. The former Cardinal is currently batting .278 with eight home runs and 39 RBIs through 241 at bats.
The longest hitting streak in State College history came in 2007 when the team was a Pirates affiliate. Brian Friday had an 18-game streak that season.
Diekroeger is one of two brothers currently playing minor league baseball. His older brother Kenny is an infielder in the Kansas City Royals organization.