Smith has drawn even with the red-hot Guillermo Heredia for the top spot and put together his stellar outing Tuesday on the strength of a run-scoring double and third-inning three-run home run. Despite an 0-for-2 day on Wednesday against the Dodgers, Smith's line still stands at .324/.343/.647 with three doubles, a triple, two homers, eight RBI, one walk and eight runs over 34 at-bats.
Smith went 2-for-3 with a double and two-run home run in Sunday's 9-2 Cactus League loss to the Angels.
The 25-year-old shortstop continued his hot spring, bringing his slash line to .310/.333/.552 with two doubles, one triple, Sunday's homer, four RBI, a walk and seven runs. Smith has made steady progress through the Mariners' organization, including putting together a .268/.309/.357 line at Triple-A Tacoma in 2016. He's flashed above-average speed and average power thus far in his four minor league stops, and although there doesn't appear to be room on the potential Opening Day roster for him at the moment, he could certainly see his first regular-season MLB action at some point in 2017.
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