After destroying Double-A pitching, Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant was summoned up to Triple-A last week and he hasn't cooled down his homer-hitting ways.
Bryant, 22, the second pick in the 2013 draft, has played in six games thus far for the Iowa Cubs. He has five hits and they're all home runs. He's hitting .238 and has nine strikeouts otherwise, but when Bryant hits the ball well, watch out. Here's an opposite-field, three-run homer he hit Tuesday:
In Double-A this season, Bryant hit 22 homers with 58 RBIs in 68 games, slashing .355/.458/.702. For context, there are only two players in MLB (Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Abreu) who have a slugging percentage better than .600.
Here's what Bryant's minor-league career looks like thus far, since being drafted last June out of the University of San Diego:
Kris Bryant through 110 career minor league games (467 PA, 397 AB): 136 H, 72 XBH, 36 HR, 99 RBI, 57 BB. #Cubs— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) June 24, 2014
Along with shortstop Javier Baez (11 homers and 43 RBIs in Triple-A in 2014), the Cubs' future looks plenty bright on the left side of the infield. Both Baez and Bryant were named Tuesday to the MLB Futures Game, part of the league's All-Star festivities next month.
Despite Bryant's success, the Cubs remain adamant that they won't bring him up this season. You'll have to wait just a little bit longer, Cubs fans.
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