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The Killer B’s are Heating Up

July 1st, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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The Killer B’s nickname was made famous by the Houston Astros of the early 2000’s but it looks like it may be the Chicago Cubs who take on that nickname going forward. Cubs’ top prospects Javier Baez and Kris Bryant are both tearing up AAA and hope to be doing the same in the majors real soon.

Despite getting off to slow starts for the Iowa Cubs, both Bryant and Baez have really turned it up as of late. Take a look at what they have done in their last ten games:








Javier Baez






Kris Bryant







Javier Baez has been known to put together a strong second half, and after the start he had this season, he needs one. Baez struggled mightily the first month and a half of the season but his recent hot streak shows that he is making the necessary adjustments. On the year Baez is now hitting .239 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 14 stolen bases.

Kris Bryant’s story is a bit different as he dominated AA in the first half of the season and only recently received a promotion to AAA. And when he got to Iowa Bryant’s first five hits were all home runs. The only problem was that was all he was doing. But Bryant, too, is showing he can make adjustments as his current hot streak has raised his average nearly .100 points. He is now hitting .317 with five home runs through 11 games with the Iowa Cubs.

This tandem is making great progress and it would be shocking if we don’t see this pair in Chicago in September (regardless of what Theo Epstein has said). 

All great baseball stories start in a field in Iowa and this one is no different. It’s only a matter of time before the left side of the Iowa Cubs infield is dominating big league pitching.

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Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Iowa Cubs, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, MLB

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