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Prospect Update: Kris Bryant Hits 30th Home Run

July 8th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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Remember when everyone was a bit nervous about Kris Bryant’s first week with the Iowa Cubs. He got off to a slow start (aside from hitting home runs) hitting about .217 and was striking out A LOT. Well, I think it’s safe say that Bryant has figured it out. He hit his 30th home run of the summer on Sunday and has raised his average at AAA to a robust .357 thanks to his current hot streak (hitting .405 in his last 10 games).

 

Team

Games

.ave

.obp

HR

RBI

Tennessee (AA)

68

.355

.458

22

58

Iowa (AAA)

19

.357

.423

8

22

 

Through his first 19 games in AAA Kris Bryant has had no trouble reproducing the success that he had at AA. In fact, his performance has been so good that it has the potential to outshine Javier Baez’s breakout 2013 campaign in which he hit 17 home runs in 76 games at A+ Daytona and 20 home runs in 54 games at AA Tennessee. Comparing the two together right now; Baez hit .282 with 37 home runs on the summer and Bryant is hitting .355 with 30 home runs with most of the second half still to come. Also, Bryant is dominating AA and AAA as opposed to Baez who had success at A+ and AA.

It is still premature, as Bryant is only 19 games into his AAA career, but he looks like he’s about as major-league-ready as anybody. It remains to be seen if he will be a September call-up but Cubs fans everywhere are starting to get a little giddy at that thought of him pummeling Waveland Avenue with home run balls.

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Tags: Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Iowa Cubs, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, MLB, september call-up

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