6/9 Bryant wins league weekly honors
For the second straight week and third time this season, Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was named the Southern League player of the week. Bryant, 22, batted .417 (10-for-24) last week with Double-A Tennessee with seven runs, three doubles, three home runs, five RBIs and six walks. He compiled a .533 on-base percentage and .917 slugging percentage in that stretch.
Entering Monday’s game, Bryant led the league in 10 categories, including the three Triple Crown statistics. He was batting .356 overall with 21 home runs and 54 RBIs in 62 games with the Smokies. The second pick overall in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, Bryant leads all Minor Leaguers in extra-base hits (39) and total bases (161), and was tied for first in home runs.
Fans may be eager to see Bryant in the big leagues but Cubs manager Rick Renteria said nobody’s asked him about when that might be. Well, almost nobody.
“Where do I hear it? I hear it from you guys,” Renteria said of the media. “I hear it more from you guys than anybody else.”
— Carrie Muskat