7/6 Bryant, Paniagua honored
The Cubs named Triple-A Iowa third baseman Kris Bryant and Class A Kane County right-handed pitcher Juan Paniagua the team’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.
Bryant, 22, combined to hit .354 (34-for-96) with 24 runs, eight doubles, 11 home runs and 27 RBI in 26 games between Double-A Tennessee and Iowa. He walked 17 times to contribute to a .447 on-base percentage, and compiled a .781 slugging percentage to produce a 1.228 OPS. He twice homered in three-straight games, June 7-9 with Tennessee and June 22-24 with Iowa, including a multi-homer game, June 22 against Albuquerque.
Bryant’s 11 home runs in June led all of Minor League baseball while his 19 extra-base hits tied for second and 27 RBI tied for third. Bryant’s .781 slugging mark and 1.228 OPS were third among all full-season Minor League players. He began June with a .373 average (19-for-51) in 14 games for Tennessee prior to winning the Double-A home run derby and participating in the Southern League’s All-Star Game. He was then promoted to the Triple-A level and homered in his first game with Iowa, June 19 against El Paso.
Paniagua, 24, posted a 0.89 ERA (2 ER/20 1/3 IP) and a 3-0 record in four games (three starts) for Kane County in June. He gave up four runs (two earned), walked five and struck out 26 for an average of 11.5 strikeouts per nine innings. Paniagua surrendered one home run and limited opponents to a .194 batting average (14-for-72). He recorded consecutive starts of six scoreless innings, June 7 vs. Cedar Rapids and June 12 at Peoria.
Paniagua this season is 5-3 with one save and a 2.97 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) for Kane County. He has walked 33 and struck out 65 in 69 2/3 innings, holding the opposition to a .227 batting average.