7/18 Minor League highlights
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, three of the Cubs’ top prospects, all homered Thursday. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa’s 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell’s home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.
Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday’s All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn’t seem to faze them. Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games. And he was playing second base, and Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Baez “looked like an All-Star.”
Bryant, No. 8 on the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied at 31 with Rangers’ No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.
Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A’s.
Baez, Bryant and Russell weren’t the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (No. 6), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (No. 13) all hit long balls as well.