Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

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

6/9 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Dallas Beeler threw seven shutout innings to help Iowa post a 3-0 win over Colorado Springs. Javier Baez had two hits and drove in his 29th run, and Zac Rosscup pitched a scoreless eighth in the second game of his rehab assignment. Blake Parker picked up his 13th save.

Kris Bryant hit his 21st home run, tops in the Southern League, and Dustin Geiger hit his eighth but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 6-5, to Jacksonville. Bryant is batting .356 and leads the league with 54 RBIs.

Clearwater scored five runs in the seventh to beat Daytona, 8-7. Albert Almora, Gioskar Amaya and Marco Hernandez each had two RBIs.

Ben Carhart had three hits and scored a run in Kane County’s 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids. Paul Blackburn took the loss, giving up two earned runs over five innings.

6/8 MInor matters

Javier Baez hit a RBI single in the third but that was all Iowa could manage in a 5-1 loss to Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch gave up three runs over seven innings, striking out six, and took the loss. In his first rehab appearance, Zac Rosscup struck out two in one inning.

Kris Bryant hit his 20th home run and Charlie Cutler hit his second and drove in three runs to lead Tennessee to a 5-0 win over Jacksonville. Dae-Eun Rhee threw seven shutout innings for the win.

Nathan Dorris gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 8-0 loss to Clearwater. Bijan Rademacher singled, and now has hit in eight of his last nine games.

Juan Paniagua threw six shutout innings in Kane County’s 5-2 win over Cedar Rapids. With the win, Kane County clinched the first-half Western Division championship. Ben Carhart hit his first home run.

6/4 Bryant, Blackburn honored

The Cubs named Double-A Tennessee’s Kris Bryant and Class A Kane County’s Paul Blackburn the organization’s Minor League player and pitcher of the month for May, respectively.

Bryant, 22, led the Southern League with a .407 batting average, 30 runs, seven doubles, 12 home runs, 34 RBIs and 17 walks in 29 May games. He also led the league with an OPS of 1.298, including an on-base percentage of .492 and a slugging percentage of .806. The third baseman had multiple hits in 14 of 29 games, including a pair of four-hit games. Twice in the month he was named the league’s player of the week. The second overall pick in last year’s First-Year Player Draft, Bryant was named to the Southern League All-Star team on Tuesday.

Blackburn, 20, went 3-0 with a 1.88 ERA in five May starts for Kane County, walking five and striking out 26. He held opponents to one or no runs in four of his five outings. A sandwich round pick in the 2012 Draft, Blackburn is 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA, 43 strikeouts and 10 walks in 10 starts this season.

6/3 Bryant will stay at Tennessee

Kris Bryant has done everything the Cubs have asked him to do at Double-A Tennessee but GM Jed Hoyer said they want the third baseman to stay at that level for now. Bryant is challenging for the Southern League triple crown, leading in batting average (.351), home runs (18), and RBIs (49).

“Looking at his stats for the month of May, it’s fun to see a guy put up that kind of month,” Hoyer said of Bryant, who batted ..407 last month with 12 homers and 34 RBIs in 29 games. “We tell every prospect to go dominate, and he’s obviously doing that. We want to see it for a little longer. It’s only been two months at that level.”

Last season, Bryant split time between short-season Boise and high Class A Daytona, and combined to bat .336 with nine homers, 14 doubles and 32 RBIs in 36 games. He then played in the Arizona Fall League, and was named Most Valuable Player.

“Everything, from defense to base running to what he’s done offensively, he’s everything we hoped for and hopefully he’ll keep it up,” Hoyer said.

Bryant was one of six players at Tennessee named to the Southern League All-Star team.

– Carrie Muskat

6/3 Minor matters – Monday’s games

Dallas Beeler gave up three runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 4-1 loss to Nashville. Chris Valaika and Beeler each had two hits.

Kris Bryant posted his 20th multi-hit game but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 10-5, to Birmingham. Dustin Geiger, Charles Cutler and Anthony Giansanti each had multi-hit games.

Daytona ended a five-game losing streak, beating St. Lucie, 3-1. Nathan Dorris picked up the win, giving up one run over 6 2/3 innings.

Jacob Hannemann had three hits and two RBIs in Kane County’s 5-3 loss to Peoria. Duane Underwood took the loss, giving up one earned run over five innings.

6/2 Bryant named hitter of the week

Kris Bryant was named the Southern League’s hitter of the week for May 26-June 1. It’s the second time the 22-year-old third baseman has won the weekly honor. In that seven-game span with Double-A Tennessee, Bryant posted a .478 average (11-for-23), scored seven runs, and hit two doubles, five homers, and drove in seven runs. He leads the Southern League in batting average, home runs and walks, and is first in on-base percentage (.625), slugging percentage (1.217), OPS (1.842), extra-base hits (seven) and total bases (28).

Through his first 55 games this season with the Smokies, Bryant paces the Southern League in nine different offensive categories, including all three Triple Crown statistics. Entering play today, he is first in batting average (.348), home runs (18), RBI (49), runs scored (48), hits (70), on-base percentage (.452), slugging percentage (.692), total bases (139) and extra-base hits. He also ranks in the top three in total bases (first), extra-base hits (tied for first), roundtrippers (third), RBI (third), slugging percentage (third) and on-base plus slugging (second).

6/1 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Eric Jokisch gave up two hits over six innings and Christian Villanueva hit a two-run homer and Brett Jackson added a solo shot to lift Iowa to a 5-2 win over Nashville. Top prospect Javier Baez left this game in the bottom of the sixth. He was hit by a pitch on the right hand/wrist/forearm area in the third, and stayed in the game, stealing second and third base. He slid head-first both times. Baez made a throwing error trying to turn a double play in the fifth that led to Nashville’s only run off Jokisch. Baez was called out on strikes for the first out in the sixth, and didn’t return on defense in the bottom of the inning.

Kris Bryant hit his Southern League-leading 18th home run and drove in three runs to stretch his top league mark to 49 RBI in Tennessee’s 4-3 loss to Birmingham Sunday. Bryant now leads the Southern League in nine offensive categories, including all the Triple Crown statistics with a .350 average, 18 homers, and 49 RBI. He also ranks third among all Minor Leaguers in home runs. It was also the seventh opposite field homer for Bryant, who hit a 2-1 pitch over the right-center field wall to give the Smokies a 2-1 lead in the first.

Daytona totaled four singles in a 6-0 loss to St. Lucie. Tayler Scott gave up one earned run on six hits over 5 1/3 innings. It’s the fifth time he’s given up one or fewer runs in 11 starts.

Justin Amlung threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings in Kane County’s 2-0 win over Peoria. Amlung struck out eight and gave up four hits. Jordan Hankins had two hits, including a double.

6/1 Minor matters

Chris Rusin gave up two runs over seven innings in Iowa’s 2-1 loss to Nashville. Brett Jackson had two of Iowa’s four hits in the game, including a seventh inning triple. It was Rusin’s seventh quality start.

Birmingham scored on a wild pitch by Hunter Cervenka in the top of the ninth to beat Tennessee 2-1. Kris Bryant had two hits, including his 15th double. He finished the month of May batting .407 with 30 runs, seven doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBI in 29 games with a .806 slugging percentage. Joel Pineiro started, and gave up one run over seven innings but did not get a decision. Dustin Geiger hit a RBI double for his 16th RBI.

Daytona lost its fourth in a row, 4-3, to St. Lucie. Felix Pena gave up one hit over five scoreless innings. Albert Almora had two hits, including a double, and one RBI.

Peoria scored two runs in the seventh and three in the eighth to beat Kane County, 5-3. Carlos Penalver hit his first home run. Four players had two hits, including Yasiel Balaguert and Cael Brockmeyer.

5/31 Minor matters — Friday’s games

Arismendy Alcantara hit a pair of home runs to lead Iowa to a 6-4 win over Memphis. The teams waited through a 4 hour 11 minute rain delay before starting. The delay didn’t disrupt Cubs’ leadoff man Ryan Kalish. He hit the second pitch of the game from Redbirds’ starter Zach Petrick for a home run. It was his first hit since joining Iowa on tuesday. Alcantara hit a three-run homer in the third. Alcantara hit his second blast in the top of the seventh. It was his first career multi-homer game and he is tied with Javier Baez for the team lead with seven homers. Scott Moore homered off Iowa starter Kyle Hendricks, the first he’s served up in 60 innings this season.

Kris Bryant hit his Southern League-leading 17th home run but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee lost, 5-1, to Huntsville. Bryant led off the ninth with his homer, his third in as many games. He has homered in four of his last five games, and was batting .404 in 28 May games with 29 runs, six doubles, 12 home runs and 34 RBIs.

Rob Zastryzny gave up five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 7-2 loss to Palm Beach. Wilson Contreras had two hits and his 12th RBis of the year.

Jacob Rogers hit a three-run homer to help Kane County beat Clinton, 4-1. Daury Torrez picked up the win, giving up one run over five innings. James Pugliese struck out five over three scoreless innings of relief.


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