Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

9/1 Minor matters – Monday’s games

* Iowa romped 11-0 over Oklahoma City to finish its season, 74-70. Dae-Eun Rhee tied his career-high with 11 strikeouts over seven shutout innings. David Bote hit a two-run single, and Ryan Kalish and Eli Whiteside each hit two-run doubles. Kalish finished with four hits and three RBIs. Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with an RBI and team-best three runs scored in his final game. Bryant’s 43 home runs on the season lead all of Minor League baseball. He is vying to become the second Cub in the last four years to accomplish that feat. Bryan LaHair hit a Minor League-best 38 in 2011. This is Iowa’s first winning season since 2010.

* Double-A Tennessee closed its season with a 5-1 loss Monday to Chattanooga. Dustin Geiger drove in the Smokies’ only run in the seventh when he drew a bases-loaded walk.

8/29 Bryant to finish season at Iowa

Cubs fans eager to see Kris Bryant in the same lineup as Javier Baez, Jorge Soler, Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro will have to wait. GM manager Jed Hoyer repeated that Bryant, the No. 1 prospect on MLB.com’s top 20 list, will finish his season at Triple-A Iowa and not be one of the players added when big league rosters expand on Monday.

Hoyer would not say which players will be called up. Iowa has four regular season games remaining and has a chance to make the playoffs.

Bryant, 22, batted .355 with 22 home runs and 20 doubles at Double-A Tennessee, and was batting .300 with 21 homers and 14 doubles in 66 games at Iowa. The second player taken overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, he is not on the Cubs’ 40-man roster.

“He’s not on the roster, so right away [if he was called up] that would knock off another player off the roster,” Hoyer said Friday. “We’re going to be really tight with the roster, and we know that. We feel in his first full season, he’s going to get 140 plus games, he’s played exceptionally well — nothing has changed on that front [as far as calling him up].”

The fact that Bryant has done so well in his first year of professional baseball has made Cubs fans giddy about the prospect of seeing the third baseman at Wrigley Field.

“The most impressive thing about his season has been the consistency,” Hoyer said. “The slumps have been really quick. He deserves a lot of credit for being able to make adjustments quickly. I think he’s very level-headed as a person. He doesn’t get too down.

“We’ve never waivered on [the decision to leave him in the Minors],” Hoyer said. “We feel it’s the right thing for him — first full season, not on the roster, and we’ll enjoy the guys we have up here now.”

Are the Cubs hesitating to avoid starting the clock on Bryant’s service time? Hoyer said that wasn’t a factor.

“That’s not the reason or a concern,” he said.

– Carrie Muskat

8/27 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

Tacoma beat Iowa, 5-3, on Tuesday, but the I-Cubs playoff hopes are still alive. Omaha lost Tuesday, but Oklahoma City won to take over sole possession of first in the American Northern Division. With five games left to play, the Cubs are four games behind the RedHawks. The I-Cubs and RedHawks play head-to-head for the final four games of the regular season, starting on Friday night at Principal Park in Des Moines.

On Tuesday, Kris Bryant hit a RBI single in the first, but that was the only run off spot-starter Andrew Carraway through five innings. Carraway (8-5) was a last minute replacement when scheduled starter Erasmo Ramirez was scratched. Dan Straily (7-8) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits, three walks over five innings. He struck out six.

Junior Lake hit a two-run homer in the eighth, and doubled in the sixth. He has scored at least one run in seven straight games. Brian Schlitter worked one scoreless inning in relief and Jeff Antigua finished with two scoreless innings for the I-Cubs.

Dae-Eun Rhee gets the start in the series finale on Wednesday.

8/25 Minor matters – Sunday’s games

Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler both homered but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 5-4, to Tacoma in 14 innings for its ninth loss in the last 10 games. Bryant connected in the first inning with a two-run homer, his 43rd of the season in the Minor Leagues. Soler went 3-for-5 with a solo shot in the seventh. Dallas Beeler started, and threw six shutout innings.

Felix Doubront gave up three earned runs over 4 1/3 innings in Tennessee’s 9-7 loss to Jacksonville. Doubront walked three and struck out five in his rehab start. Addison Russell had two hits, including a two-run home run in the ninth. Pin-Chieh Chen had four hits and Lars Anderson had three.

Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 7-1. Schwarber finished with three RBIs, and was batting .314. Tayler Scott got the win, giving up one run over five innings. Billy McKinney had two hits.

Daury Torrez gave up two unearned runs over five innings in Kane County’s 2-1 loss to Burlington. Carlos Penalver had two hits, including a double.

Boise had the day off, and resumes play Monday against Everett.

Mesa totaled two hits in a 5-1 loss to the Angels.

8/21 Minor matters – Wednesday’s games

Kris Bryant hit his 19th home run but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 11-4, to Reno. Eric Jokisch gave up four earned runs over five innings. Bryant finished with two hits and two RBI. Manny Ramirez hit his second double this season, and Rafael Lopez added a triple. Jokisch’s loss snapped a string of four straight quality starts.

Addison Russell hit his third homer in as many games, a two-run shot in the first, to help Tennessee beat Montgomery, 4-1. Russell is 9-for-23 with three homers in his last five games.

Eduardo Figueroa gave up five runs over four innings in Daytona’s 7-3 loss to Clearwater. Marco Hernandez had two hits and one RBI. Kyle Schwarber extended his hit streak to seven games.

Kane County tied a franchise record for home wins with its 50th as Jeffrey Baez homered in a 7-3 win over Burlington. Baez finished with two hits.

Jake Stinnett struck out four over 2 2/3 innings in Boise’s 4-1 win over Vancouver. Bryant Flete and Mark Malave each singled, doubled and scored twice.

Mesa had Wednesday off, and returns to action Thursday against the D-Backs.

8/19 Bryant 1-for-3 with Iowa

Kris Bryant returned to Triple-A Iowa’s lineup on Tuesday, his first game back since Saturday, and went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk. Bryant was sidelined with a bruise on his left foot, which forced him out of Saturday’s game. He had X-rays Saturday night and an MRI on Sunday, which revealed the contusion. On Monday, Bryant was used as a pinch-hitter and drew a walk, but was lifted for a pinch-runner. Bryant is tied with Rangers prospect and close friend Joey Gallo for first in the Minor Leagues with 40 homers each this season. Bryant was batting .306 with 18 home runs, 13 doubles and 45 RBIs at Iowa. He hit 22 homers at Double-A Tennessee.

8/18 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant did pinch-hit on Monday for Triple-A Iowa, his first game since leaving Saturday’s game with a bruised left foot. He drew a walk in the eighth inning, and then was lifted for a pinch-runner on Monday.

8/17 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant has a contusion on his left foot and his status is day to day. There is no time frame for his return. Bryant apparently fouled a ball off his left foot a few days ago, and aggravated it on Saturday in the first inning when he drew a walk in a game in Des Moines.

– Carrie Muskat

8/17 Kris Bryant update

Kris Bryant was undergoing an MRI on his left big toe on Sunday in Des Moines. Bryant had to come out of Saturday’s game because of some discomfort. He apparently injured his toe a couple days ago, and aggravated it on Saturday. An X-ray taken Saturday was inconclusive.

– Carrie Muskat

8/16 Kris Bryant – UPDATED

Top prospect Kris Bryant left Saturday night’s Triple-A Iowa game in the third inning with a minor foot injury, and was taken to a Des Moines hospital for X-rays, which were inconclusive. A Cubs spokesman said Bryant was to undergo an MRI on his left big toe on Sunday. He apparently aggravated a minor foot injury suffered a few days ago.

– Carrie Muskat

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