3B Bryant, RHP Johnson named Minor League Player, Pitcher of the Month

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Kris Bryant was named the organization’s Minor League Player of the Month for August. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Kris Bryant, the second-overall pick of the 2013 draft, and Pierce Johnson, a 2012 sandwich pick, were named the organization’s Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month, respectively, on Tuesday afternoon.

After hitting 31 homers at the University of San Diego in his junior year, Bryant split time between Short-Season Boise and High-A Daytona in 2013. In August, he totaled a .381/.438/.762 line with seven homers and 21 RBI in 24 games between the two levels. The 21-year-old third baseman also posted a 1.199 OPS that was the second-highest in all of minor league baseball. He was named the Northwest League Player of the Week for the week of Aug. 5-11 and then was the Florida State League Player of the Week the following week.

The right-handed Johnson went 3-0 with a 1.02 ERA in three August starts for Daytona, fanning 22 over 17.2 innings. The 22-year-old is 11-6 on the year with a 2.74 ERA between Kane County and the D-Cubs. He’s struck out 124 batters over 118.1 innings. Johnson’s 11 victories are tied for second most among Cubs minor league pitchers, trailing only Triple-A Iowa’s Kyle Hendricks (13).

Below are the previous award recipients from this season:

April—IF Rock Shoulders, LHP Eric Jokisch
May—IF Dustin Geiger, RHP Kyle Hendricks
June—IF Javier Baez, LHP Chris Rusin
July—IF Dan Vogelbach, RHP Matt Loosen

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