Bryant named Southern League Hitter of the Week


(Photo by Stephen Green)

If you polled Southern League pitchers, it’s likely most would agree with Cubs fans that Tennessee Smokies slugger Kris Bryant is due for a call-up to Triple-A. I’m sure they’re looking for any way to get him out of the league.

The 22-year-old Cubs prospect, who continues to put up ridiculous numbers in his first Double-A season, was named Southern League Hitter of the Week for his efforts from May 26 to June 1. It’s the second time the 2013 first-round pick has earned the award this season.

The third baseman recorded a .478/.625/1.217 (AVG/OBP/SLG) slash line over the seven-day span with five homers, two doubles, seven RBI, seven runs scored and nine walks.

Through his first 55 games with the Smokies, Bryant leads the Southern League in nine different offensive categories: 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.

Prior to the 2014 season, Bryant, last year’s number two overall pick out of the University of San Diego, was named the eighth-best prospect in the game by Baseball America and the second-best Cubs farmhand behind only Iowa Cubs shortstop Javier Baez.

This is the third award handed out to a member of the Smokies, as Bryant claimed the accolade from May 5-11 and right-hander Corey Black was named Pitcher of the Week for April 21-27.

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