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Cubs prospect Kris Bryant hits walk-off blast for 40th homer

Aug 15, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Kris Bryant’s incredible season continued last night, as the Cubs prospect hit his minors-leading 40th home run and it was a 12th-inning walk-off bomb on “Kris Bryant jersey t-shirt night” at Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant joins Rangers prospect Joey Gallo last season as the only minor leaguers to reach 40 homers during the past five seasons and between Double-A and Triple-A the 22-year-old third baseman is now hitting .336 with 40 homers, 33 doubles, 74 walks, 15 steals, and a 1.126 OPS in 122 games.

That includes .313 with 18 homers and 13 doubles in 54 games since a midseason promotion to Triple-A, which is good for a 1.083 OPS that would lead the entire Pacific Coast League if he had enough games to qualify.

And here’s the video of his walk-off homer, via

  1. cueghost - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    Bring him up! Go Cubs!!!

  2. stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Why is this kid not with the big club?
    Is there an issue with him not having a spot to play everyday?
    It’s the only thing I can think off that would prevent them from moving him up.
    If so…create a damn spot. He needs to be playing for the Cubs…NOW.

    • longfootlefty - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Why? He’s not going to single-handedly make the Cubs playoff contenders this year, so there’s no reason to start his service clock now.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        “Signlehandedly” goes out the window when you realize Baez, alcanterra, and soon Soler will also be up. Also, they have some guy named Anthony Rizzo.

        besides that, its not about contending this year. That ship has sailed and sunk. Its more about getting him used to big league pitching and adjustments as opposed to letting him continue to destroy clearly inferior competition. Beating up on AAA pitchers the way he is wont make him progress. If anything, it coul hinder his development by makighim too comfortable by it being too easy

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Because the kid is obviously ready.
        What more can he do to prove that?

      • longfootlefty - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        For some players, that adjustment period matters a lot. For other players, it means nothing. I think Bryant’s in that second group.

        It’s not about anything he might do in the lineup for a few weeks this season, it’s about having an extra full season of him in the lineup in the future.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        “Ready” isn’t the end-all of the discussion. For that matter, he didn’t even need to prove anything in AAA, he had done enough in AA. There’s simply more that goes into the decision than his stats.

    • delusionalcubsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Theo and Jed have a plan and they’re sticking to it. This guy hasn’t even played a full season in the minors and they want him to have that experience. I agree with what many others have mentioned: it’s not going to help the team a bit this year. Also, he probably doesn’t need the month or two in the majors to make adjustments like Alcantara and Baez do.

      Bryant is totally ready, you people are saying that are correct. But service time matters. His agent is Scott Boras and that makes a big difference. Boras clients almost always don’t resign with their team. That means that once you call Bryant up, the clock until he leaves as a free agent starts ticking. No reason to waste a minute of it calling him up now. Bryant will be here soon. Just enjoy Baez Mania and be patient for a little longer.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:56 PM

        I hear what you are saying with regards to the service time (as well as BorAss being his agent). I just look forward to seeing the kid play. Gonna’ be a solid MLB for a long time. Or so it seems.

    • timberwolvesbrisin - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:09 PM

      That’s why your commenting on a wesite, not the GM.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:55 PM

        Thank you Mr. Obvious.

  3. fthrvic - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Major League talent will find its way to the Major Leagues. I’m not opposed to a Sept. call-up but he’ll be competing for the starting job next year in Spring Training either way

  4. stlouis1baseball - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    On point Jerze. Destroying inferior competition ultimately becomes a hindrance.
    I look forward to seeing him play everyday. Be it this year…or next. He is clearly ready.
    Dude is a stud.

  5. icanspeel - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    I’ll be shocked if they don’t call him up September 1st.

    • chadfa - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:51 PM

      From what I have read they won’t call him up no matter what. He’s not currently on the 40-man roster and they don’t want to add him so they can keep their flexibility to make moves in the offseason. It makes a little sense, but I still don’t agree with it either.

    • jdd428 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      Earliest he’ll be up is Opening Day 2015. More likely, it will be after the Super 2 deadline. (Mid-May?)

  6. bigmeechy74 - Aug 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    And he is handsome. A marketer’s dream

    • delusionalcubsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:37 PM

      Easily should become the new face of the franchise.

  7. kastout11 - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    He wll not be brought up because he will be eligible for free agency a year earlier if they bring him up this year, and because he is a Scott Boras client, they are in no hurry to deal with Boras any earlier than they have to. Clearly, he is as ready as anyone else in the minors, and he is more ready then Baez was, but they have a legitimate reason why he has not been brought up yet.

  8. jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Cubs need him.. their future savior Javier Baez hasn’t drawn a walk in 10 big league games and boasts a .244 OBP.

    • delusionalcubsfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:39 PM

      Wow, 10 games in the majors, they should just declare him a bust!

      Through first 10 career games:
      Javier Baez: .244 AVG, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 17 K
      Giancarlo Stanton: .231 AVG, 0 HR, 8 RBI, 17 K

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:22 PM

        I will never waste an opportunity to troll the Cubs, even if it isn’t steeped in “facts” or marginally decent sample sizes.

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:25 PM

        That being said..

        I feel like I’m the only one who looks at Baez’s Fangraphs and sees something terribly wrong with how he is being projected.

        A 30% K rate in Triple A? I feel like that’s just gong to make for an insane run of strikeouts in the bigs. He’s like Adam Dunn minus walks plus useful posiion. Anyway, go White Sox.

      • erbaodai - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:14 PM

        Baez’s K% in deflated by a horrible start as he tries to figure out Triple-A pitching. He had a K% in the low 20% in his last 40 games.

    • ngsm31 - Aug 15, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      “I will never waste an opportunity to troll the Cubs, even if it isn’t steeped in “facts” or marginally decent sample sizes.”

      Oh, ya, what a way to save your ass. “Oh I was just trolling guys, I was just trolling!”. DCF had you so busted up you even felt the need to write an extra comment to save face. Pathetic.

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:32 PM

        Oh lighten up. I believe its called bustin chops!

      • jlovenotjlo - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:35 PM

        And I always do double comments! See?

        So.. having a bad day? Talk to me about it. I for one can’t wait for the clock to strike 4 PM.

  9. shorttracknews - Aug 15, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Bottom line, and you can say what you want but we won’t see him in Chicago until next May at the earliest

  10. rosloe62 - Aug 15, 2014 at 4:26 PM

    Bryant is in beast mode! Hello 2015.

  11. erbaodai - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    Middle finger to Scott Bor@$$.

  12. Rick - Aug 16, 2014 at 9:29 AM

    Trevor Plouffe is my 3rd baseman. Call him up NOW, Theo.


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