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Kris Bryant reclaims minors leads with 41st homer

Aug 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was sidelined for a couple days with a foot injury, during which time Rangers prospect Joey Gallo tied him for the minor-league lead with 40 homers, but Bryant is back in the Triple-A Iowa lineup and smacked his minors-leading 41st homer yesterday.

I’ll post the 41st homer video below, but first a little factoid: According to MLB.com the last minor leaguer with more than 41 homers in a season was Dallas McPherson of the Marlins with 42 at Triple-A in 2008.

In addition to the 41 homers in 127 games Bryant is also hitting .336 with 34 doubles, 78 walks, and 15 steals. Oh, and a 1.128 OPS.

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  1. koufaxmitzvah - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Does he sit on a high chair?

    • renaado - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

      Guy’s probably 6 foot 5, not to mention he has a face like some hollywood stars you’ve seen in tv.

  2. jeffbbf - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:15 AM

    Why is Manny Ramirez stealing at-bats from Cub prospects?

    • longfootlefty - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      He’s not.

  3. kastout11 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    The guy is a stud and continues to rake. I can’t wait until next April to see this guy at the MLB level.

    • digbysellers - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:46 PM

      Agreed. I saw him a few weeks ago and he went yard with as little effort as I’ve ever seen. From everything I’ve watched of him, he’s got nothing left to prove at AAA anymore.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        I think there’s some validity to keeping him in AAA so he can continue to improve his defense at 3B, as it seems like they are going to try to have him stick there in the bigs rather than put him in the OF immediately.

        But yeah, his bat was ready when he was in AA ball, and more than ready now.

    • bolweevils2 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:59 PM

      Maybe, but you could read the part about Dallas McPherson being the last to do it as a cautionary tale. It doesn’t always translate to big league success.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        You could look up Dallas McPherson and see that he spent 3 years and almost 400 PA’s with the Angels from ’04-’06 before missing all of ’07 after back surgery, and that his 42 HR’s came during the ’08 season…..and if you did that, you’d realize the comparison between the two regarding where they are/were in their respective careers is non-existent.

  4. sportsfan18 - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    so sad he isn’t yet good enough to be called up…

    they’re saying a bit of money is more valuable than having him up there…

    and they are only delaying dealing with Boras, not avoiding it completely…

    all players only have so much time until they, as individuals begin to slow down and no longer may play the game. yes, Bryant is young, but days that he could be productive for the big club are being wasted in the minors.

    if a player is in between and you want to save money and keep them down… that’s one thing.

    no guarantee this guy will be a star in the bigs but there is no reason to keep him down at this point.

    save your money elsewhere, with other players. SOME things ARE worth the money in life…

    • longfootlefty - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      There are many reasons not to call him up this year.
      – Nothing he would do at the big league level would help the big league club this year.
      – No reason to start his service clock in a wasted season and risk losing him to free agency a year sooner.
      – His bat is clearly ready, but his defense at 3B could still use some polish.

      You can continue to ignore these things, but I’m happy that the Cubs front office isn’t. There’s no reason to bring him up just to try to make a few rabid fans happy. That’s definitely not worth the money, because those rabid fans are never happy.

      • bolweevils2 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Thing is, once you get to next spring, then you’re tempted to wait until June to get one more year out of him before free agency.

      • longfootlefty - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        Even if that temptation is true (which I don’t believe it is in this case)….June+July+August+September in 2015 >>> September in 2014

    • zebbers - Aug 21, 2014 at 9:24 PM

      Kris himself said he wanted to work on some holes in his swing so I imagine he wants to get that worked out before he debuts for good.

  5. tn16 - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    This guy could join mike trout as the next face of the MLB, if this kid can show power like he is on the MLB and not have any steroid mishaps. Cubs should be pretty exited about this guy

  6. ptbakery - Aug 21, 2014 at 2:48 PM

    As a future Cub, he’ll probably have a stellar career like McPherson. A third base failure from the Cub system, where have I heard that before?

    • danth724 - Aug 21, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Dallas McPherson was not in the cubs system he was at least 4 years and multiple injuries into his career when he hit 42. Bryant is young and looks to be a special talent at the plate. I think it’s more useful to get him at bats vs professional pitching while it doesn’t matter as much. It takes a lot of pressure off and major league experience is far more valuable than minor leagues where he’s clearly better than the pitchers he’s facing.

  7. brewcrewchamps - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:39 PM

    What ever happened to mcpherson? Dude got some crazy bad back problems right?

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