Every now and then it seems there are players who can just hit. No matter what level, or the competition, they get it done.
After a great showing in the Arizona Fall League, Bryant has continued to impress at the plate. In 29 games in May, he has hit .407/.492/.806. Add to those numbers a 1.298 OPS, 12 HRs, 34 RBIs, 30 runs and two steals and it’s not hard to see why Bryant claimed the honor.
As you might expect he also garnered the honor for top hitting prospect of the week for the final seven days in May. He connected for five home runs and knocked in seven while hitting 11-for-23.
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The biggest concern for Bryant is still the amount of strikeouts, but with the Cubs not in contention, there’s no reason to rush him, allowing him to work on it at Double-A Tennessee. It should be mentioned while the strikeout number is high, he does take his share of walks. Bryant has 34 walks to go along with the 65 whiffs. The gap between those two could be worse.
As of now, Bryant leads in all three Triple Crown categories (.348 Avg, 18 HR, 49 RBI) in the Southern League. He;s also tops in on-base percentage (.452), hits (70), runs (48), and slugging percentage (.692).
At this rate the only thing that might prevent him from winning that Triple Crown is a promotion to Triple-A Iowa. However, the Cubs seem content to allow him to continue his work at the Double-A level.