For the second week in a row, Kris Bryant is the Southern League Hitter of the Week (June 2-8) as he continues to tear up the league. Bryant went 10-for-24 with three doubles, three home runs, six walks, six strikeouts and one stolen base over the seven-day period. Bryant also scored seven runs and drove in five runs. For the week, Bryant had a .417/.533/.917 slash line with a 1.450 OPS.
Kris Bryant has won the Southern League Hitter of the Week award three times this season. Bryant first took home the award on May 12 before his second honor last week (May 26-June 1).
Kris Bryant went out Monday night and hit his 22nd home run of the season as part of a 2-for-5 night at the plate. Bryant remains tied with Joey Gallo for the minor league lead in home runs. Gallo hit his 22nd in walk-off fashion on Monday. Bryant and Gallo lead all of professional baseball (minors and majors) in home runs.
Over his last 10 games, Kris Bryant is hitting .405/.500/.919 with four doubles, five home runs, seven walks and 10 strikeouts with a 1.419 OPS. Bryant continues to dominate the Southern League and is pushing the Cubs front office to promote him to Triple-A, without saying a word.
Jason McLeod addressed Bryant’s performance and a timetable on when he could be promoted during an interview on the Jordan Bernfield Show (87.7 The Game) last Sunday.
“I know, it’s amazing just seeing what he is doing every day,” McLeod said. “It’s been a lot of fun. Who could expect this? He is certainly making a loud statement and it’s something we talk a lot about, especially the last couple of weeks in the office. As of right now, there is no immediate plan to move him.”
“When you see the numbers you ask why you would keep him there. The great thing about Kris is as good as he is doing, he understands every day when he comes to the park that he is working on something to get better that day,” McLeod said. “Whether it’s his approach or groundballs at third or something specific he’s working on defensively. He understands at the next level I am going to have to do this and when I get to the big leagues hopefully I am able to do this. That’s what has been great is that he has had that level-headed approach.”
“But those discussions are taking place, no definite timetable yet.”
The Cubs see Kris Bryant as a third baseman and he is working hard to stay at third base. The front office is not thinking about moving him from the hot corner.
“No not at this time. He is a third baseman,” Jason McLeod said on the Jordan Bernfield Show. “The staff down there is working hard every day. That’s what is great about Kris. He goes to the ballpark, yesterday he went 3-for-3 and he’s going to come in today like that didn’t happen and work on his defense and work on his groundballs, work on his crossover. Because Kris has a lot of pride and despite what is happening on the offensive side, this guy has a lot of pride in his defense. He wants to show people that he can be a quality, Major League third baseman. And that is the way he goes about his work every day. Of course we’ve mentioned in the past how athletic he is, certainly he could move to the outfield, but that is not part of the plan right now.”