Kris Bryant Wins Home Run Derby, Set for Southern League All-Star Game

The Southern League held its annual Home Run Derby as part of All-Star Game festivities Monday night in Chattanooga, and the Smokies’ Kris Bryant walked away with the crown.

Kris Bryant hit 16 home runs over three rounds in the derby, four in the final round to beat Jonathan Griffin of the Mobile BayBears (Diamondbacks). Bryant hit eight homers in the first round and four each in the final two rounds.

The Southern League All-Star Game takes place Tuesday night at Engel Stadium in Chattanooga. Kris Bryant is starting at third and hitting third for the North Division team.

Armando Rivero, P.J. Francescon, and Hunter Cervenka are expected to participate in the All-Star Game, which can be heard on MiLB.TV (audio only) at 6:15pm CDT.

Kris Bryant finished the first half with three Southern League Hitter of the Week Awards and was the Cubs Player of the Month for May. Bryant hit .355/458/.702 with 20 doubles, 22 home runs and a 1.160 OPS in 68 games. Bryant hit .373/.476/.765/.1.241 in the 14 games leading up to the break with five doubles, five home runs, 11 walks and 15 strikeouts.

Kris Bryant is on top of a majority of the offensive categories in the league: .355 (AVG), .458 (OBP), .702 (SLG), 1.160 (OPS), 22 (HR), 58 (RBI), 174 (TB), 43 (BB) and is third in the league with 20 doubles.

Jed Hoyer was asked Friday during an interview with Dan McNeil and Matt Spiegel (670 The Score) what else Kris Bryant has to show or what more does the front office need to see from him at the Double-A level before he is promoted to Triple-A.

“I think that it is just more time. Letting him be there for a while. He’s really sort of skipped like a rock on the water across our minor league system so far kind of hitting every level for a short time,” Hoyer said. “Trying to getting him with one hitting coach, one manager in one place for a little time I think is important. I think whenever we do use examples like Springer or Singleton, I mean those guys spent a lot of time in one place. Not many minor league guys … I mean the draft was last week. This guy has been in professional baseball for like 11 months. I do think that it is important that he has some stability. Obviously he is having an unbelievable year and hopefully he will keep doing it. Listen, at some point those discussions about promotions become really relevant. But I do think that’s pretty important, it’s been a short amount of time.”

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