Bryant, Baez and Schwarber Hit Longballs as Home Run Mania Continued in Cubs System

A day after the top prospects in the Cubs system hit a combined six longballs, the minor leaguers figured out a way to one-up themselves. The young Cubs hit seven home runs Friday night with Rock Shoulders delivering the last one of the night in walk-off fashion, a Grand Slam in the 17th inning that sent the Daytona Cubs home with a win.

Kris Bryant and Javier Baez hit home runs Friday night and went yard in the same game in back-to-back days. Friday was the fourth time this season Bryant and Baez hit home runs in the same game. Jeimer Candelario and Cael Brockmeyer hit dingers for Kane County. Willson Contreras hit his second home run of the season. And Kyle Schwarber smacked his first home run for the D-Cubs.

The Smokies were rained out Friday night.

Kris Bryant leads all of minor league baseball with 33 home runs. Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI on Friday night. In 26 games with Iowa, Bryant is batting .344/.417/.760 with seven doubles and 11 home runs for a 1.177 OPS.

In what will end up as his first full season in pro ball, Kris Bryant is hitting .352/.447/.718 in 94 games with 27 doubles, 33 home runs, 84 RBI, 55 walks, 109 strikeouts, 247 total bases and a 1.165 OPS.


PrintJavier Baez started at second base Friday night and he extended his hitting streak to 12 games with his second multi-hit game in a row. Baez went 2-for-5 with a home run and two runs scored. Baez was on base for Bryant’s two-run shot. Baez’s approach at the plate continues to improve. Baez is hitting .286/.311/.738 over his last 10 games with four doubles, five home runs, two walks, 10 strikeouts and a 1.049 OPS.


Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-5 with a home run, two walks, two runs scored and a strikeout on Friday night. In three games with Daytona, Schwarber is 4-for-11 with a home run, four walks and four strikeouts. Schwarber has played in 31 games since he signed with the Cubs. Schwarber is hitting .404/.489/.737 with nine doubles, a triple, nine home runs, 17 walks, 23 strikeouts and a 1.226 OPS.

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  • J Daniel

    Kyle Schwarber, IMO, seems like another great pick. Almora has slipped a bit in comparison to the production of Bryant and Schwarber. Those two guys appear as they really hit and will continue to hit. Looks like a probable 3-4 combo in the batting order.

    • Tony_H

      Almora was working on his approach to start the year. That is why stats in the minors don’t always tell the whole story. His numbers have been pretty good lately. But hard not to slip when compared to the production of those 2 guys.

  • Tom U

    I know it ended late last night, but Rock Shoulders ended a 17 inning game for Daytona with a walk-off Grand Slam.

    • Neil

      Tom, I know you probably just missed it. I did mention Shoulders’ slam in the report.

      • Tom U

        Sorry, a lot going on these past few days.

        • Neil

          Tom, no worries.

  • GaryLeeT

    Hey Neil. We really appreciate you including the video that goes along with the report.

    • Neil

      I am glad you guys like them. Sometimes I think I am publishing too many of them.

      • GaryLeeT

        “Chicks dig the long ball”, but so do the guys. Which reminds me……this is still hysterical. Especially Mad Dog

  • Jeff Wilson

    I wonder what the minor league record for home runs would be. It appears hat Bryant will go over 45 this year, just wondering how that stacks up.

    • Tony_H

      Someone researched it and posted it in the Talking Cubs Live last night. I believe it was 73, but after that it is low 50’s.

    • Tony_H

      Here it is. 72

      texcubnut • 8 hours ago
      Neil, a question about all time home runs was asked earlier, and it would seem that the all time Cubs minor league record is held by Bud Heslet of the Visalia Cubs of the California League in 1956 and his total was 51. The all time record for minor leagues is held by Joe Bauman of the 1954 Roswell Rockets ( no kidding ) and his total was 72. That was the record for all levels of professional baseball until, of course, Barry Bonds hit 73 in 2001. Hope this helps.

      • texcubnut

        Thanks for reposting, Tony. I’ve been working this morning and have not been to this site until now. I apologize for not posting a link but, my research was done with the help of Google and front page results showed a list of all professional baseball players, at all levels, who hit more than 49 home runs. Also, Josh Gibson of The Negro Leagues was supposed to have hit 75 homers in 1931 but records of this are very sketchy.

        I think Kris Bryant has a very legitimate shot at the Cubs record as long as he stays healthy. I do not believe the Cubs will be foolish enough to call him up this year. ( There would just be no gain for the Cubs to do this and start his clock. I know you have stated the same. )

    • Theboardrider

      Crash Davis still hold the career record?

  • mutantbeast

    The announcer had it right. Get it into the wheelhouse of Bryant/Baez and watch it fly.

  • WidespreadHisPanic

    Yeah, thank you for the video here. Just plain awesome. Keep up the great work thank you!!

  • Tony_H

    Wada had another very good outing. Let’s hope it continues in the majors.

  • Theboardrider

    Is thy Baez congratulating Bryant when he crossed home plate? Gott be motivating to each of them to have the other there raking.