Kris Bryant Hits 40th Home Run of the Season in Walk-Off Fashion and Cubs News from the Farm

Kris Bryant delivered in extra innings Thursday night and he made his 40th home run one to remember. On Kris Bryant Jersey Shirt Night at Principal Park, he stepped in the box with no outs and Logan Watkins on first in the bottom of the 12th inning with Iowa down 5-4. Bryant launched his 40th homer of the year over the wall just to the right of straight away center and the I-Cubs walked off winners over Las Vegas, 6-5 in 12 innings.

Kris Bryant finished the game 1-for-5 with a home run, a walk and two RBI.

In his first full season in pro ball, Kris Bryant is hitting .336/.442/.684 with 33 doubles, 40 home runs, 103 RBI and a 1.126 OPS in 122 games with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.


Kris Bryant has played in 54 games with the Iowa Cubs and has put together a .313/.422/.661 line with 13 doubles, 18 home runs and a 1.083 OPS. Over his last 13 games, Bryant is 15-for-47 with two doubles, five home runs, 11 walks and 15 strikeouts for a .319/.468/.681 slash line with a 1.149 OPS.

Mike Olt

Mike Olt had another good night at the plate in Thursday’s walk-off win over Las Vegas. Olt went 2-for-5 with a home run, a double and two RBI. Olt added to the I-Cubs early lead with a two-run shot in the third inning.

PrintSince being sent down to Iowa, Olt is hitting .333/.375/.667 in 23 games with nine doubles, seven home runs and a 1.042 OPS. In his last 13 games, Mike Olt has walked five times with 16 strikeouts and 11 of his 17 hits have gone for extra bases (five doubles, six home runs).

Mark Zagunis

Mark Zagunis, the Cubs third round pick in June’s draft, was promoted to Kane County Thursday. Zagunis hit .299/.429/.851 in 41 games with Boise. Zagunis walked (31) as many times as he struck out (31) and hit nine doubles, two triples and two home runs for a .851 OPS.

Mark Zagunis saw time at catcher and both left and right field while he was in Boise. Zagunis served as the Hawks designated hitter for 12 games, caught 15 games and played left and right field in 14 games.

C.J. Edwards

C.J. Edwards made his third start with the Smokies Thursday night since returning from the DL. Edwards tossed six innings of shutout ball and surrendered four hits with a walk and a strikeout. According to reports from the park, Edwards threw 71 pitches, 40 for strikes.


C.J. Edwards is 0-1 in his last three starts with a 2.70 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Edwards has given up nine hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings.

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  • Brp921

    It would be great to see Olt nail down third base for the Cubs next year. They could let Bryant play left field in Iowa until he’s past the super two date learning the position. (If that’s his time schedule) If he forces their hand and comes up to begin the season then he could play left in spring training. Think of power in that lineup. Especially if Soler makes the team as well.

    • Tony_H

      I think they will give Olt a shot to do that and Bryant I see in the OF either LF or RF regardless.

      • Brp921

        It is looking that way.

    • Theboardrider

      I agree. Of Olt has figured something out and adjusted we will be in such better shape!

      And I agree with Tony. I see Bryant in OF either way. Olt can hold it down and either prove he’s the guy. Or man it until Russell comes up and we’ve got some more decisions on positions to make.

  • Jeff Wilson

    When I asked Theo to trade Jackson, I meant EJax not BJax, ugh!

  • BigJonLilJon

    Good news on CJ Edwards. Sounds like he’s coming on and healthy

  • Theboardrider

    Great news on Edwards! Any report from the gun?

    Zagunis too! He’s surprised me.

    I think Olt is making adjustments and has a shot when he returns. He’s never done great at AAA, which leads me to belive he leaded some things in MLB but didn’t get chance to implement and work on them.

    No Ramblings?!

  • Chris K.

    It would be great to see Olt nail down third base in September. Valbuena has to go.

  • Roll

    Does anyone know the Cubs minor league record for home runs (even though Kris has done it multiple levels)?