Home run mania continued in the Cubs’ system Friday night. Six of the Cubs minor leaguers went yard. Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Josh Vitters and Eli Whiteside rocked the Marlins’ young arms in New Orleans. Addison Russell smacked a solo homer at Smokies Park while Roney Alcala hit his first homer of the season in Arizona.
And Mike Olt, a day after hitting his first home run with Iowa, collected a RBI double in four trips to the plate. Olt is 14-for-41 with five doubles, a home run, seven RBI, a walk and 12 strikeouts in 11 games with Iowa (.341/.357/.537).
Kris Bryant was 1-for-4 with a home run, a HBP and three runs scored Friday night in New Orleans. Bryant hit his second home run in has many days and it was rather impressive.
Randy Wehofer, the I-Cubs excellent play-by-play man, reported the gun readings during Bryant’s at bat. Bryant hooked a 97 mph fastball from Arquimedes Caminero foul and squared up Caminero’s next pitch, a 99 mph fastball, and crushed it. Bryant blasted his 14th Triple-A homer Friday night and No. 36 on the season. With a month left to go, Bryant is four short of a 40-homer season in the minors.
After ‘cooling off’ it would be safe to say that Bryant is heating back up. Over his last 10 games, Bryant is hitting .300/.447/.667 with two doubles, three home runs, six walks, eight strikeouts and a 1.114 OPS.
In the 18 games since the All-Star break, Kris Bryant is batting .290/.405/.613 with five doubles, five home runs, eight walks, 18 strikeouts and a 1.018 OPS.
Home Run No. 13/No. 35 – July 31
Home Run No. 14/No. 36 – Aug. 1
For the season, Kris Bryant is batting .338/.438/.688 with 31 doubles, 36 home runs, 92 RBI, 273 total bases and a 1.126 OPS in 110 games.
Jorge Soler hit his third homer for Triple-A Iowa off the Marlins top pitching prospect, Andrew Heaney on Friday night, a three-run shot with Javier Baez and Kris Bryant along for the ride. Soler went 1-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, two strikeouts and two runs scored. And Soler scored from first base on a double from Mike Olt. Friday marked the first time at the Triple-A level (10 games) that Soler struck out two times in the same game.
In 10 games with the I-Cubs, Jorge Soler is batting .286/.394/.714 with three doubles, three home runs, five walks and six strikeouts for a 1.108 OPS.
Jorge Soler has 44 hits in 39 games this season … 26 of the 44 have gone for extra bases, 15 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs.
Addison Russell was 1-for-5 with a home run Friday night, his seventh longball for the Smokies. Russell has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games while putting together a .381/.395/.714 line with two doubles, four home runs and a 1.110 OPS.
Addison Russell is batting .293/.330/.554 in 23 games with the Smokies. Russell has hit three doubles and seven home runs with four walks and 19 strikeouts for a .884 OPS.