The Kris Bryant Watch took a backseat this weekend to the draft and the big league team’s winning streak, but it picked back up again on Sunday afternoon about the same time the Cubs streak came to an end.
Kris Bryant followed up his 3-for-3 performance on Saturday that included a double, a walk, two runs scored and his 20th home run of the season, with a 2-for-4 effort on Sunday. Bryant hit another double, scored two runs and hit his league leading 21st home run of the year. Bryant moved into a tie for the minor league lead in homers with Joey Gallo (Rangers) and Peter O’Brien (Yankees).
When Bryant launched No. 21 off the left field scoreboard, the Smokies pointed out that Kris Bryant was trending nationally on Twitter.
In 62 games this season, Bryant is hitting .356/.461/.716 with 18 doubles, 21 home runs, 39 walks, 161 total bases, 70 strikeouts and a 1.177 OPS.
Kris Bryant leads the Southern League in batting average (.356), OBP (.461), SLG (.701), OPS (1.177), home runs (21), RBI (52), total bases (161), walks (39) and runs scored (55). Bryant is tied for second in doubles (18), four behind Jake Lamb and he is second in the league in strikeouts (78).
It was announced last week that Bryant and his teammate, John Andreoli, would be in the starting lineup for the North Division squad in the upcoming Southern League All Star Game (June 17). Kris Bryant will hit third and play third base.
Over his last 10 games, Bryant is up to .400/.512/.943 with four doubles, five home runs, eight walks, nine strikeouts and a 1.454 OPS.
Kris Bryant has followed up his month of May in which he hit .407/.492/.806 with seven doubles, 12 home runs and a 1.298 OPS and earned the Minor League Player of the Month award with a .393/.514/.929 slash line in eight games this month with three doubles, four home runs and a 1.443 OPS.
Home Runs No. 20 and No. 21
Kris Bryant committed his 13th error on Sunday, and he continues to work on his defense on a daily basis. Jason McLeod reiterated Sunday the Cubs view him as a third baseman and do not plan on moving him off third.