In 138 games between Tennessee and Iowa, Kris Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 34 doubles, one triple, 324 extra bases and 43 home runs with 110 RBI for a 1.098 OPS. Bryant ended up with a .355/.458/.702 slash line in 68 games for Double-A Tennessee with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 58 RBI and a 1.160 OPS. At the Triple-A level, Bryant hit .295/.418/.619 with 14 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs and 52 RBI for a 1.036 OPS.
MLB Pipeline’s scouting grades for Kris Bryant based on the 20-80 scouting scale: Hit 55 | Power 80 | Run 50 | Arm 60 | Field 50 | Overall 70
MLB Pipeline ranked 1B Dan Vogelbach as the eighth best first base prospect in the game. Vogelbach spent last season with High-A Daytona and should begin the upcoming season as the first baseman for Double-A Tennessee.
The 22-year old Vogelbach had a solid season with Daytona last year. Vogelbach batted .28/.357/.429 with 28 doubles, one triple and 16 home runs. In 132 games, Vogelbach had a .787 OPS. After finishing the 2013 season with Daytona, Vogelbach hit .269/.367/.430 with 30 doubles, one triple, 18 home runs and a .798 OPS in 149 games at the Advanced-A level in 2013 and 2014. And Vogelbach walked 22 fewer times (82) than he struck out (104) in a Daytona Cubs’ uniform.
Dan Vogelbach should benefit from playing at a higher level and in a league that has fewer weather delays than he dealt with a year ago.
MLB Pipeline’s scouting grades for Dan Vogelbach based on the 20-80 scouting scale: Hit 55 | Power 60 | Run 20 | Arm 40 | Field 30 | Overall 50
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Top Prospect Alert
Prospect ranking season continued Monday when Top Prospect Alert posted its list of the top 100 prospects in the game. And six Cubs made the cut: Kris Bryant (2), Addison Russell (4), Jorge Soler (13), Kyle Schwarber (15), C.J. Edwards (31) and Billy McKinney (77)
According to Baseball America, the Cubs released seven players from the system: RHP Josh Davis, RHP Zak Hermans, RHP Yao-Lin Wang, LHP Alberto Diaz, LHP Nathan Dorris, C Lance Rymel and C Antonio Valerio.
Josh Davis, 24, pitched over three levels in the system last year (Boise, Kane County, Daytona) and posted a combined 2-3 record in 20 appearances, one start, with a 5.60 ERA and a 1.78 WHIP (56 hits, seven walks, 31 strikeouts in 35 1/3 innings).
Zak Hermans, 23, spent time at Kane County and made one appearance for Triple-A Iowa last year. Hermans was 3-3 in 21 games, one start, with a 4.04 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP. Hermans gave up 39 hits with 21 walks and 38 strikeouts in 42 1/3 innings.
Yao-Lin Wang, 23, was 4-7 in 26 games, 11 starts, for Boise and Daytona in 2014 with a 5.32 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP (71 hits, 24 walks, 53 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings).
Alberto Diaz, 23, made it to Kane County last year. In three stops (Arizona, Boise, Kane County), the lefty posted a 0-2 record with a 7.52 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. Diaz gave up 40 hits with 23 walks and 21 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings.
Nathan Dorris, 24, was 9-8 in 32 appearances, 11 starts, for Low-A Kane County and High-A Daytona last season. Dorris gave up 104 hits with 46 walks and 74 strikeouts in 96 1/3 innings (5.14 ERA, 1.58 WHIP).
Lance Rymel, 24, played in only 10 games combined with Daytona, Tennessee and Iowa a year ago (.182/.1182/.273).
Antonio Valerio, 23, spent a majority of his year in the Dominican Summer League and played in two games for Low-A Kane County. Valerio batted .250/.331/.315 with five doubles, a home run and a .646 OPS.
Several former Cubs found new homes. C/1B Ryan Lavarnway was outrighted to Triple-A and it appears he will stay in the Orioles system. RHP Jairo Asencio (White Sox), Jason Marquis (Reds) and Dontrelle Willis (Brewers) signed minor league deals with Spring Training invites. And the Padres confirmed the signings of RHP Jay Jackson and RHP Marcos Mateo, and both pitchers received invitations to Major League Spring Training.