It might be hard to believe, but Kris Bryant was the Cubs first round pick in 2013, that’s right, last year. With how much we talk about Bryant here, and on Twitter, you would think he has been around forever. Well, there is good reason for it, Kris Bryant has turned himself into a super prospect. Yesterday’s game with Iowa marked the 163rd professional game for Bryant, or one more game than your typical Major League regular season, let’s dive into Bryant’s stupid numbers.
All of these stats are totals from Bryant’s pro career (163 games)
Batting Average: .336 (194-for-578)
Home Runs: 50
Well, that’s absurd. Even more disturbing is that Bryant started his professional career extremely slow. In July of 2013 he only hit .220 with two home runs, and nine RBI’s (11 games). Of Bryant’s 194 hits, 100 are for extra bases, he is a slugging machine.
Now, let’s focus on his 2014 season, which has him as a finalist for Minor League Player of the Year.
2014 Totals (Combined numbers from Tennessee and Iowa)
Batting Average: .336 (151-for-450)
Home Runs: 41
As Bryant faces better competition, he has better production across the board. 2013 is weighing down his OBP/OPS… which is to be expected to some extent seeing it was his first experience as a pro, and it came at the end of his College season. The one thing that I take away from these stats is this, the strikeout rate. A guy with Bryant’s power is going to have a certain amount of swing and miss in his game, but his K rate remains static as he ascends through the system, it’s like clockwork actually.
K rate for his career (based on plate appearances) – 26.2%
K rate in 2014 (based on plate appearances) – 26.8%
Breakdown of K rate in 2014 per month
April – 27.7%
May – 25.4%
June – 27.2%
July – 27.4%
August – 26.3%
I like seeing this, I think there might be an uptick in these numbers once he’s called up, but maybe not, everything I’ve seen so far indicates that he will sit at this rate rather consistently, and I’m okay with that if he’s hitting 40 home runs a year. I don’t think Bryant will be called up this year, but early 2015 definitely makes sense, and will set the stage for the Cubs to be relevant again.
The next super prospect to get the call to the Majors is going to be Jorge Soler, especially if he continues the tear that he is on. Soler has been banged up for almost the last year and a half, but he has the look of someone that is back to 100%
Last night he had himself a huge game for Iowa, he went 2-for-3 with a double, his fifth Iowa home run, two walks, three RBI’s, and three runs scored. The transition from level to level for Soler has been impressive in that there really hasn’t been one. Seamless is a word that comes to mind, and because of this, I expect that Soler will be up with the big league club in right field on September first, if not sooner.
I’m not going to lie, yesterday was a big day. For years now, we have talked about Javier Baez, reported on him, traveled to see him, provided live updates of his at bats in Tennessee, Iowa, etc. Yesterday we watched with all of you as Baez did something to help the Major League team, on the field. Sure, he’s just one guy, but he signals the next step in this process, and that is something to be truly excited about.
As soon as MLB gets their crap together I will embed.
I don’t know about you, but I could watch Addison Russell hit all day. Russell went deep again yesterday, his 8th home run for the Smokies, and is not showing any signs of slowing down. Russell started slow after the trade from Oakland, but is hitting .364 in his last ten with five home runs. Tasty.
Javier Baez is doing everything the Cubs organization wants him too, and then some. On Sunday, Baez went nuts, he hit two home runs, and walked twice, and has been showing increased patience at the plate of late. That coupled with his second half resurgence has many fans ready (more so than usual) for Baez at Wrigley.
The first home run… a laser.
The second home run.. a towering shot.