Arguably, Kris Bryant had his best overall game at AAA yesterday, because it was the first game in which he didn’t strike out, and the first time he did something positive that wasn’t a homer – he walked twice.
But, well, you know, he also homered:
It was another bomb to center, and the pitcher’s head immediately went down. That’s how you know Bryant got all of it.
Thanks in large part to Bryant’s continued power surge, his AAA line over 20 plate appearances (featuring four homers and a .000 BABIP) is a comical .222/.300/.889. Here’s the kicker: his OPS is currently 29 points higher than the silly mark he put up at AA.
Although he’s not quite doing Kris Bryant things (yet), this year’s top pick Kyle Schwarber is taking well to pro ball. Through nine professional games (five at Boise, four at Kane County), Schwarber is hitting .531/.568/1.125. On Friday, he hit his first homer at Kane County, and BN’er Donald was in attendance, and good enough to send us some video:
As is often the case, the crowd discussion/reaction is as enjoyable as the deep drive. Did you catch the conversation at the immediate start of the video? Just before Schwarber homered? Listen again.
The Cubs also had an impressive homer at the big league level last night from Anthony Rizzo. The video isn’t currently available for embedding, but you can watch the beautiful thing right here. Alfredo Simon badly missed his spot, but you probably don’t think you’re going to give up an opposite-field homer when your pitch is high, wide, and well into the opposite batter’s box.
And if you just want to watch the meat of it on an endless loop …
Just can't get over that Rizzo homer. I could watch this again and again … https://t.co/GBhpYMufCZ
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) June 24, 2014