Social Navigation

Kyle Schwarber Hit a Walk-Off Bomb Last Night, and Kris Bryant Finally Homered Again (VIDEO)

Cubs Minor Leagues and Prospects

Kris Bryant hadn’t homered since July 18.

That’s 11 full days without a sparkling shot of Bryant power, which is just far, far too long to wait. Thankfully, last night, he indulged us with this bomb:


That one didn’t even go 500 feet! What are you trying to do to us, Bryant!?

I kid, of course, both about the distance and the brief homer layoff. It’s fun to note that, although Bryant has been in something of a slump since that previous homer, the numbers really weren’t that bad (for just 11 games): .194/.326/.278. Sure, the power was lacking, but the walk rate was still excellent (11.6%), the strikeout rate was still manageable (25.6%), and the .280 BABIP was probably a little lower than it “should” have been.

All in all, for me, if a guy goes through that kind of “slump,” but isn’t striking out 40% of the time and is still taking his walks, I’m feeling pretty good.

Also last night, Kyle Schwarber hit a two-run, walk-off homer for the Daytona Cubs in extra innings. I don’t have any video of that one, so you’ll just have to use your imagination:


You can also read about the game here.

Since his promotion to High-A, Schwarber’s ridiculous numbers have come down quite a bit – .265/.387/.408 – but (1) the FSL is a notoriously difficult-for-power league, (2) it’s all a small sample, (3) the .282 BABIP will probably come up, (4) he’s walked and struck out at identical (and awesome) 16.1% rates, and (5) that line is still good enough for a .371 wOBA and 132 wRC+.

The promotion was arguably a touch aggressive, and Schwarber seems to be handling himself fine. As with Bryant, I’m feeling pretty good.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.