Tuesday’s column from CBS Chicago …
(CBS) It’s June.
So, where’s Kris Bryant?
Well, on Monday night, the No. 2 pick of the 2013 MLB First-Year Draft was down in Tennessee blasting his 18th home run of the season for the minor league Smokies and driving in three runs to stretch his Southern League-leading mark to 49 RBIs.
Those numbers weren’t quite good enough to help the Chicago Cubs’ Double-A affiliate beat the Birmingham Barons, as the Smokies fell 4-3. But are they good enough to help the Chicago Cubs themselves?
I believe so. And I’d like to see Bryant get his shot in the big leagues.
Now, not later.
After Monday night’s output, the 22-year-old Bryant now leads the Southern League in an incredible nine offensive categories, including all three Triple Crown statistics of home runs, RBIs and batting average (.350). His 18 homers ranks third among all minor leaguers.
The big league Cubs, meanwhile, have been shut out in three of their last five games, own a team batting average of .231 and currently have the worst record in baseball at 20-34.
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