Kris Bryant homered twice in four at-bats for Triple-A Iowa Sunday, and followed that up by going 1-for-2 with a solo-home run and two walks in Monday's afternoon game.
Bryant made his Triple-A PCL debut last Thursday and, already five games into his Triple-A career the Cubs top third base prospect already has four home runs. This should come as no surprise as Bryant still leads the Southern League (Double-A) in home runs even though he has not played there in almost a week. Not to mention he also won that leagues All-Star Home Run Derby before getting his call-up to the Iowa Cubs where, regardless of how well he hits, will likely remain there for the duration of the season as the team has no reason to rush him. He could force his way up with a strong showing, but it looks like he's a September call-up at best now.ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Kyle Ryan went four innings, allowed two runs, on three hits, and five walks, while striking out four in a loss to the Pirates on Thursday afternoon.
Ryan has been used as a reliever and spot starter for the Tigers so far this season, and he didn’t step up like the Tigers needed him to on Thursday afternoon, as he only lasted four innings, allowing two runs, and walking five against the Pirates. There is something to be said for him holding the opposition to only two runs despite the eight baserunners, but still the Tigers needed a more efficient outing out of Ryan, and he didn’t deliver. Don’t expect much better than this from Ryan going forward in your fantasy leagues. Analysis: Dom Murtha