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
Tyson Ross went five innings, allowed one run, on two hits, and four walks, while striking out five in a win against the Mets on Wednesday night.
Ross was average on Wednesday night while trying to pitch through the rumors of his name being on the trade block. For teams interested, he’s the perfect middle of the rotation arm with electric stuff. His control issue reared it’s ugly head on Wednesday night, as he walked four batters, but he still managed to pick up the win after going five innings, allowing one run, on two hits, and striking out five. The win was his seventh of the season, and if he does indeed get traded, it would presumably be to a contender, so expect that total to climb over the rest of the season. Analysis: Dom Murtha
Jung Ho Kang went 3-for-5 with a solo home run in the Pirates 10-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday.
Kang hit his seventh home run of the season on Wednesday to go with 36 runs, 33 RBI, five stolen bases and a .295 average. After hitting 40 home runs in Korea many wondered how well his game would transfer when he arrived to the majors and while the power decline was expected he has shown the ability to hit for a good average and owns a solid .811 OPS. Kang has shortstop eligibility in most leagues and given how shallow the position they have to be thrilled with his production to this point given his uncertainty. Analysis: Jonathan Impemba