Bryant leads list of Cubs prospects named to All-Star teams

Bryant leads list of Cubs prospects named to All-Star teams
June 3, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Tony Andracki

Kris Bryant is getting rewarded for his dominant season as it was announced Tuesday the Cubs' slugging prospect was named to the Southern League All-Star Game.

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Bryant, who is hitting .351/.455/.688 at Double-A Tennessee, headlines the list of six Smokies heading to the Midseason Classic, including catcher Rafael Lopez, infielder Stephen Bruno, outfielder John Andreoli and pitchers Corey Black and Armando Rivero.

Lopez was just promoted to Triple-A Iowa after hitting .297/.412/.466 with 29 walks compared to just 26 strikeouts in Tennessee.

Bruno, 23, sports an .864 OPS and Andreoli, 23, has a .362 OBP with 26 steals in 28 tries.

As the Cubs' top two pitching prospects C.J. Edwards and Pierce Johnson try to battle back from injuries, Black has held down the rotation, going 2-4 with a 3.44 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 11 games (10 starts).

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Rivero, the 26-year-old flamethrower from Cuba, has put up a 1.93 ERA and 0.89 WHIP while striking out 42 batters in 28 innings.

Advanced Class-A Daytona

The D-Cubs will send four players to the All-Star game, including outfielder Bijan Rademacher, second baseman Gioskar Amaya and pitchers Felix Pena and Andrew McKirahan.

Rademacher ranks among the Florida State League leaders in average (.313), on-base percentage (.411) and slugging (.467). Pena sports a 1.41 ERA - good for second in the league - and 1.00 WHIP.

Amaya, one of the Cubs' underrated prospects, is hitting .292/.369/.358.

Neither of the high-profile prospects in Daytona - Albert Almora and Dan Vogelbach - will head to the All-Star game.