That the Cubs think highly of top draft pick Kris Bryant is pretty clear. Tuesday, they showered more praise on the 21-year-old third baseman, naming him their Minor League Player of the Month for the month of August.
Bryant certainly did enough to earn the distinction, despite the sometimes eye-popping performances of fellow Cubs prospects like Javier Baez. Bryant, who the Cubs selected with the No. 2 overall pick in this summer's draft, hit .381 with seven homers and 21 RBIs in 24 games with both Class-A Boise and Class-A Advanced Daytona. He reached base at a .438 clip and slugged .762, totalling up for a 1.199 OPS, the second-highest in the minor leagues for the month.
This season, with stops at Mesa, Boise and Daytona, Bryant has combined to hit .336 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 36 games.
Meanwhile, the Cubs also awarded their August Minor League Pitcher of the Month honors to Pierce Johnson, who entered the season as one of the organization's top pitching prospects. Johnson posted a 1.02 ERA in four appearances in August, three of which were starts, for Daytona. Johnson was the 43rd overall pick of last year's draft, and he's gone 11-6 with a 2.74 ERA in 23 games between Class-A Kane County and Daytona.
Both Bryant and Johnson are with Daytona, which opens postseason play Tuesday night against Dunedin.