USA TODAY Sports named Cubs prospect Kris Bryant the Minor League Player of the Year Wednesday, which should come as no surprise to anybody.
Bryant has gotten more attention playing in the minor leagues than most MLB players this season. Of course, leading professional baseball with 43 homers will certainly do a lot to help boost a player's profile (he also finished with a .325/.438/.661 slash line, 110 RBI and 118 runs).
Bryant was also named to Baseball America's minor-league All-Star team, claiming third base on a roster that includes Red Sox prospects Mookie Betts and Henry Owens as well as Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and Rangers slugger Joey Gallo (who finished the season with 42 homers).
Of course, all of that isn't enough to earn Bryant a call-up, as the Cubs have stuck to the plan and will not bring him to Chicago this month.
Boston's Xander Bogaerts, Wil Myers (then with the Royals, now with the Rays) and Arizona's Paul Goldscmidt were the last three USAT Minor League POY winners.