Here's the surprise of the week: Kris Bryant is getting rewarded for his stellar play on the field.
The Cubs' top prospect was named the organization's minor league player of the month while righty Paul Blackburn notched the minor league pitcher of the month award.
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Bryant was unreal in May, leading the Southern League in just about every major category, including a .407 batting average, 12 homers, 30 runs, 34 RBI and 17 walks, generating a 1.298 OPS in 29 May games.
The slugger and former No. 2 overall pick was named the Southern League's hitter of the week twice during the month. On the season, Bryant is hitting .353/.460/.700 with 19 homers, 51 RBI and 50 runs in 57 games with Double-A Tennessee.
Blackburn, selected 56th overall in the 2012 MLB Draft as one of the Cubs' supplemental picks, went 3-0 in May with a 1.88 ERA in five starts.
The 20-year-old righty is 5-1 with a 2.33 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 10 starts for Class-A Kane County this season. He made 13 appearances (12 starts) with short-season Boise last year and pitched 20.2 innings in the Arizona Rookie League in 2012.