Third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, hit two home runs and drove in a career-high six runs Wednesday, leading Double-A Tennessee to a 12-1 victory against Birmingham. It was his first career multi-homer game.
Bryant, ranked as the No. 8 overall prospect by MLB.com, finished 3-for-4 with four runs, a double and a walk.
The Cubs selected Bryant with the second pick of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, and he has quickly found success as a professional. He hit .336 with nine home runs in 36 games at three levels after signing last summer. He finished the year in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named MVP.
Even a move up to Double-A hasn't slowed Bryant. In 32 games, he is hitting .313 with a 1.028 OPS and leads the Southern League with eight home runs.
One of the beneficiaries of Bryant's offensive outburst Wednesday was right-hander Arodys Vizcaino, the Cubs' No. 8 prospect. He struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning.
Vizcaino was promoted to Tennessee on Wednesday. He missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery in early 2012, and the Cubs have been easing him back into a routine this season. He started the season with Class A Advanced Daytona, where he struck out 10 batters in nine innings.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Teddy Cahill is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @tedcahill. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.