The Cubs' No. 1 prospect, Kris Bryant, hit his 39th home run of the season on Tuesday to take sole possession of the Minor League lead. It wasn't enough for a victory, however, as Triple-A Las Vegas defeated Iowa, 6-5.
Bryant, ranked No. 3 on MLBPipeline.com's list of Top 100 Prospects, went 3-for-5 with a run and two RBIs.
Bryant entered the day tied with Rangers' No. 1 prospect Joey Gallo atop the Minor League leaderboard. Gallo led all Minor Leaguers with 40 home runs last season and is trying to repeat as home run champion, but he has been locked in a tight race with Bryant all summer.
The Cubs sent Bryant, 22, to Double-A Tennessee to begin the season, and he bashed 22 home runs in the first half. He was promoted to Iowa in June and hasn't stopped slugging in the Pacific Coast League. In 52 games since the promotion, he is hitting .322/.434/.672 with 17 home runs and seven stolen bases.
Bryant has done nothing but hit everywhere the Cubs have sent him since selecting him with the second overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. In 156 games across five levels, he is hitting .340/.435/.689 with 48 home runs and 16 stolen bases. He has scored 129 runs and driven in 132.
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