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Friday, June 20, 2014
Prospect Bryant homers in debut -- again

By Jesse Rogers

Chicago Cubs prospect Kris Bryant did it again.

After hitting a home run in his Single-A Daytona debut last season, his first game in the Arizona Fall League, his first Cactus League game in spring training and his debut this season for Double-A Tennessee, Bryant went deep to right field for Triple-A Iowa on Thursday night, one day after being promoted.

The Iowa Cubs won 6-2 over El Paso while the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft went 1-for-4 with his 23rd home run of the season on a 3-2 count. The first 22 were hit for Double-A Tennessee.

"I went up there thinking I was due," Bryant told reporters. "I haven't hit one in a while."

Bryant won the Southern League home run derby Monday before his promotion to Triple-A. At the time of his promotion, Bryant led the Southern League in every major offensive category, including batting average, home runs and RBIs.

Bryant batted fifth on Thursday, two spots behind 2011 top pick Javier Baez, who went 1-for-3 with a walk. Baez hit 37 home runs last season combined between Single-A and Double-A. Bryant is on pace to surpass that mark between Double-A and Triple-A. Baez has just 11 this season with a .217 batting average.

The Iowa Cubs are 36-35 in the Pacific Coast League, 3.5 games out of first place in the American North Division.