Bryant's assault on Southern League pitching continued in earnest last week. He homered in five of seven games and was held without an extra-base hit just once -- in a game in which he drew four walks.
Bryant, ranked No. 8 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, leads the Southern League in all three Triple Crown categories (.348, 18 home runs, 49 RBIs), as well as on-base percentage (.452), slugging percentage (.692), hits (70) and runs (.48).
The Cubs made Bryant the second overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft nearly one year ago. He has done nothing but hit as a professional. In 91 games in his Minor League career, he is batting .343 with a 1.119 OPS and 27 home runs.
Adrian Marin, SS, Frederick Keys: Orioles' No. 9 prospect, six games, 9-for-21 (.429/.478/.905), 1.383 OPS, one HR, 11 RBIs, one run
Hunter Renfroe, OF, Lake Elsinore Storm: Padres' No. 5 prospect, seven games, 10-for-27 (.370/.452/.926), 1.378 OPS, four HRs, 10 RBIs, five runs
Michael Taylor, OF, Harrisburg Senators: Nationals' No. 4 prospect, seven games, 13-for-27 (.481/.548/.852), 1.400 OPS, two HRs, five RBIs, six runs, one SB
Devon Travis, 2B, Erie SeaWolves: Tigers' No. 2 prospect, seven games, 15-for-30 (.500/.516/.967), 1.483 OPS, two HRs, five RBIs, seven runs
Pipeline Pitching Prospect of the Week: Jose Berrios, Fort Myers Miracle
Twins' No. 5 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, one GS, seven IP, one hit, 0 runs, 0 ERs, 0 BBs, 13 K's
In a week of impressive pitching performances (Class A Advanced High Desert threw a combined no-hitter and Triple-A Memphis left-hander Tim Cooney came within an out of his own no-hitter), Berrios saved the best for last. He retired the first 13 batters Sunday against Class A Advanced Tampa and finished with 13 strikeouts in seven innings. His only blemishes were a double and a hit batsman. And, because Minor League doubleheaders typically have seven-inning games, he got credit for his first shutout.
Berrios, ranked No. 77 on the Top 100, improved to 5-2 with a 2.24 ERA this season. He has struck out 65 batters and walked 17 in 56 1/3 innings.
Berrios has been on a roll of late. In his last five starts, he has struck out 45 batters in 31 1/3 innings and limited opponents to three runs on 18 hits. He has also won four straight decisions.
Tim Cooney, LHP, Memphis Redbirds: Cardinals' No. 9 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, one GS, nine IP, one hit, 0 runs, 0 ERs, two BBs, seven K's
Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Bradenton Marauders: Pirates' No. 3 prospect, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, one GS, 5 2/3 IP, one hit, 0 runs, 0 ER, two BBs, 12 K's
Trevor May, RHP, Rochester Redwings: Twins' No. 12 prospect, 2-0, 0.00 ERA, two GS, 12 IP, nine hits, one run, 0 ER, five BBs, seven K's
Tyler Pike, LHP, High Desert Mavericks: Mariners' No. 9 prospect, 0-0. 0.00 ERA, one GS, six IP, 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 ER, two BBs, eight K's
Kyle Smith, RHP, Corpus Christi Hooks: Astros' No. 18 prospect, 1-0, 1.74 ERA, two GS, 10 1/3 IP, seven hits, two runs, two ERs, one BB, 13 K's
Ryne Stanek, RHP, Bowling Green Hot Rods: Rays' No. 11 prospect, 2-0, 0.75 ERA, two GS, 12 IP, seven hits, one run, one ER, one BB, 10 K's