Bryant slugs way to Double-A Home Run Derby crown
Cubs prospect displays power that has him dominating Minors
Kris Bryant is serving notice that his power will play in any league. Bryant, the Cubs' top pick and the second overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, put on a show at the Double-A Southern League's Home Run Derby on Monday, hitting 16 homers to win the competition.
Bryant, who's hitting .355 with 22 home runs and 58 RBIs in 68 games for Double-A Tennessee, let his power do the talking at the slugging showcase. The 22-year-old launched eight homers in the first round of the Home Run Derby, and added four more in both the second and final rounds of the competition.
Bryant, rated the Cubs' No. 2 prospect, edged Jonathan Griffin, first baseman of the Double-A Mobile BayBears, to win the competition. Griffin homered nine times in the first two rounds, and three more times in the finals.
A right-handed hitter, Bryant will start at third base and bat third for the North Division in Tuesday night's Southern League All-Star Game. Through 104 career games in the Minors, Bryant has already hit 31 homers with 90 RBIs across all levels of competiton.
Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.