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Minor League Barometer: Smokin' Smokie

Jesse Siegel

Jesse Siegel

Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.

It's only a matter of time before Kris Bryant makes his way to the hot corner at Wrigley Field. Bryant has simply tormented Double-A pitching recently, hitting .405/.500/.919 with five home runs and nine RBI over his last 10 contests. Bryant's overall line is almost as impressive; the 22-year-old beast is slashing .357/.460/.722 with 22 home runs and 55 RBI through 63 games for the Tennessee Smokies. Though he has fanned 72 times over that span, the strikeouts are not as much of a concern due to his massive power potential. Likewise, it doesn't hurt that he is hitting over .350 and will take a walk when necessary as well. As a result, Bryant could be a big hit this summer in Chicago and provide a boost that the Cubbies sorely need.

More news, notes and observations in this week's "Three Strikes" portion:

1. The rebound season for Toronto Blue Jays southpaw Daniel Norris continues, as the ...

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