7/17/2014 11:52 P.M. ET
Bryant pads MiLB lead as Cubs 'Big 3' all homer
Baez goes deep in debut at second base; Russell leaves yard at Double-A
By Teddy Cahill / MLB.com
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, the Cubs' top three prospects, all homered Thursday in a banner day for the club's top two Minor League affiliates. Bryant and Baez went deep in Triple-A Iowa's 7-0 victory at Round Rock, while Russell's home run helped Double-A Tennessee defeat Huntsville, 4-1.
Baez and Bryant were playing their first game for Iowa in nearly a week after playing against each other in Sunday's All-Star Futures Game and then getting a few days off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The rest didn't seem to faze them.
Baez, ranked No. 6 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, went 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. He extended his hitting streak to 10 games.
Bryant, No. 8 in the Top 100, finished the game 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and two runs. His home run was his 32nd of the season between Tennessee and Iowa, giving him sole possession of first place on the Minor League leaderboard. He had been tied with Rangers No. 2 prospect Joey Gallo.
While Baez and Bryant were putting on a show with Iowa, Russell, No. 11 on the Top 100, was doing the same for Tennessee. He went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and an RBI. It was his second home run of the season and first since he was traded to the Cubs as part of the deal that sent Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the A's.
Baez, Bryant and Russell weren't the only prominent Cubs prospects to homer Thursday. Tennessee outfielder Jorge Soler (Cubs' No. 6, No. 41 overall), Class A Advanced Daytona first baseman Dan Vogelbach (Cubs' No. 12) and Tennessee third baseman Christian Villanueva (Cubs' No. 13) all hit long balls as well.