Accolades continue for prospect Bryant

Accolades continue for prospect Bryant

TORONTO -- Cubs prospect Kris Bryant has been named the Minor League Player Of The Year by Baseball America.

Bryant, ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the game and the Cubs' No.1 prospect by MLB.com, hit .295/.418/.619 in 70 games for Triple-A Iowa this season. He was .355/.458/.702 in 68 games with Double-A Tennessee. The 22-year-old third baseman hit a total of 43 homers and 110 RBIs between the two levels.

Cubs manager Rick Renteria said the attention Bryant has been receiving will only intensify as times goes on.

"It's well-deserved," Renteria said ahead of the Cubs' game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on Tuesday. "The young man had a great season. He swung the bat well, hit a lot of homers. He did a really nice job for himself, and I think everyone took notice."

Bryant, the 2013 Golden Spikes Award winner at the University of San Diego, was selected with the second overall pick in the '13 First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs. Prior to that, he was taken by the Blue Jays in the 18th round of the 2010 Draft out of Bonanza High School, but didn't sign.

Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.