Cubs name Bryant and Tseng Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs today named infielder Kris Bryant and right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng the organization's Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Bryant and Tseng will be honored during an on-field ceremony prior to the Cubs 7:05 p.m. CT contest this Wednesday, September 17, against the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.

Bryant, 22, batted .325 (160-for-492) with 34 doubles, one triple, 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. His 43 home runs led all of minor league baseball, as did his 78 extra-base hits, 325 total bases, .661 slugging percentage and 1.098 OPS. His 118 runs scored ranked second among all minor league players, while his 110 RBI were third, his .438 on-base percentage was fifth and his 86 walks ranked eighth. Bryant earned Minor League Player of the Year accolades from both Baseball America and USA Today.

A right-handed hitting third baseman, Bryant began the season with Tennessee and batted .355 (88-for-248) with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 58 RBI, a .458 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging mark in 68 games. He was named Southern League Hitter of the Week three times, including consecutive weeks (May 26-June 1 and June 2-8) in which he combined to bat .447 (21-for-47) with five doubles, eight home runs, 12 RBI and 15 walks compared to 12 strikeouts. Bryant was named a mid-season Southern League All-Star and led the league in batting average, home runs and RBI at the break.

Bryant was promoted to Iowa on June 19 following the Southern League All-Star break and went on to hit .295 (72-for-244) with 14 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs, 52 RBI, a .418 on-base percentage and a .619 slugging percentage in 70 games. He hit five home runs in his first six career games at the Triple-A level and went deep in consecutive games on five occasions.

Selected by the Cubs with the second overall pick in the 2013 Draft, Bryant owns a .327 batting average (203-for-620) with 140 runs scored, 48 doubles, three triples, 52 home runs and 142 RBI in 174 career minor league contests. He has a .428 on-base percentage and a .666 slugging mark to contribute to a 1.094 career OPS. Named the Cubs second-best prospect heading into this season by Baseball America, Bryant owns a .942 fielding percentage at third base (27 E/464 TC), including a .963 mark (7 E/190 TC) with Iowa this season.

Tseng, 19, went 6-1 with a 2.40 ERA (28 ER/105.0 IP) in 19 games (17 starts) with Single-A Kane County, helping the club to a minor league-best 91 regular season wins and the Midwest League championship. He walked 15 batters and struck out 85, good for an average of just 1.3 walks and 7.3 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched. Tseng limited the opponent to a .204 batting average (76-for-373), a .241 on-base percentage and a .308 slugging percentage.

In his first professional season since he was signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in July of last season, Tseng allowed three or fewer earned runs in 16 of his 17 starts and surrendered two or fewer walks in 15 starts. He finished the regular season with a 3-1 record and a 1.65 ERA (10 ER/54.2 IP) in nine games (eight starts) starting July 6. The nine-game run included a 7.0-inning complete game in which he allowed just one run on three hits while walking none and striking out seven, July 13 vs. Beloit.