Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant finally hit his first major league home run in his 21st game on Saturday. He hit his first Wrigley Field home run on Monday, drilling a Jacob DeGrom 2-1 fastball into the recently renovated bleachers in left-center to give the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Bryant is now batting .265/.396/.410 with two home runs and 19 RBI on the season. He entered the 2015 campaign rated as the #1 overall prospect in baseball according to Baseball America.
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The Athletic’s Jayson Stark reports that the Giants have signed 1B/OF Darin Ruf to a minor league contract.
Ruf, 33, played parts of five seasons in the majors with the Phillies from 2012-16, enjoying occasional offensive success. He spent the last three seasons in the KBO League in South Korea with the Samsung Lions, reigniting his career. Ruf hit an aggregate .313/.404/.564 with 86 home runs and 350 RBI over 1,756 plate appearances.
Ruf joins an ever-increasing list of players whose major league careers fizzled out, then found new life overseas — Eric Thames and Miles Mikolas are a couple of examples. Ruf will hope to prove himself as a big leaguer once more in spring training with the Giants.