Once again it's time to vote for the BCB Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for August! I pick one player from each team and you vote for whomever you want. As always, this award is meant to be for performance and not for prospect status. I'll announce the winner in the Minor League Playoff Wrap tomorrow.
We'll also do a vote for the Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Year later in the week.
With that, the nominees are
Iowa Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant: I didn't think Bryant had that big a month because it didn't seem like he was destroying the league like he had been. But looking at his numbers, it's pretty darn scary that this was a "down" month for Bryant. Bryant hit .274/.435/.579 with eight home runs and 19 RBI along with 24 runs scored. Pitchers in the PCL started trying to pitch around him as he walked 23 times in 28 games, including three times intentionally. (Probably more than that actually, but only three times that were officially intentional walks) The one downside on the month was that he struck out 36 times. Jorge Soler also had a great month in Iowa, but his late promotion was the difference between the two as Soler played fewer games.
Tennessee Smokies catcher Taylor Davis: The Smokies had a pretty awful late-season collapse, but it wasn't Davis' fault. He played 21 games and hit an eye-popping .358/.433/.547 with two home runs and ten RBI. He walked more than he struck out with six walks to four strikeouts.
Daytona Cubs catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber: While I could have nominated about five D-Cubs for this award, Schwarber was a big reason for the D-Cubs second-half title. He had a home run streak of five games (hitting six in that span) and hit eight overall in the month. In 28 games in August, Schwarber hit .330/.403/.660 with 17 RBI and 20 runs scored.
Kane County Cougars second baseman Danny Lockhart: So Lockhart didn't hit a home run in August. That's about the only thing bad I can say about his month. In 24 games Lockhart hit .330/.398/.484 with six doubles and four triples. He even stole six bases in eight attempts. And of course, he's solid as a rock at second base.
Boise Hawks outfielder Charcer Burks: Burks was the everyday centerfielder and batted second for the Hawks for most of the month. He came through with a .302/.419/.375 line with four steals as the Hawks clinched their fourth straight trip to the postseason. In another year or another organization, Burks would be getting a lot more buzz than he has been.
HONORABLE MENTION: Iowa Cubs designated hitter Manny Ramirez. Just because.