CHICAGO -- Top prospect Javier Baez could have pouted and gone into a funk when he batted .172 in April at Triple-A Iowa. But hitting coach Brian Harper said what's impressed him is that the shortstop hasn't quit.
On Monday, Baez went 2-for-4 in Iowa's win over Albuquerque, and was 7-for-20 in his last five games.
"At the start of the season, he was struggling with a lot of things, and he's really responded after a lot of talks with a lot of guys -- Edgar Gonzalez, myself, [Iowa manager Marty] Pevey," Harper said. "I'm really proud of how he's handled the struggles, because he's never struggled. There have been short times, but not this length. I'm expecting him to do really well in the second half."
Baez, 21, has delivered when needed, batting .284 with runners in scoring position for the season. He's hitting .226 overall.
"In the long run, I think it'll help him in the big leagues," Harper said of the shortstop's early struggles. "I look at young players and not so much how they handle success, but how they handle failure, because you will fail in the big leagues at times. When you learn to handle that, you'll be better.
"I'm really, really proud of how he's responded from April to now, how he's gone about working, how he's playing, how he's hustling," Harper said.
Bryant continues home run tear at Triple-A
CHICAGO -- Kris Bryant hit his fourth home run in five games with Triple-A Iowa on Monday, and now is 4-for-18. That's right -- all of his hits have been home runs.
Bryant, promoted to Triple-A last Thursday after dominating at Double-A Tennessee, where he did hit more than home runs, has gotten a lot of attention, including from Cubs manager Rick Renteria.
"As an organization, and probably as a city, everybody's happy the guys who have been touted and have been coming through the system are performing well," Renteria said Monday. "There might be a hiccup here or there, but I'm glad all the guys in our system continue to chip away at their development and are getting better. They make us an organization better and someday, they'll make us all as Cubs better."
Bryant, the second player taken overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, batted .355 with 22 home runs and 58 RBIs in 68 games at Tennessee.
• Catcher Kyle Schwarber batted .600 (12-for-20) with four home runs, a double and a triple in his first five professional games with Class A Boise, and was named the Northwest League hitter of the week on Monday. Schwarber, who was promoted to Class A Kane County, was the Cubs' No. 1 pick in this June's First-Year Player Draft, and the fourth player taken overall.
• Rubi Silva was named Southern League hitter of the week for June 16-22, after batting .467 (7-for-15) with a triple, two homers, four RBIs and two stolen bases for Double-A Tennessee. He was batting .256 for the season. Silva is the third Smokies player this season to receive the weekly honor, joining Bryant and pitcher Corey Black.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.