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Cubs' Joe Maddon impressed by Kris Bryant
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(3/1/15) Cubs manager Joe Maddon said third baseman Kris Bryant has been one of the most impressive position players this spring, reports MLB.com
"He's solid, he's motivated," Maddon said. "He's got a really nice way about him. He's really good, he knows he's really good, but he carries that very well. I like that. False humility doesn't do anything. It's kind of a worthless quality. I think his humility is sincere, but he also knows that he's good."
Despite Maddon's endorsement of Bryant, Maddon would not commit to Bryant making the Opening Day roster.
"Somewhere," Maddon said. "There's all kinds of Opening Days."
Cubs' Kris Bryant to see time in the outfield this spring
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(2/23/15) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant will learn to play the outfield this spring, according to CBSChicago.com.
Bryant met with manager Joe Maddon, and it was determined that the 23-year-old would see some time in the outfield during camp. "I think if you ask him, he would say he prefers to play third base. As a team member he is prepared to go to the outfield," Maddon said.
Bryant will continue to play third, but Maddon said playing multiple positions could open up more opportunities down the road.
Bryant hit a ridiculous .325/.438/.661 over two minor-league levels last year.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon: Kris Bryant 'gets it'
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/23/15) Cubs manager Joe Maddon is just getting to meet all of his prospects as they stream in for spring training. The skipper seems to have taken a liking to top prospect Kris Bryant after having a conversation with him.
"He gets it," Maddon said Monday to ESPN.com. "Great body, great power, good arm. A lot of good things, but he gets it. Meaning that he understands the work involved necessary to be great. He's rather humble for me. He knows he’s good but there’s humility about it too."
Maddon went on to say he thinks Bryant is "probably a good long-term solution" at third base for the club.
Maddon: Third base 'wide open' for Cubs
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(2/20/15) New Cubs manager Joe Maddon met with the media at spring training on Friday and admitted he had no idea who would be playing third base for the team.
Maddon declared the battle for the hot corner wide open.
The competition seems to boil down the three options. Mike Olt played 52 games at third for the Cubs last season. He hit .160 with 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He enters spring training as the likely favorite.
Kris Bryant is the team's third baseman of the future. The second overall pick in the 2013 draft, shot through the farm system in a year and a half. He played 70 games at Triple-A Iowa last season, hitting .295 with 21 home runs and 52 RBI. He hasn't yet made his Major League debut.
Arismendy Alcantara is also an option. The versatile rookie played 48 games in center and 25 at second base last season and has been praised as being capable of playing anywhere on the field. He hit .205 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI.
Cubs' Kris Bryant not worried about service time
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(2/18/15) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant isn't going to let service time concerns bother him this season, according to MLB.com.
Bryant is considered one of the top prospects in the game, and is close to reaching the majors, but the Cubs could opt to delay a promotion in order to play around with his service time. If that happens, Bryant isn't worried about it. "I think I have a pretty good grasp of [service time issue] but I don’t look into it at all," Bryant said. "I don’t make those decisions, I make the decisions on the field for me and how hard I play and that’s all I can control."
The 23-year-old does seem to have a clear path to the majors, especially after the team dealt Luis Valbuena during the offseason. Still, the Cubs can attempt to get by with a stop gap for a few months in order to get an extra year of control on Bryant.
Bryant obliterated the minors last year, hitting .325/.438/.661, with 43 home runs, over two levels.
|2014 summary: Kris Bryant showed he was ready for the upper minors after getting drafted as the second overall pick the previous summer in the MLB amateur draft. Earning the MiLBY Award for Top Offensive Player and hitting more home runs (43) than any other minor leaguer, Bryant did everything short of getting promoted to the Cubs. Splitting his time between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, Bryant did more than bash home runs, batting .325 and stealing 15 bases.|
Playing time status: Bryant will almost certainly spend some time with the Cubs; the only question is when he will arrive. A midseason debut seems like a worst-case scenario, and when he does get promoted, he is expected to serve as the Cubs' regular third baseman.
2015 outlook: Even if Bryant doesn't spend the full season up in the majors, he is worth drafting in standard mixed leagues for the portion that he'll play. The middle rounds are not too early to stake your claim for the Rookie of the Year candidate.
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