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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||455.00||26.00||.266||77.00||64.00||7.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Pittsburgh||15||6||0|| .526|| .600|| .400|
|vs RHP||26||10||0|| .515|| .500|| .385|
|Last 10 Games|
Cubs' Joe Maddon praises Kris Bryant's batting eye
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(4/26/15) Cubs manager Joe Maddon had positive things to say about the batting eye of rookie third baseman Kris Bryant, who has eight walks in his first eight games, MLB.com reports.
"They're coming after him pretty hard right now," Maddon said of the way opponents are approaching Bryant. "To his credit, he's not swinging at everything, he's taking his walks. If he continues to do that, he'll continue to hit at a high pace. For right now, he's doing a nice job of not biting [at pitches out of the zone], and they keep trying to expand the strike zone, and he's not doing it."
Bryant has hit .379/.526/.517 with four doubles and seven RBI in 29 at-bats over his first eight games.
Union considering filing grievance on behalf of Cubs' Bryant
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(4/24/15) The Kris Bryant Era has begun wonderfully for the Cubs, who are benefitting from his immense talent. But despite his affable nature and outward joy over his situation, those close to Bryant have suggested he was unhappy about the timing of his promotion from Triple-A Iowa, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman has reported.
The two weeks Bryant spent in the minors after a dominant performance in exhibition play allowed the Cubs to add a year to his service time in Chicago. Heyman has stated that the player's union is consdering filing a grievance on his behalf in making that claim. After all, it was apparent in spring training that Bryant was ready to mash in the big leagues, which he is already doing.
Bryant slammed 43 home runs in 2014, earning Minor League Player of the Year honors in the process, then ripped nine more during the exhibition season before his demotion. He has continued to rake since joing the Cubs to the tune of a .360/.515/.520 slash line and seven RBI in just 25 at-bats. He is being pitched carefully, as his seven walks suggest.
Cubs 3B Kris Bryant earns first start in outfield Thursday
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/23/15) A day after playing in the outfield for the first time in his pro career, Cubs rookie Kris Bryant earned his first start in the outfield Thursday against the Pirates. Bryant started in center field, as Dexter Fowler was sidelined due to a groin injury.
Bryant, who started his first six games at third base, moved from third base to center field in the eighth inning Wednesday at Pittsburgh. He had one putout on one chance.
“It's something different," Bryant said, per The Chicago Tribune. "Obviously it’s not my position. It’s Dexter’s spot out there. I’m just going where they tell me. I’ll have fun with it.’’
Bryant is batting .409 (9 for 22) with six RBI, six walks, six strikeouts and four runs.
Cubs rookie Kris Bryant plays in outfield for first time in career
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(4/23/15) The Cubs surprisingly moved rookie third baseman Kris Bryant from the infield to center field in the eighth inning of Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Pirates. It was the first time in Bryant's pro career, including the minors, he made an appearance in the outfield.
Naturally, the Pirates didn't waste any time testing the highly touted prospect, as Neil Walker hit a fly ball to deep center field. Bryant, however, successfully made the out.
"We were joking around about that after the inning," Bryant said, per MLB.com. "I figured I'd get at least something out there."
Bryant had to play in the outfield after center fielder Dexter Fowler left the game with groin tightness, which left the Cubs short-handed on the bench as they are carrying 13 pitches. Prior to Wednesday, Bryant had played five games in the outfield in college and two games in spring training.
"Why not?" Bryant said of playing outfield in the majors. "I actually like center a lot better than the other two because you don't have to deal with the hooks of a righty smashing one down the left-field line, or a lefty smashing one down the right-field line. It was cool out there. Center field is fun."
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant continues hot start Monday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(4/20/15) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant went 3 for 4 at the plate in Chicago's 5-2 win over the Pirates Monday. Bryant drove in three of the team's five runs in the game, including the tying RBI in the fifth and go-ahead in the seventh.
"I try to go out there and do things the right way, on and off the field," Bryant said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I try to get better every day, and these special things that come along with it are just icing on the cake. I am focused on what I have to do here. Those things are just a thing on the side."
Bryant ripped his second double of the year to deep center off Arquimedes Caminero in the seventh to score Jorge Soler and Anthony Rizzo, before advancing to third on the throw to the plate and eventually scoring on a fielding error.
Bryant is now hitting .429 with four RBI in 14 at-bats this season.
|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.
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|4/28/15||PIT||8:05 pm||Jeff Locke|
|4/29/15||PIT||8:05 pm||Gerrit Cole|
|5/1/15||MIL||2:20 pm||Wily Peralta|
|5/2/15||MIL||2:20 pm||Mike Fiers|
|5/3/15||MIL||2:20 pm||Jimmy Nelson|
|5/4/15||@ STL||8:15 pm||Carlos Martinez|
|5/5/15||@ STL||8:15 pm||Adam Wainwright|