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Cubs will wait until the time is right to call up Kris Bryant
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2:16 pm ET) Cubs manager Joe Maddon and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein both know Kris Bryant has the talent to make it in the major leagues. But both expressed concern about having him for the long haul over his entire career Tuesday, reports MLB.com.
"I'm not going to sit here and tell you that you wouldn't want him in your lineup -- there's no question you want him in your lineup," Maddon said. "He's also 23. I'm looking forward to working with this guy for the next 15 years. That'll make me 76. If I'm the next Jack McKeon, I'll be working with this guy when I'm 76 years of age."
Bryant hit a spring training high nine home runs in 40 at-bats while posting a .425 average.
"I'm not saying we're right all the time or right on this issue," Epstein said, "but we have a pretty good track record of bringing along young talent and helping them get off to a good start in their Major League careers, and the way we've done it is to wait for just the right moment."
Maddon thinks he's handled the difficult situation extremely well.
"I put myself in the guy's shoes," Maddon said. "What was my brain like at that age? What was I capable of handling at that age? He's got me beat like so much right now as to what I would've done or been able to handle this at that moment. It's not easy. There's so many things coming at you from so many different directions, and he's done a wonderful job."
Cubs option Javier Baez, reassign Kris Bryant, Addison Russell
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/30/15) The Cubs cut three of their key young players from major-league camp Monday, optioning infielder Javier Baez to Triple-A Iowa and reassigning third baseman Kris Bryant and shortstop Addison Russell to minor-league camp.
“I have a feeling they’ll be back at the right time and help us win a lot of games over the next many years," Cubs president Theo Epstein said, per CSNChicago.com.
Baez was initially expected to open the season as the team's starting second baseman after racking up 213 at-bats in his rookie season in 2014. He hit just .169/.227/.324 with nine home runs, 20 RBI and five stolen bases last season but also struck out 95 times. Baez struggled to make an impact at the plate this spring, collecting just nine hits in 52 at-bats while striking out 20 times.
"He’s so close to getting it figured out in the batter’s box. But we just feel like Triple-A is the right forum for him," Epstein said. "We all agree that Javy is an extremely talented player, who’s going to be a big part of this organization for a long time."
Bryant has been one of the best hitters in either spring-training league in 2015, going 17 for 40 with nine home runs and 15 RBI. He is expected to make his major-league debut during 2015. Russell, the biggest name from the trade that sent Jeff Samardzija to Oakland last season, hit .324/.359/.486 with one home run in 37 spring at-bats.
"We’re more likely to get (Bryant) sooner than later at this point with how he’s playing and how close he showed (he is to majors)," Epstein said. "He’s really close to being not just in the big leagues, but to playing an important role on the team."
With Baez and Bryant out of the picture, the Cubs will likely choose between Arismendy Alcantara, Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella for playing time at second base and third base.
Maddon: Cubs will play Kris Bryant in the outfield more
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/29/15) Kris Bryant got a start in left field for the Cubs on Sunday, the second time this spring he's played there.
Manager Joe Maddon would like to see Bryant there more. "You never know where the need will arise," Maddon said, per MLB.com. "All of a sudden, you could have a need here, and he hasn’t played there."
Maddon also thinks it will help Bryant at the plate. "I honestly believe it makes a younger hitter a better hitter," he said. "If he’s moving around a lot, and has to work with so many different defensive positions, he doesn’t worry so much about his hitting."
Cubs' Kris Bryant on Opening Day status: 'Why not me?'
|by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com|
|(3/27/15) Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has never started a rookie on Opening Day. Kris Bryant wants to be change that trend this season.
"I look at it as why not me?" Bryant said Friday, per MLB.com. "I think I'm the type of guy who can go out there and do it. I've made it a point of mine to show them that I can."
Epstein said Friday that no decision has been made regarding Bryant.
"It's for baseball reasons, and it hasn't been about anything else besides baseball reasons," Epstein said. "We spend a lot of time thinking about which players to draft, how to get them off to a good start in their professional careers, how to help them advance in the Minor Leagues, and how to help them make that final leap to the big leagues and when and how to do it to put them in a position to succeed."
Bryant is in the midst of a scorching hot spring, with nine homers in 32 at-bats. On Thursday, the 23-year-old prospect also showed some versatility by starting in left field against the Jered Weaver and the Angels.
"Yesterday was good for me to go out there and face a pitcher like Jered Weaver who has incredible stuff,” Bryant said. "He's a different type of pitcher and it was really good for me to go out there and struggle a little bit, see what he’s going to throw me and learn from it. I took it as a learning experience."
Bryant has three multi-home run games this spring. He is hitting .406/.472/1.313 in 12 Cactus League games.
New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred told reporters that Bryant's agent, Scott Boras, should not be involved in Chicago's roster decisions, even when it comes to Bryant, per the Chicago Tribune.
"Look, I don't think the Cubs decision on what’s going to happen to Kris Bryant is really any of Mr. Boras' business," Manfred said. "I think the Cubs -- I know the Cubs -- will make decisions that are best for the long term competitiveness of the club. And focusing on whether a particular player has played, or is with a club on a day, or days, I don’t think is a fair evaluation of what the club is up to.
"The club is in the best position, and the Cubs are in the best position, to decide what's going to make them the most competitive over the longest period of time."
Cubs' Kris Bryant on OF drill: 'I think it went very well'
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/25/15) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has begun outfield drills with coach Davey Martinez, with the coach instructing the prospect without the use of a glove, the Chicago Tribune reports.
"I just started catching the ball barehanded and just going over the basics," Bryant said about Tuesday's session. "That plays a part in getting to the ball quickly and having a good first step just like an infielder. I think it went very well."
Bryant was slated for more outfield drills Wednesday. He's 13 for 28 with nine home runs this spring and is scheduled to play left field in a game for the first time Thursday, ESPNChicago.com reports.
"Talking to Kris on a one-on-one level he really wants the chance to play out there, which I kind of somewhat like," manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday. "He actually wanted to. That makes it easier."
|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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