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76 Kris Bryant 3B
Height/Weight: 6-5/215 | Birthdate: 1/4/1992 | Birthplace: Las Vegas, NV | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Chicago | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 39/1 | Average Draft Position: 100.55
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Maddon: Cubs will play Kris Bryant in the outfield more


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) 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
(3/27/2015) 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
(3/25/2015) 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."


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant set to begin outfield work


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant (shoulder) will likely start outfield drills Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

"Speaking to him, he was all for it," manager Joe Maddon said. "I think he understands the ability to play more than one position, how that benefits you in the future as a major-league baseball player. His tools play in both spots. He’s very confident with the glove, runs well, has a fine arm."

Bryant didn't play third base for more than a week as he battled shoulder fatigue but he did test his shoulder with five throws to first base Saturday.

"He was not pushing the ball, the arm strength was where it was supposed to be," Maddon said.

Bryant leads all players with eight spring home runs.

"It’s been impressive, it’s been very impressive," Maddon said. "I give him a lot of credit because he’s coming in here with a lot of expectations, wanting to win a job, and he hasn’t blinked, man. He hasn’t blinked at all."


Cubs' Kris Bryant homers off Felix Hernandez, seventh of spring


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant continued his red hot spring, hitting his seventh home run in 10 games on Saturday. 

Facing Felix Hernandez, Bryant hit a 2-2 pitch to deep left for a two-run shot in the first inning. His seven home runs are the most of any player this spring. He also had an eighth in a split squad game. 

It's the first time in Bryant's professional career, at any level, that he's had seven homers in a 10-game span. 

"I've said all along, I'm playing with a chip on my shoulder and at the same time, having fun," Bryant said to MLB.com. "You can't beat baseball right now — the sun shining. Hopefully, we get the win today."


Cubs' Bryant to get shot at 3B Saturday, Fowler, Coghlan healing


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/20/2015) Highly touted prospect Kris Bryant is scheduled to play third base on Saturday, according to MLB.com, while outfielders Chris Coghlan and Dexter Fowler recover from minor injuries from foul balls. 

Bryant has been dealing with a shoulder injury, and while the Cubs have been patient in bringing him along, the prospect homered in a B game Thursday. 

Coghlan and Fowler were both nicked up in Thursday's game, although both of their injuries are minor. 


Cubs' Kris Bryant tests shoulder Thursday, could play 3B soon


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant tested his injured shoulder by throwing Thursday and will be re-evaluated Friday, MLB.com reports.

Bryant could return to action at third base soon, provided he doesn't suffer any setbacks with his recovery. He blasted yet another spring home run while serving as the designated hitter in a "B" game Thursday. Bryant could head to Triple-A Iowa to begin the season, as the team can gain an extra year of control by delaying the start of his service clock, before joining the team after a few weeks in the minors.


Cubs prospect Kris Bryant to lineup as DH Thursday in 'B' game


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is expected to be the designated hitter in a "B" game Thursday, according to The Chicago Tribune.

Bryant, who was given the day off Tuesday to rest his shoulder, is being told to be patient with the injury by manager Joe Maddon. The young prospect has been told to adjust his throwing style to prevent such discomfort in his shoulder.

He leads all of spring training with six home runs. Bryant is still unsure of his status for Opening Day and whether he will be in the majors or minors, according to ESPN.

"I'm hearing from teammates that they want me up and I'm doing well and everyone is telling me I'm progressing well," Bryant said. "It's kind of sending me mixed messages to me. But it definitely is refreshing to hear from teammates that they want me up there and other coaches around the league that I happen to know personally from the fall league and stuff who tell me how well I'm doing. I don't let it get to my head but it's nice to hear from your teammates and peers around here."


Cubs' Bryant gets another day off, should play 3B Thursday, Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant was given a day of rest on Tuesday because of shoulder fatigue, according to MLB.com.

Bryant tested his shoulder by throwing from approximately 90 feet on Monday, and said he's not willing to change his throwing motion to prevent soreness. He added that he'd be on the field if this wasn't spring training

"Changing the arm angle is not good for you, so I'm focusing on repeating the motion, just like a pitcher would," Bryant said. "If this was the season, I would definitely be playing through it."

The Cubs have been taking a cautious approach with his issue, limiting him only to DH duties until his shoulder is back at 100 percent this spring. Manager Joe Maddon said he should be back at third base Thursday of Friday, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.

Bryant leads spring training with six home runs. He hitting .435 over 23 at-bats in nine Grapefruit League games.


Cubs decision on Kris Bryant will be 'baseball decision'


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Cubs third-base prospect Kris Bryant is making a strong statement this spring on why he should make the team. The second-overall pick in the 2013 draft and last year's Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year is hitting .450 this spring with six home runs and nine RBI. 

However, there's also something making a strong statement that Bryant should start the season in the minor leagues: Money. If Bryant stays in the minors until mid-season, he'll have to wait an additional year to qualify for free agency, giving the Cubs an extra year of Bryant's services on his rookie salary. 

Cubs general manager Theo Epstein told MLB Network's Jon Morosi that the decision hasn't been made. 

"We haven't picked the roster yet," Epstein said. "He's putting on a show offensively and working hard on his defense."

Epstein also denied that finances would play a role in where Bryant starts the season. "We'll make a baseball decision as we always do," he said. 


Cubs 3B Kris Bryant will throw from 90 feet to test shoulder


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant is expected to test his shoulder on Monday by throwing from approximately 90 feet, according to MLB.com. The Cubs are taking a cautious approach with their prospect, limiting him only to DH duties for the time being.

"We're taking it slow," Bryant said. "There's no need to kill myself in spring training. I'd love to be back out on the field playing third base. We're just taking it slow. It's normal fatigue. I'm fine."


Cubs' Maddon on Kris Bryant: Shoulder fatigue not serious


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon acknowledged Sunday that third-base prospect Kris Bryant is dealing with shoulder fatigue but downplayed the issue as minor, the Chicago Tribune reports.

"We totally believe it's not anything serious," Maddon said. "We just want to be cautious."

Bryant was scratched from Saturday's lineup due to the issue but saw action later in the game as the designated hitter, swatting two home runs. He's 9 for 20 with a league-best six home runs this spring. No other player has managed more than three home runs.


Kris Bryant hits two home runs after lineup scratch


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was scratched from Saturday's start with shoulder fatigue.

His shoulder didn't need much rest. He entered the game as a designated hitter in the third inning and hit the first pitch he saw for a two-run home run. Three innings later, he added a solo shot. 

The outburst gives Bryant six home runs this spring. Not only does that lead the Majors, but he's out-homered five teams. 


Kris Bryant scratched from Cubs lineup, should still play


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Kris Bryant was scratched from the Cubs lineup on Saturday. Bryant was supposed to play third base, but the team announced that he wouldnt' start there, because of shoulder fatigue. The Cubs still plan to play Bryant as a mid-game replacement at designated hitter. 

Cubs' Joe Maddon impressed by Kris Bryant


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) 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
(2/23/2015) 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
(2/23/2015) 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
(2/20/2015) 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
(2/18/2015) 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. 


Bryant, Russell, Schwarber among Cubs' non-roster invites


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/6/2015) The Cubs announced Friday they handed out spring invites to 19 non-roster players, which includes some of their top prospects. Among the top prospects invited to spring training are Kris Bryant , Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber.

The remaining invites are Mike Baxter, Adron Chambers, Jonathan Herrera, Chris Valaika, Logan Watkins, Taylor Teagarden, Daniel Bard, Corey Black, Francisley Bueno, Anthony Carter, Hunter Cervenka, Jorge De Leon, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach.


Twins' Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by MLB.com


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/31/2015) Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was named the top prospect in baseball by MLB.com Friday.

Buxton played just 31 games in 2014 due to wrist and concussion issues and finished with a .240/.313/.405 line along with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases in 121 at-bats with high Class A Fort Myers. He also went 0 for 3 at the Double-A level. Buxton is making his second straight appearance atop MLB.com's top prospect list.

The rest of MLB.com's top-five prospects (in order) are Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Astros shotstop Carlos Correa, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell. None of the quartet appeared in the top five of last year's MLB.com prospect list, though all four cracked the top 12.


Trade of Valbuena doesn't mean Cubs are rushing Bryant to the majors


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday the trade of third baseman Luis Valbuena to Houston and third-base prospect Kris Bryant's roster situation are "totally independent" of each other.

Hoyer added Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella and Arismendy Alcantara could play at third base until Chicago feels Bryant is ready for the majors.

"We are not going to speed up that clock," Hoyer said, per ESPN.

Bryant, who was selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB draft, has developed into one of the top prospects in baseball. He hit .325 with 43 home runs and 110 RBI in 138 games in the minors in 2014.


Kris Bryant returns to Triple-A lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Cubs infield prospect Kris Bryant is back in the lineup Tuesday at Triple-A Iowa, his first game since leaving Saturday's with a bruised left foot. He is batting third and starting at third base for Tuesday's game, after appearing Monday as a pinch-hitter. 

Kris Bryant available to pinch-hit for Triple-A Iowa


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Triple-A Iowa manager Marty Pevey said Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant, who is day to day with a bruised foot, was able to run Monday, according to the Des Moines Register. He will take batting practice and be available to pinch-hit Monday.

Kris Bryant listed as day to day with foot bruise


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs prospect Kris Bryant has been diagnosed with a foot bruise after undergoing an MRI Sunday, according to the Chicago Tribune. He is listed as day to day and there is no timetable for his return.