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17 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: 1 | Owned/Started%: 99/93 | Average Draft Position: 95.78
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Cubs' Joe Maddon praises Kris Bryant's batting eye


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2:47 pm ET) 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
(4/24/2015) 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
(4/23/2015) 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
(4/23/2015) 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
(4/20/2015) 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.


Kris Bryant reaches base five times in second game with Cubs


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Prized Cubs prospect Kris Bryant didn't tear the cover off the ball Saturday against San Diego, but he did manage a broken-bat single for the first hit of his career in the fifth inning. And he did see the fans give him a standing ovation for it.

Bryant finished 2-for-3 with three walks, a far cry from his hitless, three-strikeout effort Friday in his major league debut. He also committed his first error, allowing a Wil Myers bouncer kick off his glove to open the game.


Maddon: Don't overreact to dud of debut for Cubs 3B Bryant


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) The much-anticipated major league debut of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant fizzled out Friday when he struck out in each of his first three at-bats and finished 0-for-4 from the cleanup spot.

But the slugger, who tore up opposing pitchers in exhibition play and at Triple-A to start the year, did not have Chicago manager Joe Maddon complaining.

"Believe me, he's going to be fine, he'll be very productive here," Maddon told MLB.com. "That's just one game. He played really well in the infield, so that indicates he was not nervous."

Bryant struck out on three pitches in his first major league at-bat against tough San Diego ace James Shields. He grounded out in his final plate appearance.


Cubs' Kris Bryant officially promoted, will bat cleanup in MLB debut


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) After spending seven games at Triple-A Iowa to start the season, the Cubs officially promoted third base prospect Kris Bryant prior to Friday's matinee game against the Padres, per the team's official website. Bryant will bat cleaup in his first big-league game, becoming the youngest player (23 years, 103 days) to start and bat cleanup in his debut since Justin Morneau (22, 26) in 2003.

"I really can't put into words how good of a feeling this is," Bryant said, per ESPN. "The journey is just starting. This isn't where I want to end. I want to win a lot of games and win for the Cubs. This is a good starting point."

Bryant was taken with the No. 2 overall pick by the Cubs in the 2013 MLB June Amateur Draft, and is considered the club's top prospect. He thrived at the plate during spring training, going 17 for 40 and smacking an MLB-best nine home runs while driving in 15 runners. Chicago had the 23-year-old prospect start the season in the minors, which suggests the Cubs wanted to accrue an additional year of control of Bryant before he reaches free agency, per CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Now, Bryant won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season.

"There is no service-time issue. He's ready to be a Cub for a long time," president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said, per Comcast SportsNet Chicago.

He ended his stint with the Iowa Cubs with a three-run home run on his final at-bat Thursday night. He batted .321/.364/.679 with three homers and 10 RBI in 28 at-bats this season in the minors.

"Physically and talent-wise he is ready to be a Major League baseball player," manager Joe Maddon said, per MLB.com.


Cubs to promote 3B Kris Bryant Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) The Cubs are set to call up third base prospect Kris Bryant Friday, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman confirms.

Bryant enjoyed massive success this spring, going 17 for 40 and smacking nine home runs while driving in 15 runners. However, the team decided not to activate his service clock at the beginning of the season, sending him down to Triple-A Iowa, where he's 9 of 28 with three home runs, 10 RBI and two stolen bases.

Bryant, who was named the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America before the season, will serve as the team's regular third baseman in Chicago. ESPN Chicago initially broke the news of the impending promotion.


Joe Maddon: No promotion date given yet for 3B Kris Bryant


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon told reporters he has not been given a promotion date for top prospect Kris Bryant, according to WSCR-AM on Wednesday.

Bryant drew a walk, scored a run but finished 0 for 3 in a Triple-A game on Wednesday. He is hitting .381/.375/.714 with two homers and seven RBI in six minor-league games. The 23-year-old was one of the best hitters in spring training, going 17 for 40 with an MLB-best nine home runs and 15 RBI.

If Bryant is in Triple-A for the first few weeks of the season, the Cubs will accrue an additional year of control of Bryant before he reaches free agency. He could begin his big-league career as early as Friday, per MLB.com.


Cubs weren't considering calling up Kris Bryant for Tommy La Stella


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Cubs manager Joe Maddon wasn't considering calling up top prospect Kris Bryant when the team placed Tommy La Stella on the disabled list, reports ESPN.com.

Maddon was concerned with bullpen depth after it was used a lot in the weekend series, leading to the decision to call up Zac Rosscup. Bryant is tearing it up in Triple-A, posting a .381/.375/.714 slash line in 21 at-bats this season.


Cubs' Kris Bryant hits first homer of year at Triple-A


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant , who led MLB in home runs in spring training, continued to make a case for a big-league roster spot. 

Bryant was sent down at the end of spring training. He hit his first home run of the season at Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. 

Bryant hit a 1-0 pitch to left for a two-run shot in the ninth inning. Bryant went three for four with three RBI, three runs, a double and a homer. In three games at Iowa, he's hitting .333 and slugging .667.

"The first two nights, I didn't get much to hit and I was kind of going out of my comfort zone," Bryant said, per MLB.com. "Tonight I told myself to be a little more patient, wait 'em out and I got some more pitches to hit. It was a good night."


Joe Maddon focuses on Cubs roster, not Kris Bryant's season debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2015) Highly touted Cubs prospect Kris Bryant made his season debut Thursday for Triple-A Iowa, going 1 for 4 with one stolen base. While plenty of folks were interested in what Bryant did in his season debut, one person who wasn't paying attention was Cubs manager Joe Maddon.

"I’m just being honest. I have too much to do here," Maddon said, per the Chicago Tribune. "I’ll hear the scuttlebutt during the day. I may ask for a stat sheet from a minor-league situation. I can look up everybody. I get so locked into what I’m doing here."

While Bryant made a strong impression this spring, the Cubs still opted to start him in the minors. His MLB debut might not be too far off in the future, but for now Maddon wants to keep his focus on the major-league roster.

“My concern is Mike Olt and getting (Tommy) La Stella involved and everybody here trying to help make them as possibly good as they possibly be," he said. :And of course, the game planning, talking to the coaches regarding what they’re doing and different nuances of the other team. I really mean that.

"In Tampa Bay, I was the same way. I get involved with what's going on here now. Trust everybody. That’s the whole thing. Everyone’s got a job to do, and you trust everybody doing their job."


Cubs will wait until the time is right to call up Kris Bryant


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) 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
(3/30/2015) 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
(3/29/2015) 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.