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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: 140.50
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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.

Kris Bryant removed from Triple-A game with toe issue


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) Cubs Triple-A third baseman Kris Bryant had to come out of Saturday's game with a toe injury.

X-rays on Bryant's big toe were inconclusive, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He's set to undergo an MRI Sunday. Bryant entered play Saturday with a .333/.439/.678 line along with 40 home runs, 105 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 444 at-bats between Double-A and Triple-A.


No guarantee Kris Bryant makes MLB debut in 2014


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant continues to post ridiculous numbers in the minors. Over his last 10 games for Triple-A Iowa, he has a .387/.548/.774/1.322 slash line with three doubles, three home runs and seven RBI.

Since his promotion from Double-A, Bryant is batting .321 with 13 doubles, 14 home runs and 36 RBI in 46 games. For the season, he is batting .341 with a .446 on-base percentage, .685 slugging percentage and 1.131 OPS in 114 games.

It seems Bryant has nothing left to prove in the minors, but Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer told MLB Network Radio Wednesday there's no guarantee Bryant will make his major-league debut this season.

"I wouldn't rule it out, but it's not guaranteed either," Hoyer said. "We are trying to stagger callups and 40-man (roster is) a factor."


Cubs considering moving Kris Bryant to right field


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) The Cubs have had internal discussions about transitioning prospect Kris Bryant from third base to right field, according to CSN Chicago. However, the talks have not progressed to making that move just yet.

"He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said. "He played center in college, and he’s played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he’s working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging.

"In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn’t put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."


Kris Bryant hopes to stick at third base in majors


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2014) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant has 24 errors in 117 career minor-league games at third base, but he believes he's getting better defensively and would like to stay at the hot corner as a major-leaguer, Comcast SportsNet Chicago reports.

"I think my defense has gotten a whole lot better," Bryant said. "Coming into the year, there was a lot of talk about where I'd be playing -- outfield, third base. But I think I've come in and worked really hard to stay at third base and I sure hope to stay there. But if the time comes where I need to move a position, I'm all for it."

Bryant participated in the Futures game at Target Field Sunday, drawing a walk and striking out twice in four plate appearances. The 2013 first-round pick owns a share of the minor-league lead in home runs this year, hitting .346/.444/.701 with 31 home runs, 81 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 335 at-bats between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. Despite his excellent offensive numbers, Bryant isn't expected earn a call-up anytime soon.


GM: Kris Bryant likely won't be with Cubs in 2014


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/20/2014) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been promoted to Triple-A and has already homered at that level, but that will probably be as far as he ascends this season, according to president of baseball operations Theo Epstein.

Epstein told ESPN that he doesn't "foresee" Bryant being elevated to the big league club at any point this year despite his tremendous numbers in the minors. Bryant boasts a .353/.455/.706 stat line at two levels combined in 2014 with 23 home runs.


Kris Bryant still has a ways to go


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/18/2014) Kris Bryant's promotion to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday is certainly a positive -- and yes, overdue -- step in his development. He was only leading the Southern League in just about every offensive category, batting .355 with 22 home runs and an 1.160 OPS at Double-A Tennessee.

But as I wrote in this week's Prospects Report, it may be his last promotion this year.

I go into the reasons in the column, but the Cubs have far more to lose than gain by rushing him to the big leagues for another last-place finish. And make no mistake: Regardless of how he performs at Triple-A, they would be rushing him. At this time a year ago, he hadn't even played a minor-league game.

Those who stash him in a standard mixed league are liable to be as disappointed as the those who stashed George Springer last season. In anything deeper, maybe you could afford to take a what-do-you-have-to-lose approach to that final roster spot, but when you're fighting for a playoff spot, you can't commit to playing the rest of the season a man down. And for a player just promoted to Triple-A, it would probably be a rest-of-season commitment.


Kris Bryant announces promotion to Triple-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2014) Cubs stud third base prospect Kris Bryant tweeted Wednesday that he has been promoted to Triple-A Iowa.

The 22-year-old Bryant was tearing it up at Double-A Tennessee. He had 22 home runs and 58 RBI in just 297 at-bats and owned an eye-popping stat line of .355/.458/.702. He did rack up 77 strikeouts.


Will we see Kris Bryant in the majors in 2014?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) If you took a gander at this week's Waiver Wire column, you saw that I'm confident Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant will be in the majors this season. I know Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer like for prospects to log heavy playing time at Triple-A before being promoted to the majors, but Bryant is proving he's no ordinary prospect.

If you are concerned about the Cubs not wanting to promote Bryant because of Super-2 status, I don't think that's a major factor at all, especially since clubs are locking up their top prospects with long-term deals. Surely, Bryant is going to be in that mix, so it basically comes down to when the Cubs feel he's ready.

The Cubs aren't built to contend this season and there's really no need to rush Bryant to the majors other than the fact they might want to see how he handles major-league pitching and drawing fans to the ballpark. Bryant is one of those players that can definitely sell seats. 

I feel a promotion to Triple-A is far more likely for Bryant in the near future than a jump to the majors, but I'm still hopeful we will see him in the majors later this season.


Kris Bryant continues to rake in minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant continues to dominate the minors.

Bryant went 4 for 4, with a home run during Wednesday's game. Through 51 games, he leads the Southern League in eight different stat categories. Bryant is hitting .349, with 15 home runs in 186 at-bats. Despite his dominance, the team is expected to keep Bryant in the minors for the rest of the year. He's currently in Double-A, and the team could promote him to Triple-A at some point this season.


Kris Bryant continues to dominate minors


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2014) Cubs prospect Kris Bryant continues to rake in the minors.

Bryant went 3 for 4 Thursday, clubbing his ninth home run. The 22-year-old is hitting .328/.437/.630 in 119 at-bats at Double-A. While he's not expected to get the call this season, he's started to look like a standout building block for Chicago.


Kris Bryant smacks four hits Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2014) Cubs prospect Kris Bryant smacked four hits Saturday.

Bryant is once again tearing up the minors. Through 123 plate appearances, he's posted a .304/.423/.559 slash line. He's already hit six home runs. Bryant is currently at Double-A, and should be called up to Triple-A before the season ends. There's a chance he'll be promoted to the majors this season, but will more likely compete for a starting job next spring. 


Kris Bryant overcoming whiffs for fine start in Double-A


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been plagued by strikeouts at Double-A Tennessee to start the 2014 season, but all else has been positive.

The 22-year-old Bryant has nine hits in his last 23 at-bats with a home run and five RBI in raising his average to .311. He also boasts a fine .440 on-base percentage and has four stolen bases.


Cubs option four, re-assign five Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) The Cubs optioned infielders Arismendy Alcantara and Logan Watkins and outfielders Jorge Soler and Matt Szczur Wednesday, while also re-assigning infielders Kris Bryant and Jeudy Valdez, outfielder Albert Almora and pitchers Carlos Pimentel and Eric Jokisch to minor-league camp.

Kris Bryant hits first spring home run Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant smacked a two-run home run, driving in outfield prospect Albert Almora, in the seventh inning of his team's 15-3 loss to the Angels Friday.

"It was kind of cool — Albert got on with a double, Jorge [Soler], he had some good swings, and then I drove in Albert," Bryant told MLB.com. "Hopefully, we can do that a lot in the future."

Bryant is on the fast track to the majors after being selected second overall in last year's draft.


Consistent offensive approach key for Cubs' top prospects


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2014) Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod outlined to MLB Network Radio Tuesday what it would take for prospects Kris Bryant and Javier Baez to debut in 2014.

"They need to be consistent offensively in their approach, and the quality of plate appearances," McLeod said.