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Cubs prospect Kris Bryant named Arizona Fall League MVP

Nov 16, 2013, 4:01 PM EST

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Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant was announced this afternoon as the winner of the “Joe Black Award” for the Most Valuable Player of the Arizona Fall League, per Bernie Pleskoff of MLB.com.

Bryant, who was selected No. 2 overall in this June’s draft, batted .364/.457/.727 with six home runs, eight doubles and 18 RBI over 20 games with the Mesa Solar Sox. The 21-year-old led the Arizona Fall League in home runs and OPS (1.184) while tying the Angels’ C.J. Cron for the lead in total bases with 56. Bryant and Cron were actually teammates this fall, so it’s no surprise that the Solar Sox are playing in the league’s title game on MLB Network right now.

Bryant mashed in his first taste of pro ball this season, batting .336/.390/.688 with nine home runs and 32 RBI over 36 games between rookie ball, Low-A Boise, and High-A Daytona. While he may end up in a corner outfielder spot in the long run, it looks like he’s on the fast track to contributing at the big league level.

  1. krenshaws - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Too bad the Cubs won’t compete until 2015 at the very earliest. Thank you terrible ownership for refusing to at least attempt to put a competitive club on the field.

    • iammattchambers - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      As someone who grew up on the north side, I’m still amazed at how much other Cubbie fans complain. Seriously, you’d think it would stop after the first century – but here we are, huh?

      The headline of this article is: Cubs Prospect Wins Fall League MVP. I can’t remember the last time I’ve actually had a reason to hope for a turnaround – I don’t think I’ve ever seen our farm system this good.

      I know that it may be frustrating to again hear about the importance of staying the course, but honestly, you ought to be used to frustration by now anyway.

      I’m still angry about ’03.

      • krenshaws - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:49 PM

        Cutting payroll by 50% sure makes the ownership look like they want to win.

    • johncox21 - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:33 PM

      You do realize in order to be able to have the great farm system that they have, they ha to trade many of those mlb caliber guys that your complaining about not having. Would you rather have these studs coming up or still have zambrono, marshal, garza, soto, and so on?? I know I dont

      • krenshaws - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        Marshall netted Wood so yea a lefty starter for a great reliever was a great trade for a quality MLB starter. They gave Zombrono and Soto away so I don’t really get what you are getting at.

  2. toreup - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    one of the best prospects in the game. kid is going to be a star real soon.

    • aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      and Maikel Franco is going to be a Galaxy real soon.

  3. aphillieated - Nov 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Next Ryan Braun without the PEDs.

  4. 21stnprime - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    Las Vegas

  5. Iain - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Now I’ve only followed the Cubs for a dozen years or so, so I don’t have the decades of agony to flash back to, but anyone who can’t see that in a remarkably short period of time the organisation has gone from having no farm system worth the name to one of the strongest in baseball isn’t looking closely enough.

  6. countduku - Nov 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    A future MLB all-star. At least the Cubs are set at 3b for many years to come. Now if only they could do something about the other 8 positions. I too am dissapointed in the job Theo Epstein has done since arriving in chicago. Kris Bryant is finally a true step forward.

  7. markofapro - Nov 16, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    And what to do with Olt?

    • paperlions - Nov 17, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      First, Olt is going to have to remember how to hit.

    • tfilarski - Nov 18, 2013 at 9:18 AM

      Possibly trade for top pitching? Keep the faith

  8. Uncle Charlie - Nov 17, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Yeah, what a terrible job by Epstein and Boyer, they’re only stacked at 3b, ss, and 1b. Will have plus talent shifted to 2b, have almora & soler in the OF, and have several big arms in the rotation and pen.
    Just pitiful.

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