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Cubs likely to send No. 2 pick Kris Bryant to Double-A

Jan 16, 2014, 1:50 PM EDT

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Kris Bryant had a big pro debut after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Cubs in June, hitting .336 with nine homers and a 1.078 OPS in 36 games between three different levels in the low minors.

And the Cubs were so impressed by the former University of San Diego slugger that they’re leaning toward sending him to Double-A to begin this season, as scouting director Jason McLeod told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Once stud prospects reach Double-A the jump to the majors can happen in a hurry, particularly with teams often stocking Triple-A with veterans rather than prospects. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Bryant at Wrigley Field some time this summer.

  1. sincitybonobo - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Hang in there, Cubs fans. Most teams would trade their top prospects for yours in a heartbeat.

    Bryant’s a Vegas kid. When he was with Boise, I saw him play in Everett last season. Bark In The Park night. I sat next to a beagle.

    He’s got crazy power and is a very polished hitter. If his numbers continue like this, Theo will have no choice but to start his clock after Memorial Day.

    • skids003 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:27 PM

      Did the beagle behave?

      • sincitybonobo - Jan 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

        Perfectly. My min pin would have looked bad if he wasn’t back in Vegas.

  2. skids003 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    Dude can play!!

  3. tfbuckfutter - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    “Once stud prospects reach Double-A the jump to the majors can happen in a hurry, particularly with teams often stocking Triple-A with veterans rather than prospects.”

    Shouldn’t the Cubs be a little more focused on stocking their MLB roster?

  4. stex52 - Jan 16, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    I favored the Astros taking Bryant over Appel with the #1 choice. The kid looks tremendous.

    • sincitybonobo - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM

      The Crawford Boxes would be under sustained assault if they had.

      • stex52 - Jan 16, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        That would be a welcome change.

  5. dwrek5 - Jan 16, 2014 at 3:18 PM

    Dude was a man amongst boys in Daytona. Didnt he think he would be there long. Enjoyed it while it lasted!

  6. holleywood9 - Jan 16, 2014 at 5:51 PM

    Go cubs go

  7. blueshoebrawlers1977 - Jan 17, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    The major overhaul Epstein has undertaken with the beloved CUBBIES was much more than I believe anyone envisioned. To even look at the job he is doing without any hope for optimism is ludicrous. I have been a cubs fan for 30 years and have raised up two sons to be diehards as well. How much greater the gratitude is for the fan who remains faithful to his/her team…THERE IS NO GREATER EXCITEMENT THEN WATCHING YOUR FAVORITE ORGANIZATION BEGIN IT’S ASCENSION TO THE TOP OF THEIR RESPECTED SPORT. I am proud to say my family loves the Cubs & CubsNation as it is undisputedly the best organization and FANBASE in ALL of Sports! Although we may not see our Cubs hoisting the trophy this year, or winning the pennant…the excitement IS BUILDING as we see Theo do his job and do it at a very high level. There IS NO DOUBT he IS THE MAN for the job as it takes a lot of courage and strong convictions to stay the course and build an organization the right way. To create a competitive organization for not just today, but for the tommorow with sustained success. I think we are much closer to breaking out then the majority of sports media would like everyone to believe. Pitching IS KEY to winning in The Majors and our pitching IS BEING ADDRESSED on every level…would live to win The Tanaka Sweepstakes!!!! If we do, the entire landscape of power will be shaken to it’s core!!!! GoCubsGo

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