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When will the Cubs call up stud prospect Kris Bryant?

Jun 4, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Tomorrow night the Cubs will pick fourth overall in this year’s draft, but last year’s No. 2 overall pick, third baseman Kris Bryant, is already banging down the door to the big leagues.

Or at least he could be, based on the damage he’s done against Double-A pitching with a .353 batting average, 19 homers, 15 doubles, and a 1.160 OPS in 57 games at age 22.

However, when asked about simply promoting Bryant from Double-A to Triple-A–and not even to the majors–in the near future Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer indicated that’s not in the plans, telling Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com:

Certainly, we tell every prospect to go dominate, and he’s obviously doing that. I think we probably want to see it for a little bit longer. It’s only been two months at that level. He’s been sort of skipping up through the system without really a lot of time at one level. But everything from defense to base-running to what he’s done offensively–I know he’s everything we had hoped for and hopefully he’ll keep it up.

It’s worth noting that most teams don’t really consider Triple-A a whole lot different than Double-A and in fact many teams prefer to keep prospects at Double-A before promoting them to the majors. However, it certainly doesn’t sound like the Cubs are close to letting Bryant make his big-league debut, which means he might put up some ridiculous numbers at Double-A this season.

Counting what he did at Single-A last season after signing Bryant has now hit .346 with 28 homers, 29 doubles, and 47 walks in 93 games as a professional, producing a .434 on-base percentage, .696 slugging percentage, and 1.130 OPS.

  1. holleywood9 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Why would we bring him up and risk being anywhere but last place

    • El Bravo - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      “We”? Do the Cubs have you on payroll? Do tell.

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        Ugh – does it bug anyone else when people make snide remarks when someone refers to their team using “us” or “we”? Obviously holleywood9 is not a member of the Cubs organization, but what makes sports great is the feeling of belonging to a fan base, and in a broader context, a part of a big team – with emotions, and excitement tied to achieving a common goal. So who the heck cares what pronoun he decides to use when referring to the team he is a fan of?

      • El Bravo - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:15 PM

        Ugh, who else is tired of commentary about snide remarks about people using the wrong pronouns when it comes to their rooting interests.

      • dangle13x - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:48 PM

        Get a grip El Bravo. What exactly was the point of your asinine comment? I’m sure you are just a terrific person.

      • dangle13x - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:52 PM

        Well there are at least 3 other equally miserable douche bags out there.

      • El Bravo - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:12 PM

        We am terrific. Did we use that pronoun right?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:37 PM

        Somebody didn’t get hugged enough as a child.

        or too much. whatever the case.

    • apeville - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:58 PM

      I’m selfish- am loving watching him here in Tennessee. But yeah- if he keeps up, he’s going to be the real deal.

  2. wilmyers09 - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    next miggy

  3. mazblast - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    The Cubs are going nowhere this year, so why not let Bryant develop and perhaps work on his defense at 3B, where he’s not exactly stellar. I saw him in the Arizona Fall League last November, and the verdict of my friends and I was “bat ready, glove ability is there but needs a lot of work…” Makes some really fine plays, then botches the routine ones.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:11 PM

      Agreed – let the kid refine his craft and then come up when he’s 100% ready.

      • tfilarski - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:53 PM

        aren’t they going to move him to out field?

      • steelpenbucs87 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:02 AM

        I hadn’t heard that, but I admittedly don’t follow the Cubs farm system closely (or as closely as I should given their division and the wealth of talent). I’m not sure what moving him to the outfield would accomplish though really. He’s not being blocked at 3rd at a major league level unless they imagine one of their middle infield prospects moving to 3rd at some point.

  4. okobojicat - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    The Cubs also have another prospect at 3B they are currently trying out. They’re trying to figure out if the 2012 Mike Olt is the real deal, or if his injured 2013 is more what can be expected. He’s only been up for 50 games. There is no reason to push him of 3B until he really proves he’s not the answer.

    I would expect Bryant to get around 50 plate appearances in Sept and then start next year at AAA and be in show by End of May 2015.

  5. jwbiii - Jun 4, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Bryant also strikes a lot. As in more often than Adam Dunn struck out AA.

    • jeffbbf - Jun 4, 2014 at 8:59 PM

      I had heard he struck out a ton, but it never occurred to me that this guy’s BABIP must be astronomical. Went over to baseball reference and calculated it: drumroll please…. .518! 73-207 with 66 strikeouts!

  6. tfilarski - Jun 4, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    if they do decide to bring him up, it is not until they’re ready to bring baez up as well. that way there is not as much pressure on just one of them to perform.

  7. tjg25 - Jun 5, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    He’s easily the greatest baseball player ever to live.

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