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Kris Bryant homered in his Triple-A debut (of course)

Jun 20, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant ended his Double-A career by winning the Home Run Derby at the All-Star game and last night he started his Triple-A career by homering in his first game.

Bryant went opposite field for a two-run homer, giving him 23 long balls in 69 total games this season between the two levels. And if you toss in his numbers in the low minors last year, plus his numbers at the University of San Diego before being drafted No. 2 overall last June, he’s got 63 homers in 167 games dating back to the start of 2013.

So far the Cubs’ front office has given every indication that Bryant will not be promoted to the big leagues this year, but it’s worth noting that as recently as two weeks ago they were also hinting pretty strongly that they had no plans to even promote him from Double-A to Triple-A. Hitting like he has–.353 with a 1.161 OPS overall–tends to change some plans.

  1. lyon810 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:16 PM

    Cubs, take it from an Angels fan, don’t hold your stud third base prospects in the minors forever

  2. wilmyers09 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Call him up during September call ups he is the next miggy i am telling you

    • aphillieated - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      lmao more like the next Mark Reynolds

    • erbaodai - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      How about the next Mike Schmidt without the fielding? He has absurd power, he walks but he also strikes out a ton.

  3. perryt200 - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Knowing the Cubs he is going in a package deal with Jeff OfTheUnspellableLastName

    • Balladeer - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:47 PM

      How does that make any sense? Trade one of baseball’s best prospects for a mixed bag of unknown quantities?

    • erbaodai - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      The Cubs could trade him and Samardzija to the Marlins for a package of Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Andrew Heaney and Steve Cishek. That’s the only trade the Cubs should accept.

      • wjarvis - Jun 20, 2014 at 4:31 PM

        as long as we’re talking about trades that wouldn’t ever happen,I’d feel comfortable trading him if the Cubs got Trout back.

  4. apeville - Jun 20, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Send him up, cheapskates.

  5. antaresrex - Jun 20, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    I wonder if Josh Vitters still has any trade value?

    • wjarvis - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:01 PM

      nope, has an ops of .674 this year and continues to strikeout a ton. He may be part of another trade, but probably more as a favor to Vitters than another team targeting him.

      • antaresrex - Jun 20, 2014 at 3:13 PM

        I’m well aware his career has stalled – it was a comment on his expendability now that the Cubs have a third base prospect who’s better and three years younger. That’s what makes this remarkable to me. We were disappointed in Vitters’ lack of progress two years ago and still hoping on him to turn a corner. If he developed as we all hoped he would, the Cubs likely would never have been in position to draft Bryant, a better prospect now than Vitters ever was.

        I guess even the Cubs can get lucky sometimes.

  6. delusionalcubsfan - Jun 21, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    I don’t think the Cubs drafted Bryant because Vitters was a failure. They drafted him because he was the best bat available, regardless of position. TheoJed like to draft who they feel is the best player regardless of need. Many players change position before they ever make it to the big leagues. Although they’re giving him a chance at 3rd, t’s possible that Bryant could still end up an outfielder.

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