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Cubs prospect Kris Bryant is up to 38 home runs

Aug 10, 2014, 11:04 AM EDT

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Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant hasn’t slowed down one bit since being promoted on June 18 from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa and slugged his 38th home run of the season on Saturday night in Oklahoma City, home of the Astros’ Triple-A team.

Bryant is now in a deadlock with Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo — a fellow native of Las Vegas, Nevada — for the minor league home run lead.

Since being selected second overall in the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of San Diego, the 22-year-old Bryant has batted .340/.435/.691 with 47 homers and 129 RBI in 153 minor league games. He is not expected to join fellow Top 10 prospect Javier Baez in Chicago this year, but Bryant could very well be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster in 2015. There’s been talk of moving the 6-foot-6 slugger to right field.

  1. papalurchdxb - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    So if he’s 6’5″, no-one else in the team is above 5’8″ judging by that photo..

    • robertb655 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      This is the Cubs…

      • 84cubs - Aug 10, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Brilliant. How long did it take you to think of that comment?

  2. khmerson562 - Aug 10, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    Maybe he’s standing up, while everybody is sitting down.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      Probably just sitting on the top of the bench whereas everyone else is on the intended seat part.

      • sportsfan18 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        bingo cubfan, was gonna type that and then saw you said it first so hat tip to you…

      • stupidusername - Aug 10, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Mystery solved!!… Kind of weird this many people missed he was being sarcastic.

  3. lyon810 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    He’ll either be great, or the next Brandon Wood

  4. disgracedfury - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Wonder if all these baseball prospect websites are gonna keep Buxton on there top lists.Bryant has surpassed everyone.

  5. onbucky96 - Aug 10, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Sorry Scott Boras. Steak dinner won’t be served at Wrigley until May 2015 to delay his Free Agency.

  6. Old Gator - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    I am really looking forward to seeing this kid come up. September, perhaps?

    • wjarvis - Aug 10, 2014 at 2:08 PM

      Nope, the Cubs will be playing the service time game with him. He’ll be up at the end of next April.

      • delusionalcubsfan - Aug 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        If he wasn’t a Scott Boras client than maybe we would. Also, Bryant is so advanced he may not even need the extra couple months to make adjustments like Javier Baez. BaezMania has been awesome but it’s probably nothing compared to when Bryant gets to Chicago.

  7. bfmotyk - Aug 10, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    The ghost of Brooks Kieschnick looms large……

  8. kastout11 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    If he weren’t a Scott Boras client, I am pretty certain he would have been called up already, if not a September call-up. Also, I am pretty sure fellow Cubs fans would agree that he was more ready for the majors than Baez. Although, I am content with the Cubs giving Baez a shot in the majors, he is clearly not ready. Yes, he went deep 3 times in 3 games in Coors, but in the 4 games since, he has not done deep. I think Baez will be an excellent major leaguer, but I think Bryant will appear in several all-star games and will be the catalyst to lead the Cubs to a world series title within the next 5 years. Maybe, just maybe, I am being a little optomistic, but why not?

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