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Kris Bryant | Third Baseman

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/4/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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Baseball America has named Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant as the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year.
Who else could it be, really? Bryant led the minors this season with 43 home runs, 78 extra-base hits, a .661 slugging percentage and a 1.098 OPS. The 22-year-old is banging on the door to the majors and should make an impact with the Cubs in 2015. Sep 9 - 11:56 AM

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Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant went 2-for-2 with a home run and four walks for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

Bryant now leads Joey Gallo by two home runs in the minor league home run leaderboard, and it appears the only way to slow him down is to refuse to throw strikes. Bryant is 13th in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League with 20 home runs, and second in the Double-A Southern League with 22 home runs. He has yet to play any outfield in his professional career, but there is much discussion that his defensive home will be as a corner outfielder. For now he remains at third base.
Aug 24 - 10:20 AM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk on Wednesday for Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant now leads the minor leagues with 41 home runs, putting up a .336/.444/.684 slash line between Double-A and Triple-A. His bat is ready for the major leagues, but his defense is still a work in progress and his future defensive home remains up in the air. Bryant has MVP potential, and should be up in early 2015.
Aug 21 - 9:12 AM

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant (toe) doubled and walked in his return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup Tuesday.

Bryant only missed a couple of days with a left big toe injury. The 22-year-old budding star has 40 home runs and 103 RBI in 126 games this season between the Double-A Tennessee Smokies and Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He should make his major league debut in early 2015.
Aug 19 - 4:33 PM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant expects to return to the Triple-A Iowa lineup on Tuesday.

Bryant sent a scare through the Cubs organization on Saturday when he had to leave a game at Iowa with pain in his left big toe. But an MRI came back negative on Sunday and he was able to do some running without issue on Monday. "I'm ready," Bryant told reporters after Monday's workout. The powerful 22-year-old is not expected to reach the majors until early 2015.
Aug 18 - 4:04 PM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant is considered day-to-day after being diagnosed with a bruised foot.

Bryant underwent an MRI on Sunday after aggravating an existing injury in Saturday's contest. The MRI revealed no structural damage, but expect the Cubs to still play things cautiously and hold him out of action for a couple of days to let the injury fully heal.
Aug 17 - 4:39 PM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant will undergo an MRI on his left big toe Sunday.

Bryant fouled a ball off the toe a few days ago at Triple-A Iowa and then aggravated the ailment on Saturday, forcing him from the game. X-rays proved to be inconclusive, but the Cubs are hoping to find out more from an MRI. Bryant, who leads minor league baseball with 40 home runs, is not expected to be promoted this season.
Aug 17 - 10:19 AM

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant left Saturday's game at Triple-A Iowa with a foot injury.

Bryant was then taken to a local hospital for X-rays. The Iowa Cubs should have an update on the injury Sunday morning. Bryant, one of the top prospects in baseball, entered play Saturday with a fantastic .333/.439/.678 season slash line and 40 home runs.
Aug 16 - 11:27 PM

Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.

The home run was Bryant’s Minor League-leading 39th of the season, and the pair of RBI gives him an even 100 on the year. The 22-year-old slugger’s production tailed off a bit in July, at least by his standards, but he’s been red hot over his last 15 games, with a .373 batting average, six home runs and 13 RBI. The Cubs have tried to temper expectations regarding a potential September call-up, but with Arismendy Alcantara and Javier Baez already in the major leagues, and Jorge Soler likely to join them next month, it can’t be ruled out. On the season, Bryant is batting .341/.448/.689 with 39 home runs, 33 doubles, 100 RBI and 15 stolen through 120 games.
Aug 13 - 2:54 PM

Cubs prospect third baseman Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 for Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, hitting his 38th home run of the season.

Bryant is now tied with Rangers prospect Joey Gallo for the minor league lead. The home run extended Bryant's hitting streak to 12 games, during which he has hit .385/.556/.846 with three doubles, five home runs, four hit by pitches, 11 walks, and 15 strikeouts. Bryant's ultimate defensive position is still up in the air, but with Javier Baez playing second base in the majors, the Cubs appear to be giving Bryant every opportunity to become their permanent third baseman.
Aug 10 - 10:06 AM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, and two stolen bases for Triple-A Iowa on Monday.

Bryant is in the midst of an eight-game hit streak, and has hit .370/.528/.815 with three doubles, three home runs, and three stolen bases during that time. He isn't going to be an elite base stealer, but he has the speed and baseball IQ to steal around 10 bases, especially early in his career. He has 15 stolen bases for 2014.
Aug 5 - 10:17 AM

Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant went 1-for-4 with a home run on Friday for Triple-A Iowa.

Bryant's home run was his third in five games and 36th of the season, one behind minor league leader Joey Gallo. Bryant is hitting .309/.405/.664 with 11 doubles and 14 home runs in 42 games with Triple-A Iowa. He played in a combined 98 games in 2013, so it will be interesting to see how he does over the final month of the minor league season, a month when many prospects begin to wear down.
Aug 2 - 10:30 AM

Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 2-for-4 with a home run on Tuesday for Triple-A Iowa.

The home run was Bryant's 34th of the season and first since July 18. The 22-year-old slugger has cooled off this month, at least by his standards, with a .297/.390/.571 batting line and six home runs through 26 games. In June, Bryant hit six home runs in 12 games. Overall, he's batting .339/.437/.682 with 34 home runs, 30 doubles, 88 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 106 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Jul 30 - 12:07 PM

CSN Chicago's Patrick Mooney reports that the Cubs have had internal discussions about moving third base prospect Kris Bryant to right field.

Bryant is, at best, an adequate defensive third baseman, but the Cubs are content to leave him there for now. However, a position switch to right field could eventually come. "He can do it," general manager Jed Hoyer said of moving Bryant to the outfield. "He played center in college, and he’s played right. He feels good out there. The biggest focus for him right now is he’s working on his defense. He is almost 6-6, and with that the fundamentals of playing third base are more challenging. In the future, I would never say never that we wouldn’t put him out there. But right now, our focus is third."
Source: CSN Chicago
Jul 23 - 10:01 AM

Cubs prospect 3B Kris Bryant went 3-for-5 with a solo home run on Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

He also picked up a double and scored two runs in the game. The home run was Bryant's 32nd of the season and helped him reclaim the minor league-lead from Rangers third baseman Joey Gallo (31 HR). The 22-year-old continues to have a phenomenal year in his first full professional season, as he's batted .350/.446/.712 with 32 home runs, 27 doubles, 82 RBI and a 108-55 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 93 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa.
Jul 18 - 2:52 PM