DOB: 1/4/1992 (Age: 21)
Drafted: First round, 2013 (San Diego)
Kris Bryant, who is advised by Scott Boras, signed shortly before the mid-July deadline and received a $6,708,400 bonus, the highest among 2013 draftees. The 21-year-old was recently assigned to the team’s affiliate in the Arizona League and was 0-for-3 with a strikeout in his professional debut on Sunday.
Understands how to utilize massive 6’5”, 215-pound frame. Wide stance and base; effortless, quiet swing for slugger; toe-tap load with balanced weight transfer through the baseball. Will be forced to improve pitch selection and recognition in the majors. Swing has some length and makes him vulnerable to plus velocity on the hands; present plus-plus raw power to all fields.
Chance to boast elite power at maturity with improvements. Loose hands and wrists; outstanding bat speed; power should always be there, even if average isn’t. Showcases impressive barrel control through the strike zone; excellent hip rotation creates extension through the baseball; favorable point of contact off a firm front side; generates backspin carry to all fields.
Moves well for a player of his size; present athleticism. Not a base-clogger; could gain half a grade with improved conditioning/training as a professional. Should be able to stay at hot corner as a professional, at least initially; able to get low enough to make the plays; actions can be too deliberate and stiff; glove and hands profile favorably as a corner infielder; average range.
Has also seen time in right field this spring, where his actions, athleticism and long strides could make him a solid-to-average defender at the position. Plus-arm strength is strongest defensive asset; clean arm stroke and release; good carry on throws; above-average accuracy, more than enough for third base and/or right field.