Current Minor League Level: Double-A
2014 Stats: .325 (52-for-160), .419 OBP, .600 SLG, 11 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, 5 SB
The Track Record
Kris Bryant is dismantling the Southern League.
The third baseman is hitting .325 with a league-leading 11 home runs in his first 43 Double-A contests. While pitching on a minor league rehab assignment, Chicago Cubs reliever Jose Veras dubbed the slugger simply "unbelievable," according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs snapped up the 6'5" right-handed hitter with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft. Last summer while splitting time between rookie league and Low-A, Bryant collected 14 doubles, two triples and nine home runs in 36 games.
One issue with the promising third baseman, however, is all the swings-and-misses. In 2014, Bryant has punched out 53 times.
When He'll Arrive in the Big Leagues
The organization is in no rush to promote Bryant to Triple-A, as Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer explained to Gonzales.
"Right now, it's not something we've talked about."
However, at his current pace, it would be shocking if the 22-year-old doesn't receive a call-up to the club's top affiliate at some point this summer. Bryant should be ready to challenge for a full-time job with the Cubs by Opening Day 2015. When he reaches Chicago, his top competition will be Mike Olt, who also has a knack for hitting home runs.
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