In a shocking twist, there is actually Chicago Cubs news not related to their new mascot, Clark.
Third baseman Kris Bryant, who the Cubs selected with the second overall pick in June’s draft, will likely start the season with the Cubs’ Double-A affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies.
“Kris probably has a good chance at starting at Double-A,” Cubs scouting director Jason McLeod said Wednesday via Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago. “I don’t think it’s dead-set, but he played a lot this year to earn the opportunity to go there.”
Bryant has been an absolute star everywhere he’s been. Bryant played for the San Diego Toreros for the last three seaons and took home just about every award possible in 2013. He won the Dick Howser Trophy, the Golden Spikes Award and was named the College Baseball News National Player of the Year. He was then named MVP of the Arizona Fall League.
“I have the confidence in myself to go out there every day and compete against the best,” Bryant explained “I think if you have that type of confidence then sky’s the limit.”
Although Bryant wants to become an MLB player as soon as possible, he says he feels “no pressure.”