Kris Bryant, the highly watched rookie in the Cubs farm system, is finally going to get his chance at playing in the big leagues.
Kris Bryant has made quite the splash since being drafted No. 2 overall in the 2013 draft by the Chicago Cubs. His acceleration in the farm system was both quick and unexpected. The young prospect hit .325 in the minor leagues with 42 home runs and 110 RBIs last year, pretty impressive considering Bryant is just 23 years old. So maybe it is time to start getting a little excited about Bryant finally moving on up, which we found out he will be doing on Friday.
His stats alone can’t even sum up the excitement Cubs fans have right now. The hype alone around Bryant has been raising expectations since he was drafted just two years ago. Analyst after analyst has looked at Bryant, rated him, and given the same synopsis of his game- the kid is a natural.
His spring training stats with the Cubs in Arizona this past March lead people to believe that Bryant is more than ready to face the music in the MLB. He did lead the Cactus League in home runs with nine and didn’t seem like there was going to be much of a transition from Triple-A when he faced some big league competition all spring.
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Is he ready, though?
I think so. He has the tools to be a solid force in the Cubs lineup immediately. With a strong swing, yet patience at the plate, he is going to put up a decent average and probably knock a few beyond the fence here and there.
The Cubs are scheduled to face the Padres and James Shields is throwing. It could be a rough first outing for the rookie. Additionally, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner are throwing the next two games. So it could be a very, very slow start to Bryant’s career.
Even if this does happen, don’t get discouraged just yet. Overall, Bryant will end up being a phenomenal Major League Baseball player. How much time that takes remains to be seen. I’m sure that once he gets a few hits against a pitcher with less dominance he will get his confidence up and start producing for the Cubs.
Bryant’s call up could not have come at a better time either. Chicago has their first winning record since Opening Day of 2013. With the signing of Jon Lester and Dexter Fowler, everything is starting to get a magical feel to it at Wrigley Field once again. Bringing Bryant up now will only add to that. Prepare for the beginning of a new era in Chicago Cubs history this Friday as Kris Bryant joins the team that drafted him two years ago.
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