The Chicago Cubs have been waiting 105 years for another World Series Championship. If this team wants to win its third, then it’s certainly possible Kris Bryant can help make that happen. The 21-year-old minor leaguer had a year to remember.
The Northsiders drafted Bryant number two overall in June Major League Player Draft. He ended up winning the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy, both of which honor the top college baseball player in the country. At San Diego in 2013, he batted .329 and clubbed 31 home runs. The latter category led the entire nation.
Add to that, though. In 36 games in the minors, he clubbed out 9 more and batted .336. His OPS was 1.078. He finds his way to get on base and clearly demonstrates power. He showed himself to really develop. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him in the 18th round in the 2010 MLB draft and like players before him, he went to college to hone his craft. Now he is making a name for himself as quite the prospect.
Now his latest accomplishment is being named MVP of the 2013 Arizona Fall League. He played on the Mesa Solar Sox as the runner up to the Surprise Saguaros. Bryant went 0-4 in a 2-0 loss. However, he drove in 17 on 6 big flies and hit .364. Those are quite the eye-popping numbers. He found himself as an All-Star in the league.
He led the fall league with 15 extra base hits, a .727 slugging percentage, 22 runs scored and 56 total runs. He became the third player in the Cubs organization to win Fall League MVP after Jason DuBois in 2003 and Sam Fuld in 2007.
Seeing as how the Cubs batted .238 in 2013, the third lowest of any NL team, it is something they could use in their lineup. ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers wrote Nov. 16 that Bryant is not expected to start any higher than Double-A in 2014, but that doesn’t seem like a bad thing, as one would not want to rush someone with so much promise.
Things won’t be easy and likely won’t change overnight on the Northside. However, Bryant is part of a nucleus in the system trying to change the fortune of the Cubs once and for all. If he continues this run he is on, he’ll make it to the show in no time.
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