Levine: Cubs Won’t Be Promoting Kris Bryant Anytime Soon
CHICAGO (CBS) — Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant was the second overall pick in the 2013 amateur draft and is one of the hottest hitters in the minor leagues, but he won’t be promoted to the big leagues anytime soon.
General manager Jed Hoyer intimated there is no timetable to move Bryant right now as he’s in the process of tearing up Southern League pitching at Double-A Tennessee.
“Looking at the numbers he has put up in the month of May it is fun,” Hoyer said. “We tell every young class to go dominate (at their level), and he is certainly doing that.”
The 22-year-old Bryant has dominated two levels of Class-A ball, the Arizona Fall League (MVP in 2013) and now Double-A pitching this spring.
“We probably want to see him there a little longer,” Hoyer said. “He has only spent two months at that level, and he has been skipping through the system without a lot of time at one level.”
Bryant was the College Player of the Year in 2013, hitting 31 home runs at the University of San Diego.
“He has been everything we hoped for,” Hoyer said. “Hopefully he will keep it up.”
Bryant earned Southern League player of the week honors from May 26 -June 1, hitting .478 with seven runs, two doubles, five home runs and seven RBIs in that span. Entering play Tuesday night, Bryant leads the Southern League in six categories, including batting average (.351), home runs (18) and RBI (49).
Just don’t expect a promotion for Bryant to the Cubs this summer. Sources indicated the Cubs want Bryant to hone his skills for an entire minor league season.
Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score and CBSChicago.com. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine.