Cubs promote Bryant to Triple-A Iowa
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There wasn’t much more third baseman Kris Bryant could do to prove he was the king of the Southern League for the first half of the 2014 season. The Cubs honored his efforts with a promotion to Triple-A Iowa Wednesday.
At the halfway point of the Double-A season, Bryant led the league in most offensive categories, including batting average (.355), on-base percentage (.458), slugging percentage (.702), home runs (22), RBI (58), runs (61), hits (88), total bases (174), bases on balls (43) and OPS (1.160). To cap it all off, he won the league’s Home Run Derby on Monday.
At the moment, it’s unclear where the 2013 first-round pick will be playing—at his natural third base or a corner outfield spot, a position many expect him to play at the major league level.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see the power production between him and Cubs top prospect Javier Baez in the middle of the I-Cubs lineup.
Bryant made his pro debut in July 2013. He played a few games in rookie ball before quickly getting bumped up to Short-Season Boise. After 18 games there, he went to High-A Daytona, where he helped the D-Cubs capture the 2013 Florida State League title. The Cubs No. 2-ranked prospect started the offseason in the Arizona Fall League, where he claimed league MVP honors.