The Chicago Cubs had a very interesting choice to make with the no. 2 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, having the choice between a position player in Kris Bryant and a potential no. 1 starter in Jonathan Gray. The decision, in the end, by Theo Epstein and company turned into the power bat of Bryant. Bryant hit 31 home runs this past season for the University of San Diego from the third base position. The Cubs made the right choice in the end, taking a player who could easily find himself in the team’s starting lineup by the end of the 2014 season.
It has been a revolving door at third base for the team ever since Ron Santo left town nearly 40 years ago. There are going to be people who say that the team just took Josh Vitters not long ago, who also plays third base just like Bryant. The problem is that Vitters came up last season and couldn’t hit at the major league level. He may be a quality prospect in the future, but Bryant is going to be looked at to take over the hot corner sooner than later.
There are a ton of position players in the minor leagues for the Cubs who are within a year or two of coming up to Wrigley Field. You can add Bryant to that equation; he could be part of an infield in a few years that is dominant. I think we could see Bryant as the cleanup hitter in Chicago before 2014 is over. The rebuilding project continues for the Cubs, and fans are just hoping that Bryant isn’t the next Kevin Orie or Gary Scott. I don’t see that being the case. Bryant will be a player Cubs fans will love from the first day he hits the field.