Chicago Cubs Prospect Kris Bryant Could Reach Big Leagues Sooner Than Later

Reid Compton – USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs had another dismal performance this past season where they ended losing more than 90 games with a severe lack of overall talent in the big league roster.

The farm system, however, is a whole different story.

The Cubs are a top-five ranked system by a number of sources, and they have several impact positional players at the middle and lower levels like shortstop Javier Baez, outfielders Jorge Soler and Albert Almora and pitcher Pierce Johnson that can make you think that things could be quite different at Wrigley in a few years from now.

No prospect, however, made a better first impression than third baseman Kris Bryant.

The former San Diego University star was selected with the second pick in this year’s draft after an impressive college campaign that saw him hit 31 HRs with 66 RBIs. Arguably the best pure hitter of the class, Theo Epstein and company took a gamble and selected him despite having very good pitchers available.

After his first year as a pro, it’s fair to say that Bryant has exceeded even the most optimistic expectations so far. All he did was hit .336 with nine HRs and 32 RBIs across three different levels as he started at Rookie Ball and ended up in Class-A Advanced Daytona, where he was a key member of the team that clinched the Florida State League title.

An impressive start to the Arizona Fall League, where he has hit an even .500 with two homers in his first three games, has put him in the conversation as the team’s best prospect next to Baez. His impressive hit tool, advanced approach and off-the-charts makeup could even put him at Double-A Tennessee next year with an outside chance to arrive at Wrigley Field as a September call-up if he continues with his stellar progression.

It’s hard to see him playing at third at the bigs though due to the presence of Mike Olt in the roster. The former Texas Rangers prospect will have every chance to win the job at Spring Training, so a move to the outfield has been discussed for Bryant, where his athleticism and good arm could play solidly in either corner.

If all goes according to the plan, Bryant could be patrolling the outfield as soon as next year for the Cubs. He would be an immediate upgrade over either player on the roster right now and his tremendous upside will give him the chance to be a legit star for the Cubbies in the middle of the lineup.

It’s fair to say that, judging by his start, everybody is allowed to be excited.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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  • AG Ginn 515

    I’m not taking anything away from Mike Olt I’m hoping he works out and I’m wrong saying this, but how he played this year and how Kris Bryant has played so far this year with college and fall league 42 home runs….how can you write Mike Olts presence at third base? I’m betting Kris Bryant will have a year if not better than Javier Baez had! You Rant Sport guys a joke!

    • SportsGenius705

      Are you fucking retarded? Mike Olt was one of the best prospects in baseball up until last year when he had an EYE PROBLEM. There is NO REASON why he couldn’t win the position out right and move Bryant to the outfield where frankly he might be better since his glove at third is average.

      You are a massive MASSIVE tool. Best sports site that isn’t called ESPN or Yahoo. Go troll elsewhere tard and let the real sports fans discuss.

      • AG Ginn 515

        from what I said
        I’m not taking anything away from Mike Olt I’m hoping he works out and I’m wrong saying this

        • SportsGenius705

          You go from saying, gee- I hope you’re right to you rant sports guys are a joke?

          Nice try dude. You’re still unintelligent and not a real student of the game.

          • AG Ginn 515

            How can you call yourself a sports genius when idk wtf you just said here? because like I said I hope he proves me and others wrong, he’s working out in Arizona with Cub coaches to be the starting 3B next year and he should get over Luis Valbuena or Donnie Murphy and bat clean up. Long term is the question idk I really do hope he pans out I really do but Kris Bryant is a BEAST.

          • SportsGenius705

            We ALL think Kris Bryant is a beast.

    • Juan Pablo Aravena

      I’m just saying what’s likely to happen. Mike Olt WILL have all the opportunities in the world to win the 3B job out of ST. If that doesn’t work, THEN he’ll be tested but he’s slated to start at AA so there’s still time. Having said that, I still think he might be a September call up and that he’ll reach the bigs faster than other guys.

      • AG Ginn 515

        He’s 25 he’s gotta step up nobody is in his way like there was in Texas with Adrian Beltre. He’s had over 1400 AB in the minors, played in the AFL in 2011 and dominated that league, was one of the games top prospects last year till he got hit in the head in the Dominican winter league and it damaged his season this year, played 2 years at UCONN. He could take this job and run with it, its his to lose really. To me Olt is the decision factor because if he pans out this coming year that I’m hoping he does, a lot can change for players like Javier Baez 2B, 3B CF, Kris Bryant 3B, LF, Arismendy Arismendy 2B, 3B, Jorge Soler RF, CF, Albert Almora CF, RF, Junior Lake LF, CF,

        If he were to go to AA where would he play? with Bryant at 3B, Vogelbach at 1B, corner OF you got Jorge Soler, Justin Andreoli, in AAA, where would he play, guys like Christian Villanueva at 3B, 1B Justin Bour, Corner Outfield Brett Jackson, Matt Szuzar, Jae-Hoon Ha, Dave Sappelt, that need to play for being possible trade candidates for the off season or trade deadline next year. He will get his chance he’s in Arizona working with coaches to get him back on his game, he’s saying hes back to his oldself, lets see what hes got with Baez and Bryant in the wings.