It is amazing what one year can produce out on the diamond. Proof of that can be found in Chicago Cubs‘ prospect Kris Bryant. Chicago selected the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Bryant with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 First Year Player Draft. In his first season within the organization, Bryant has certainly proven worthy of that high draft pick and numerous top honors.
In his final season in college, Bryant hit 31 home runs to lead the nation. He was awarded both the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy which are both awarded to the top collegiate player in the country. From there, Bryant went on to the Arizona Fall League where he continued to mash. He was named the AFL MVP for 2013. It certainly was a fitting conclusion to an impressive first season for Bryant. Not only is his stock and potential rising, but he is also gaining huge man-crush status as well around Chicago.
Bryant has slammed pitching at every level thus far. He continues to cut down the holes in his swing and has the ability to drive the ball to all fields as well as over the fence. One thing that he is still adjusting to is playing every day at the professional level. He will likely be starting out at the Double-A level but could move to the Triple-A level quickly after that. A big-league debut is not expected until at least the 2015 season for the star prospect. With his continued development, the Friendly Confines will certainly be waiting with open arms for his arrival.
Entering Spring Training, Bryant has been named the No. 9 prospect in the league on the MLB Top-100 List. He is one of seven Cubs on the list as the wave of young talent is fast approaching the North side of Chicago. There is a high level of anticipation when Bryant and the rest of the top prospects arrive at camp in a few days. A potential move from the hot corner to the outfield could be in store for Bryant, but one thing that is certain figures to be more crushing of baseballs for the 2014 Chicago Man-Crush.
Nick Schaeflein is a Chicago Cubs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ptchr2424 or add him to your network on Google.