By Jacob Kornhauser on August 6, 2014
Kris Bryant will be playing at Wrigley Field soon, but there's plenty that Chicago Cubs fans are unaware of. From his upbringing to his play-making ability, there's so much more Cubs fans should know before Bryant gets the call to the show.
Not many players have even been close to Bryant's production this year in the minor leagues. Combined between Double-A and Triple-A, he has blasted 36 homers while driving in 94 runs and batting a sterling .341. If his numbers are even close to those once he gets to Chicago, he's going to be a superstar.
Based on his amazing performance this season, Keith Law of ESPN updated his midseason prospect rankings with Bryant as the best in all of baseball. Surpassing five-tool athlete Byron Buxton, Bryant has impressed scouts and convinced them he will be a star at the next level.
Even though many believe the future Cub will be moved to a corner outfield spot once he gets to Chicago, Bryant himself wants to stay at the hot corner. His fielding is just average there, but with many other infield prospects coming up through the system, the team may be able to find a way to keep Bryant at third base.
The Cubs took Bryant with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, but they weren't the first team to use a draft pick on him. Toronto took him in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB draft when Bryant was coming out of high school, but they failed to sign him and he moved on to play at San Diego University. Fans on the north side of Chicago should be very happy about that.
Bryant has shown through his performances at Double-A and Triple-A that he's already major league ready. The Cubs' front office prefers to let their prospects fully develop in the minors though, so he's likely to remain at Triple-A Iowa for the remainder of the season. However, the team won't be able to deny him next season, and he will almost surely be the starter at third base when the Cubs open the 2015 season.
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