As the MLB pre season begins to take shape we turn our attention to the players that can step up to the plate and become your go to fantasy player that can bring your roster to the next level.
When you think of a Major League prospect, it’s typically a name you haven’t heard of. There are few people who pay attention to Major League prospects who have yet to hear about Kris Bryant. Bleacher Report has Kris Bryant ranked No. 2 on their prospect list. Bryant not only has the power, but Jim Callis of MLB.com thinks the Chicago Cubs prospect has some sexy numbers as well.
“ Since signing for a $6,708,4000 bonus, a record for a Cub and for a college position player, Bryant has gone deep 52 times in 174 games and led the Minors in homers (43), extra-base hits (78), total bases (325), slugging (.661) and OPS (1.098) in his first full pro season…Ready for Wrigley Field right now, he should hit for a lot of power, draw plenty of walks and play a capable third base.”
Will you be seeing Bryant play in 2015? Yes you will, however rumors are saying he could start as easily as Opening Day and the rumors that are retracting that are saying he could be staying down a little bit longer, just to make our mouths water and our baseball loins tingle a bit. Needless to say, you will see him in a Chicago Cubs uniform this season.
Back in August, I wrote about Bryant who was still making an impact with lesser numbers. Epstein didn’t see him being brought up in the foreseeable future, but it seems to me his attitude is changing a bit.
“We made that decision last year with Javy Baez, Epstein told CSN Chicago. If we were just looking to protect the player’s service clock, we wouldn’t have called up Javy or Jorge Soler. It was the right time for their development and it was the right time for the team.
“When it’s the right time for Kris’ development, and the right time for the team, he’ll be on the roster.”
The reigning Minor League Player of the Year will be one of the biggest stories at Spring Training this year, and one of the biggest stories after that.