Iowa Cubs fans received news they had been hoping for on Wednesday. Kris Bryant informed the world he was being promoted to triple-A Iowa via his Twitter account. In his tweet, Bryant thanked the double-A Tennessee Smokies and said he would be with Iowa on Thursday.
Bryant is clearly on the fast track to Chicago. He is the second ranked prospect in the Cubs organization according to Baseball America, ranked only behind current Iowa shortstop Javier Baez. Bryant is clearly the more polished player of the two at this point in their respective careers. Bryant was the Cubs first round draft pick in 2013 out of the University of San Diego.
Bryant has been tearing up Southern League pitching all season as a member of the Tennessee Smokies. Bryant leads the Southern League in most every offensive statistical category, including the “triple crown” categories. In 68 games, Bryant batted .355 with 25 HR and 58 RBI. He also leads the Southern League in runs, hits, total bases, walks, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage.
Bryant is expected to be in the lineup on Thursday at third base.
Also announced on Wednesday, Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo will begin his rehab assignment with Iowa on Thursday. Castillo was in the dugout with Iowa on Wednesday but didn’t play. Castillo is coming back from rib cage inflammation and began baseball activities in Arizona last week.