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 multiple honors for being voted as the top collegiate player in the country. From there, Bryant went on to the Arizona Fall League where he continued to hit at a high rate. 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. This year, he will likely be starting out at the Double-A level, but could move on 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 who is making it look easy out on the field. With his continued development, the Friendly Confines will certainly be waiting with open arms for his arrival.
Now entering his first Spring Training camp with the Cubs, Bryant has been named the no. 9 prospect in the league on the MLB Top-100 list of MiLB prospects. He is also one of seven Cubs on the list as the wave of young talent is fast approaching the North side of Chicago. The high level of anticipation will certainly grow for Bryant and the rest of the youngsters if they can continue to shine and develop during Spring Training at the new Cubs Park out in Mesa, Arizona. In his first ever Spring Training game, Bryant launched a home run against the Los Angeles Angels in his first at-bat. If Bryant continues to crush baseballs at this rate, his legend will continue to grow and he will quickly become Chicago's next Man-Crush in the process.