Cubs Promote Kris Bryant to High-A Daytona

As expected, the Cubs announced on Monday afternoon that first round pick Kris Bryant is on his way to the Daytona Cubs. Bryant was informed of his promotion on Monday and is leaving for Daytona on Tuesday morning.

Kris Bryant finished out his stint with the Boise Hawks by hitting safely in his last 15 games. After a slow start, Bryant worked with Hawks’ hitting coach Bill Buckner and ended up with a .354/.416/.692 slash line with eight doubles, one triple, four home runs and a 1.108 OPS in 18 games.

Over his last 10 games, Bryant hit .471/.524/.853/1.377 with five doubles, one triple and two home runs.

The Cubs planned for Kris Bryant to skip Kane County from the beginning, as long as he performed to expectations. The Cubs do not want to take playing time away from Jeimer Candelario. Bryant is further along in his development by playing three seasons at San Diego State.

Bryant will play out the season with Daytona and into the post-season. As long as weather permits, the D-Cubs have 21 games remaining on their schedule, plus the playoffs.

The Cubs have not ruled out Kris Bryant playing in the Arizona Fall League in order to make up the time he missed after the draft before he signed.

Double-A Tennessee could have a very good team at the beginning of next season if the players keep on track and progressing as they have this season.

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  • SuzyS

    Let’s hope Bryant continues to progress…as it sounds like he should.
    I always liked Bill Buckner…and Boston is the second team I root for…(I was born there…raised in Chicagoland).
    I’m not sure if Billy Buck is the answer for the Cub’s hitting coach….but I do think we have to make a change.

    • paulcatanese

      Took the words right out of my mouth, was going to say if Bryant had that success with
      Buckner why not bring him along with Bryant?
      He was a pretty fair hitter in his career, and could help, without a doubt.

      • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

        Paul, I have read reports that Buckner does not want to travel. He currently lives in Boise. He would like to be in the game but not everything that is associated with being a full-time coach.

        This could change, and hopefully it will. The players in Boise seem to be responding well.

        • Tom U

          One other note is that the most respected hitting coach in the system is Desi Wilson, who is currently with Tennessee, Bryant’s next stop.

        • paulcatanese

          Boise is a great place to live, and I understand his feelings.
          It may be a time in his life to settle down for a while, being in baseball can be a trying lifestyle
          at those levels.

          • Rock

            He just sold his house in Boise or it is currently up for sale!

          • paulcatanese

            That could be a precursor to something as in a move. onwards in the system.

          • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

            I was unaware, thank you for posting. Maybe he would be interested in a bigger role with the organization.

          • Rock

            The House was listed on 7/25 for 1.7m, 4 archers, 6600sqft and is still for sale (Zillow.com). We can only hope he finds his way to Kane or Chicago.