Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first round pick in last week’s draft, was presented with the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday. The award is given to the player who best represents courage, character, leadership and performance. Bryant led all of College Baseball in home runs, slugging percentage, walks and runs scored.
Kris Bryant was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year earlier in the week. Bryant has already won the Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger Awards and is a finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.
Kris Bryant hit 31 home runs this past spring for the University of San Diego while walking 66 times in 62 games. Bryant slugged .820 this last season while hitting .329.
According to the release from MLB.com, previous winners of the Dick Howser Award include Mike Zunino (2012), Tyler Jungmann (2011), Anthony Rendon (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008) and David Price (2007).
Jason McLeod addressed the draft on Saturday morning and said that the Cubs have agreements in place with a majority of their top 10 draft picks. McLeod said the team is waiting on physicals before announcing the signings. McLeod indicated that many of the college pitchers the Cubs selected last week would be reporting to Boise soon after they sign.
The Cubs are hoping to have Kris Bryant signed soon. McLeod said it could be a couple of more weeks but they will have Bryant signed before the July 12 deadline.