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.