6/18 Kris Bryant to Iowa
Kris Bryant is being promoted to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs’ No. 1 pick in last year’s Draft posted the news on his Twitter account, and the team has confirmed it.
Bryant did everything the Cubs wanted him to do at Double-A Tennessee. The second pick overall in last June’s First-Year Player Draft, Bryant was leading the Southern League in the Triple Crown categories with a .355 batting average, 22 home runs and 58 RBIs in 68 games with Tennessee.
During a radio interview in Chicago on Tuesday, Theo Epstein was asked about Bryant’s progress.
“Is he dominating Double-A right now? Of course he is,” Epstein said. “Does that mean his development is complete? No.”
If you’re looking for weaknesses, there aren’t many. The third baseman has struck out 77 times in 248 at-bats, and has made 14 errors. The right-handed hitter was batting .442 against lefties, .337 versus right-handers. He hit .281 in April, followed that with a .407 May and was hitting .373 this month.
— Carrie Muskat