Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

#Cubs Minor matters: Sunday’s roundup

Kris Bryant hit his second homer in as many days and drove in three runs and Addison Russell went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, hitting his first Triple-A home run, to lead Iowa to a 7-2 victory over Memphis on Sunday. Jonathan Mota also homered for Iowa, which plays at New Orleans Monday night. Drake Britton earned the win Sunday in relief.

Dan Vogelbach went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Tennessee’s 6-3 win over Mississippi. Christian Villanueva had two hits and three RBIs and Albert Almora hda two hits and scored two runs. The Smokies totaled 16 hits and went 6-for-19 with RISP.

Tyler Skulina gave up one run on three hits over five innings but took the loss as Myrtle Beach was beaten, 5-0, by Wilmington. Chris Denorfia went 1-for-2 with a double in the first game of a rehab assignment.

Zach Hedges gave up two earned runs over five innings for the win as South Bend beat Dayton, 8-3. Five players drove in a run for the South Bend Cubs, including Rashad Crawford, who had three RBIs.

#Cubs Minor matters: Bryant, Schwarber both homer

Saturday’s games

* Kris Bryant went 3-for-4 and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple in Iowa’s 13-0 win over Memphis. Bryant hit his first home run of the season in the ninth, and finished with three RBIs. Chris Valaika also homered.

* Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season in Tennessee’s 6-2 loss to Mississippi. Felix Pena gave up three hits over six scoreless innings. The Smokies were charged with five errors.

* Jeimer Candelario had three hits and two RBIs and Victor Caratini drove in the game-winning run in the 10th to lift Myrtle Beach to a 4-3 win over Wilmington. Shawon Dunston had two hits. Paul Blackburn struck out six over five innings.

* South Bend lost 7-5 to Bowling Green in 12 innings. Gleyber Torres had three hits, and Charcer Burks and Jeffrey Baez each had two.

#Cubs prospect Bryant goes 3-for-4, hits 1st HR for Iowa

The Iowa Cubs romped 13-0 over Memphis on Saturday night. Kris Bryant belted his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the ninth, and missed hitting for the cycle by a triple. He also hit a sacrifice fly in the first, a single in the third, and a double in the fifth. He was 1-for-8 before Saturday’s game.

“The first two nights, I didn’t get much to hit and I was kind of going out of my comfort zone,” Bryant said. “Tonight I told myself to be a little more patient, wait ’em out and I got some more pitches to hit. It was a good night.”

Iowa wraps up its season opening series against Memphis Sunday and then heads to New Orleans for a four-game series, which starts Monday. The I-Cubs play their first home game Friday against Oklahoma City. Will Bryant be there?

“[I’m] not worried about that,” Bryant said. “I’m staying in the moment and for now, this is where I am.”

Thanks to all the spring #Cubs fans

It’s time to report on Cubs games that count, starting Sunday night. I’ll miss early mornings in the desert, raisin bread toast at Randy’s on Chaparral in Scottsdale, stacked enchiladas at Blue Adobe in Mesa, and hiking Pinnacle Peak trail.

* Thanks to the nice woman who brought a bag of tangelos early in spring. They were delicious.
* Still get goosebumps thinking about the back to back to back home runs by Jorge Soler, Javy Baez and Kris Bryant in Goodyear. Dexter Fowler’s selfie with the trio the next day was priceless.
* Once again, Don & Charlie’s in Scottsdale was the place to be for baseball fans.
* At last count, Bryant hit 11 home runs this spring, nine in Cactus League games, one in a “B” game and another in a Minor League game. He handled all the questions and scrutiny well. He’ll be in Chicago soon.
* Zac Rosscup and Brian Schlitter deserved spots on the 25-man roster.
* Keep an eye on Addison Russell.
* Kudos to the players/coaches/management who took part in Joe Maddon’s Respect Bald event. Expect more “Respect” events by Maddon.
* Jorge Soler is going to be really good.

Let’s play.


MLBPA issues statement re: #Cubs Bryant

The Major League Baseball Players Association issued a statement Monday regarding the Cubs decision to assign Kris Bryant to the Minor League camp.

“Today is a bad day for baseball,” the MLBPA said in a statement. “I think we all know that even if Kris Bryant were a combination of the greatest Players to play our game, and perhaps he will be before it’s all said and done, the Cubs still would have made the decision they made today. This decision, and other similar decisions made by clubs will be addressed in litigation, bargaining or both.”

— Carrie Muskat


Sorting out #Cubs infield

With the roster moves in Cubs camp on Monday, that leaves six infielders in camp:



La Stella




Arismendy Alcantara and Tommy La Stella will likely share second base, or La Stella could start at third in place of Mike Olt. Joe Maddon says he hasn’t determined who will start Opening Night yet.

“We joked with Joe this morning, now that La Stella looks like Brooks Robinson at third, do you think you can get him some work at second,” Theo Epstein said.

Herrera is a non-roster invitee who has impressed Maddon with his “team first” approach.

“He’s played some big league ball, and I’ve thrown him in games late, and he sits on the bench patient,” Maddon said. “There’s no veteran animosity. He’s been fabulous for me.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs assign Bryant to Minor League camp

Cubs manager Joe Maddon did not deny that he wants Kris Bryant in his lineup. Just not yet.

Bryant, the Cubs top prospect, was assigned to Minor League camp on Monday along with shortstop Addison Russell while Javier Baez was optioned to Triple-A Iowa. The Iowa team now may have one of the best infields in baseball.

“I could be in this game for a long time and not send down three players that talented on the same day ever again,” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Monday. “Those three are pretty good.”

Bryant has been the focus of attention. The third baseman leads the Major Leagues this spring with nine home runs — and hit another in a “B” game that didn’t count — and was batting .425 in 14 games. That comes after leading the Minor Leagues with 43 home runs at Double-A Tennessee and Iowa last year.

“You know he’s going to be there [in the big leagues] eventually,” Maddon said about Bryant. “When you look at the entire picture of development, you’re still looking for a couple other areas to improve a little bit.

“I’m not going to sit here and tell you that you wouldn’t want him in your lineup — there’s no question you want him in your lineup,” Maddon said. “He’s also 23. I’m looking forward to working with this guy for the next 15 years. That’ll make me 76. If I’m the next Jack McKeon, I’ll be working with this guy when I’m 76 years of age.”

The Cubs have Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella as third base options. Olt was the Opening Day starter last year.

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs Bryant to play more OF

Kris Bryant made his second start in left field on Sunday and manager Joe Maddon wants the Cubs top prospect to get more time there.

The Cubs are emphasizing versatility among their position players, and trying to get all Minor Leaguers to play at least two positions.

“You never know where the need will arise,” Maddon said Sunday. “All of a sudden, you could have a need here, and he hasn’t played there.”

Bryant has not played outfield since his junior year of college at the University of San Diego. The move is no reflection on his ability as a third baseman.

“I honestly believe it makes a younger hitter a better hitter,” Maddon said. “If he’s moving around a lot, and has to work with so many different defensive positions, he doesn’t worry so much about his hitting.”

— Carrie Muskat

#Cubs lineup vs Royals Sun 3/29

Kris Bryant gets his second start in the outfield on Sunday when the Cubs play the Royals in Surprise, Ariz. Edwin Jackson will start. The game will be broadcast on WGN TV and also WBBM Radio. Here’s the lineup:

La Stella 3B

Russell SS

Montero C

Bryant LF

Sweeney RF

Baez 2B

Baxter 1B

Jackson P

Alcantara CF

#Cubs Epstein on Bryant: “We haven’t made a decision yet”

Whether or not Kris Bryant will be on the Cubs’ Opening Day roster has been a hot topic, and president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Friday that no decision has been made regarding the team’s top prospect.

What should be noted is that in his career, Epstein has never had a player make his Major League debut on Opening Day, other than a Rule 5 pick or a Japanese player. While most of the focus has been on Bryant’s call-up being linked to the start of the service time clock, Epstein said this is not a business decision.

“It’s for baseball reasons, and it hasn’t been about anything else besides baseball reasons,” Epstein said Friday. “We spend a lot of time thinking about which players to draft, how to get them off to a good start in their professional careers, how to help them advance in the Minor Leagues, and how to help them make that final leap to the big leagues and when and how to do it to put them in a position to succeed.”

Bryant has been the center of attention because of his Major League-leading nine home runs and .406 batting average, and because his agent, Scott Boras, has been outspoken about how the third baseman is being treated.

“It’s not about business,” Epstein said. “People are trying to make this about business. There are valid baseball reasons. The process of developing a player, taking them from amateur to Major League player and every step along the way, that’s a baseball process and those are baseball decisions, and that’s what we’re doing here.”

What Epstein is looking for is the right moment. Last year, the Cubs promoted Javier Baez and Jorge Soler to the big leagues, and both moves came when the team was on the road in hitter friendly ballparks.

“We haven’t made a decision yet,” Epstein said regarding Bryant. “We’re going to make a good baseball decision based on what we think is best for his development and what’s best for the team and the organization and other players affected. We haven’t made the decision yet.

“I look to things that have worked in the past for me as sort of a presumptive guideline for what to do in the future,” Epstein said. “I’m not saying it’s perfect, but I do think if you stack it up and look at some of the young players, it’s a pretty good track record. We haven’t made a decision. Whatever we decide on this one, it might be wrong, I’m not saying I’m right all the time, but it’s my professional judgement.”

— Carrie Muskat