Even though Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro are having strong seasons, there is not a lot to fear in the Chicago Cubs lineup. The team currently sits in last place in the NL Central as they remain the division’s punching bag. But, with the monster bat of Kris Bryant, the Cubs will soon have a force that every team fears.
When Kris Bryant was selected with the second pick of the 2013 draft, he was seen as the most seasoned college bat available. After leading the nation in homeruns, and winning the college player of the year award, Bryant appeared to have all the tools of a franchise changing player.
So far in his minor league career, he has proven to be that player who looks to change the course of history in Chicago. In 104 career games, Bryant has already pounded 31 homeruns with 90 RBIs. His career slugging percentage .697 slugging percentage is just as good.
After being the Arizona Fall League player of the year last fall, Bryant has been the minor leagues most dominant hitter this season. Through 68 games in AA Tennessee, Bryant has batted .355 with 22 homeruns, 58 RBIs, 88 hits and a monumental 1.160 OPS.
These colossal numbers have not only allowed him to lead the league in major offensive categories, but to lead them by a mile. His 22 homeruns are nine more than his closest competitor. He also has nine more hits, and a 30 point lead in batting average. The only question that remains with Bryant is not if he will make it to Wrigley Field, but when?
With the Cubs, seated comfortably in the basement of the Central, there is no need to rush Bryant to the majors and start his arbitration clock. While he may see a September call-up there is a good chance that he will finish out his season in the minor leagues and focus on a 2015 debut. One player can change the look of a franchise. While the Cubs have had many players who have flashed greatness, Bryant may be the best. Though the present is bleak, the future is bright with Bryant and the Cubs.
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