Cubs Promote Kris Bryant To Triple-A

Recent Winner Of Southern League Home Run Derby

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
- photo by Tim Evearitt
Kris Bryant did everything the Cubs wanted him to do at Double-A Tennessee, and on Wednesday, the third baseman was promoted to Triple-A Iowa.

The second overall pick 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, Cubs president of baseball operations 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 he 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.

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