Bryant powers Tennessee Smokies with home runs

Bryant powers Tennessee Smokies with home runs

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Smokies slugger Kris Bryant leads the Southern League in most offensive catageories Smokies slugger Kris Bryant leads the Southern League in most offensive catageories
By PRENTICE ELLIOTT
6 Sports Reporter

Knoxville (WATE) - The crack of the bat is a familiar sound around Smokies Park these days, especially when Kris Bryant is swinging one. 

The 22-year old is dominating like few players at this level ever have, leading the Southern League in batting, RBIs, home runs and on-base and slugging percentage.

"It sure is nice to get off to a good start," the soft-spoken but confident third baseman and designated hitter said. 

Despite his domination in the Southern League, don't expect Bryant to be called-up to Triple-A or the Chicago Cubs anytime soon. He wants to get to the majors as soon as possible-- but he says waiting is alright.

"All of our goals are to get to Wrigley (Field) but it's good to develop a routine and pick guys brains.

He's making an impression off the field as well, signing autographs with fans and taking time to speak to people. Despite his talent and big signing bonus, Bryant is described by most everyone at the ballpark as a genuinely nice guy.

"I think I've been raised the right way. Put myself in other people's shoes and wouldn't want to be treated any different. I just want to have fun."

Right now there might not be anyone in minor league baseball having more fun than Bryant. 
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