Cubs announce Bryant to be promoted to Triple-A Iowa
KODAK, TN (WATE) - Smokies' third baseman and slugger Kris Bryant will be leaving Kodak for the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate in Iowa. The Cubs organization made the announcement on Wednesday, just two days after Bryant won the Southern League All-Star Home Run Derby.
For weeks the front office has reiterated that they wanted Bryant to get comfortable at one level before they moved him again. But his stats proved too impressive.
At the time of his promotion, Bryant led the Southern League with all of the following: .355 average, 61 runs, 22 homers, 58 RBI, 88 hits, 43 walks and a .458 on-base percentage and .702 slugging percentage.
He ranks fifth among all Smokies players since 2000 in home runs ahead of alums Russ Canzler and Dan Uggla who each blasted 21 homers during the 2010 and 2005 campaigns, respectively.
Bryant was the Cubs second overall pick in the 2013 draft. He won the Golden Spikes award in 2013 while after leading the nation in home runs at the University of San Diego.
Bryant will become the third Smokies player to be promoted to the Triple-A level this season, after infielder/outfielder Jonathan Mota on April 17 and catcher Rafael Lopez on June 3. He is set to join several members of the 2013 Tennessee Smokies in Iowa, including shortstop and top Cubs prospect Javier Baez.