Kris Bryant Scouting Report

Kris Bryant Scouting Report

Kris Bryant Scouting Report
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Kris Bryant Scouting Report
Kris Bryant, arguably the best prospect in professional baseball right now, was drafted in the first round in 2013 by the Chicago Cubs and is undoubtedly the Cubs most polished prospect. Making mincemeat of AA pitching in 2014, Bryant had a ridiculous slash line of .355/.458/.702 to go with an overall OPS of 1.098 and 43 home runs during a season split practically down the middle between AA and AAA. This earned him Baseball America’s 2014 Minor League Player of the Year honors, and it was clearly not unmerited.

He’s Got A Lot of Power

For those who have yet to see him, Kris Bryant is a big boy. Coming in at a muscular 6’5” and 215 pounds, at 22 he has plenty of room to grow and improve upon his already impressive power. While it may be a stretch, some scouts have projected a 40 home run season is not out of the question for Bryant, and while he may not reach that total, he is universally expected to reach all-star caliber power levels.

While he is powerful, he is only of average speed, the only tool that is truly lacking in player of Kris’ caliber. Like any good power hitter, he is a fastball-crushing machine, and makes short work of pitchers trying to heat one by him. However, he also falls into the classic power trap of misreading breaking balls and off-speed pitches, particularly struggling with changeups. His defense is sufficient enough to allow him to perform at an average level once he reaches the major leagues. He played third base and outfield in college at San Diego and has played third base in the minors. He may end shifting to a corner outfield position as scouts and front office execs debate on such a tall and lanky defensive third baseman. Comparably speaking Troy Glaus is the closest third baseman to Bryants size and he had an average of 34 homers person. Defense aside, he is truly the most coveted hitting prospect in all of baseball because there just isn’t a lot of pure power prospects in the game.

While Byron Buxton was widely considered the best offensive prospect in baseball heading into the 2014 season, Kris Bryant has probably passed him, and is looking to earn his spot next to Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo in the heart of the Cubs lineup for foreseeable future. A key component of the Cubs plan for the future, look for Bryant to make a big splash in the majors this year.

2014 was a pretty good year for Bryant:

Info: Position: 3B/DH/OF DOB: 1/14/1992 Bats: R, Throws: R Height: 6′ 5″ Weight: 215 Rankings: #1: MLB Top Prospect.com Thirdbaseman #3: MLB Top Prospects.com list of Top 100 Prospects #1: Chicago Cubs prospect by MLB Top Prospect.com Draft details: Drafted by the Cubs in the 1st Round, 2nd overall in the 2013 Draft out of University of San Diego, CA. Scouting grades: On the scouts scale of 20 to 80. Hitting: 60 | Power: 75 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 55 | Overall: 70