The Chicago Cubs added a top 50 prospect to their organization on Thursday.
After months of speculation that the Cubs would take one of two college pitchers, Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray, with the second overall selection in the 2013 first year player draft, the Cubs made a surprising selection.
The Cubs selected power hitting third baseman/outfielder Kris Bryant.
Bryant was considered to be a top 3 pick and produced incredible numbers for the University of San Diego. During the 2013 season with University of San Diego, Bryant hit a record of 31 home runs to along with 62 RBIs. Bryant had a line of .329/.493/.820/1.314 as well during the 2013 season.
There have been rumors that Bryan projects as an outfielder, though, those projections were given in association with the team that was projected to draft the third baseman. The Cubs were not among the projected teams to draft Bryant.
When you consider the fact that the Cubs have yet to truly identify their long-term third baseman, chances are Bryant could slide into that position. There is no question that Bryant has the power to play a corner infield position. There has been questions about his ability to play third base, mainly because of a lacking quick first step but Bryant has the arm and athleticism to play the hot corner.
Make no mistake about it, Bryant has earned a reputation for his offensive ability. It is that offensive ability that makes him one of the most promising prospects in the Cubs’ organization.