Chicago Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer spoke with reporters on Tuesday from Wrigley Field. Hoyer indicated that no promotion is near for top prospect, third baseman Kris Bryant.
“It is fun to see a guy put up that kind of month,” Hoyer said before the Cubs played the New York Mets. “We tell every prospect to go dominate. He’s obviously doing that. We probably want to see it for a little while longer.” -Jed Hoyer, ESPN Chicago
No word on how much longer the Cubs’ front office wants to keep Bryant at the Double-A level with the Tennessee Smokies, but Hoyer also alluded to the idea that Bryant, when promoted, will be promoted to the Iowa Cubs and not to the Major League team.
“It’s been only two months at that level and he’s sort of been skipping up through the system without a lot of time at one level,” Hoyer said. “He’s everything we hoped for. Hopefully he’ll keep it up.” -Hoyer, ESPN Chicago
Bryant certainly has been dominating with the Smokies this season. Through 56 games with the Smokies this season, Bryant is hitting .351/.455/.688 with 18 home runs and 49 RBIs. Bryant has seemingly proven in his first two months this season that the Double-A level is no challenge for him.
Despite that fact, Bryant appears to be staying at the Double-A level for the near future. Bryant will undoubtedly be with the Iowa Cubs before the season concludes. But there is some question over whether or not Bryant will make his Major League debut before the 2014 season ends.
At this rate, Bryant’s chances of making his Major League debut this season appears to have taken a hit after Hoyer’s comments on Tuesday.
The next stop for Bryant will be in Iowa. Before Bryant can be promoted to the Major Leagues from Iowa, the third baseman will need to have sustained success at that level. Considering Bryant will likely play three months with the Smokies before being promoted to Iowa, it’s conceivable that Bryant could finish the final three months of the season with the Iowa Cubs.
Under that scenario, Bryant could be ready to make his Major League debut on Opening Day of the 2015 season.