Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Kris Bryant Hits 20th Home Run For Tennessee Smokies

With each passing day, it seems that Kris Bryant is making a larger case to be promoted to the Iowa Cubs.

While playing with the Tennessee Smokies on Saturday, Bryant hit his 20th home run of the season. Bryant has been on a tear during the first half of the season with the Smokies and there is a growing noise that the Cubs’ top prospect should be promoted to Triple-A Iowa.

Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer indicated last week that there was no promotion imminent for Bryant. However, it is beginning to look abundantly clear that Bryant has nothing left to accomplish at the Double-A level. With that said, one would think that the Cubs’ front office is smart enough to realize that Bryant’s talent is not being maximized with the Smokies.

The next step for Bryant is a promotion to Triple-A Iowa. There first was a belief that Bryant would not be promoted to Iowa until the Cubs decided what to do with Christian Villanueva. Villanueva has struggled with the Iowa Cubs this season and the Cubs may have been waiting to promote Bryant until Villanueva improved his value.

But the mere fact of the matter is that Villanueva is a fringe prospect. Bryant’s ascension to the Major League should not be impacted by Villanueva. Bryant is ready for the next step in his journey to the Major Leagues.


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  • Jesse Allison

    AAA? I honestly can’t think of a reason why he shouldn’t be batting clean up at Wrigley tomorrow. Who cares about burning a year of service, if he performs this well in the bigs he’ll be locked up to a long term deal well before he becomes a free agent

    • Jeff Gottlieb

      Kris Bryant can handle it. Even if he has some learning curve, Bryant has the makeup and confidence to handle it just fine. There’s no good reason to shorter his likely legendary career out of stubborn adherence to an unnecessary theory. Flip Bryant for Olt. There is nobody with a brain that can think Bryant can’t easily outperform Olt at any level right now. Olt needs work. Maybe he’ll figure it out someday, but, age aside, he needs the seasoning more than Bryant does.

      As for defense, let’s see it. Might as well found out sooner rather than later whether he will need to move to RF. If he does, no big deal. Better to know now so we know which direction to move Baez.

      Bonaficio CF
      Valbuena 2b
      Bryant 3B
      Rizzo 1B
      Castro SS
      Shierholtz RF

      Lake LF

      Castillo C