Kris BryantAlthough the trade and rumor activity has obviously been nuts over the past few days, I’ll still do my best to give you a good show on the 30th and 31st at the Deadline. I’m sure there will still be plenty to cover for the BN Blogathon those days, even if a few of the big chips have already been moved. We’re still shooting for our goal of $12,000 donated to Make-A-Wish and 36 hours of blogging at the Deadline. Check out how you can help get us there.

  • After just a couple games with the rookie ball team, top 2013 draft pick Kris Bryant is headed up to short season low-A Boise, per Sahadev Sharma. Bryant is likely to play for a least a little at Boise while as he gets back into baseball shape. From there, I could see him reaching High-A Daytona by the end of the minor league season (which comes at the end of August/beginning of September). Kane County would be a fit, but, as Sahadev wisely points out, they’ve currently got Jeimer Candelario manning third base, and, at 19, he’s not really in line for a promotion.
  • His swan song with the AZL Cubs was a wrist-flicking double captured by BN’er Eric Pauly. That’s some easy power:

  • DarthHater

    Bryant’s stance looks wide enough for the Minneapolis Airport men’s room.

    • Brett

      Wow. What a reference.

      • DarthHater

        Thank you. I’ll be performing all week at the Poconos Days Inn.

        • Crockett

          The one in Liberty? Or Scranton?

          I am making this trip now.

          • DarthHater

            Sorry. Forest Moon of Endor Poconos. I should have been more specific.

            • Crockett

              Damn you, sir. Damn you.

            • MXB

              Watch out for the wild animals there…I heard they are cute but vicious

        • miggy80

          Is the “under the door hand wave” still constitute a transaction in Minneapolis?

    • Eric

      Larry is that you?

    • Hatfield

      Taps foot

      Oh wait, never mind, that’s what that means.

    • Idaho Razorback

      Ahh…. Larry Craig, Idaho’s very own toe tapper

  • Patrick G

    I know it’s a dumb thing to compare prospects to MLB players, especially like Bryant’s whose played in a handful of games. But his stance and his short swing remind me alot of Paul Goldschmidt. Again, not saying Bryant will become him, just an observation

  • Spriggs

    Easy power is a great way to put it! He has such a smooth strong swing and you can almost feel the power it generates.

    I was sitting just to your left with my Cubs, Ted Lilly t-shirt!

  • JulioZuleta

    I’m always surprised at how quick Bryant is on the bases.

    • butlerdawgs

      Watching that video, the thing I was most impressed with was how quickly he went from first to second.

      • Cyranojoe

        Ditto. And how quickly he got to first in the first place. Damn long legs, and they move quickly. Made the field look shrunk down.

  • cubchymyst

    Is it possible for the Cubs to send Bryant, Almora, and Soler to the Arizona Fall League without 1 of them (likely Bryant) playing in AA? If not how many games would Bryant need in AA for all 3 to play?

    • Spriggs

      The AA roster deadline is August 1.

    • cms0101

      Bryant’s not going to AA. If he moves up from Boise, the highest he will go this season is Daytona.

      • MichiganGoat

        I would be shocked if he made it to Daytona… my guess is that is where he will start next year and be in AA by mid season.

        • willis

          Seeing that they never play baseball there after about July 15, I’m fine with him not going to Daytona and actually getting some ABs and field work.

      • Spriggs

        I think we realize that. The question revolves around eligibility for the AFL. You can have 1 guy in the AFL who is below AA. Plus there is some vague rule about an exception for a foreign player (which Soler might qualify for).

        • cms0101

          If you realize that then the question is moot. Almora isn’t going to AA this season either, so only one of them will be eligible for the AFL. Given that Bryant played a full college season and Almora has missed time with injury, I would think it would have to be Almora going to the AFL. I believe Soler used the foreign player exception you’re referring to last season. It would be great if they could do it again.

          • Spriggs

            I was just answering the question.

            Soler did not play in the AFL last year. I am hoping this year, Baez, Soler, and either Almora or Bryant go.

            • cms0101

              They were talking about the foriegn player exception related to Soler last year. I didn’t remember if he played or not. I hope they find a winter league for Vogelbach to play in. He’s lost quite a bit of weight this season and I’d like to see him keep it off by staying busy.

            • cubchymyst

              I think it be cool if the Cubs could send all 4 of Bryant, Almora, Baez, and Soler. For 1 month at AA Bryant could get an extra month of league experience. Next year he could start back at high A if the organization wants.

              • Spriggs

                That would be awesome!

        • cubchymyst

          I am asking about fall league eligibility (I am not saying Bryant needs to start at AA just if he had to if the cubs wanted to send all 3 to fall league). Found what I was looking for.

          Soler qualifies as a foreign born players but only 1 of Almora and Bryant can go unless 1 of them qualifies for AA. That makes the question with approximately 1 month left do you put Bryant in AA to so that all 3 can play? If you don’t the Cubs would have to chose between Almora or Bryant (they might of already decided not to send all 3 at which point it doesn’t matter where Bryant starts).

          • X the Cubs Fan

            Alcantra could go to couldn’t he? The small chance of sending all 5 would be ridiculous to think about.

        • RoughRiider

          I wish the AFL would make a rule that at least 1 position player from each MLB team that sends players has to start. I’ve been to AFL games were no cub player played. I’m not a Mesa fan I’m a CUB fan.

  • Finkelstein $hit Kid

    Yeah Braun felt the “fist of justice” ad he probably enjoyed it.

  • Justin Koehneke

    If they send junior lake down or even make him a bench player I will be pissed!! Let him play out the season and see what he can do playing everyday. I know he won’t stay hot like this but DeJesus is not a long term answer. It’s time to start seeing if some of these prospects can play.

    • ETS

      if lake’s getting a taste of success @ MLB level and then being sent down focuses him and makes him more driven to get back then I’m all for it. Lake is far from polished and every person reacts differently to successes/failures. We have to trust the cubs staff to do what’s best for Lake long term.

    • gocatsgo2003

      Well, they could send him back down to get a week or so worth of consistent at-bats while DeJesus establishes that he’s healthy enough to be flipped for a couple prospects before coming back up. DeJesus probably isn’t the long-term answer in center, but he’s a pretty solid player with a pretty affordable option next season (without looking, I think a $6.5MM option with a $1.5MM buyout).

      • Justin Koehneke

        We wont get much for him anyways. If he’s proving he belongs in the mlb now why take him away from that. Don’t fix what isn’t broken

        • Mr. B. Patient

          If we trade Soriano, and if Lake continues to look comfortable at he plate (doesn’t mean he needs to hit above 500), and if Lake can get a significant number of PA’s. Keep him up. If he’s on the short side a platoon,, send him to AAA and let himget at bats and time in the outfield.

          The stats in his first 4 games are fantastic, but you can’t alter a guys development over 4 games.

          He is must see TV, though.

        • gocatsgo2003

          … because he has to get consistent at-bats and DeJesus is likely to slide right back into this spot in center (at least on a platoon basis) once he is healthy. Spending one week in July back down in AAA isn’t going to change Lake’s development schedule. At all.

          • Eternal Pessemist

            I’d rather hang onto Dejesus the rest of the season so he can prove his health and improve his winter trade value (or keep him into next year if needed).

  • savant

    Hoyer said during his XM interview today that the hope is Bryant moves to Kane County as soon as he gets the rust off in Boise.

  • Corey

    So Grimm and Olt are at Iowa, Edwards is it Kane County right?

    • George Jetson

      Edwards is in Daytona (High A)

  • Dan

    They could promote Vollelbach to Daytona and then DH Jamier as his glove is a strong point for him.

  • PKJ

    It looked like that pitch to Bryant was low and away, yet he drove it to left instead of taking it the other way. Does he tend to be a pull hitter, or does he show power to all fields?