Kris Bryant is having a fantastic three true outcome Spring, with two homers, one walk, and six strikeouts in 10 plate appearances. That’s good for a humorous .222/.300/.889 line. I’m no human calculator, but I’d say over 600 plate appearances, Bryant would hit about 120 homers. That projection seems completely reasonable.
What, think I’m being hyperbolic? Don’t take it from me. Take it from the scouts who’ve watched Bryant recently and are saying glorious things to Jon Heyman:
“He’s a monster with ridiculous power,” one AL scout said.
“All-Star third baseman … soon,” one NL executive said.
“Huge power, Good athlete,” another NL executive said.
“Fifty homer power,” yet another NL executive (like the others not with the Cubs) said.
So, it’s not quite 120-homer power, but dropping a 50-homer label on a guy in the minors? That’s kind of insane. And I love it.
You can read the rest of Heyman’s piece for more drool-inducing praise. Just try to remind yourself that Bryant hasn’t yet played above High-A, and there’s still some learning, adjusting, struggling, and more adjusting ahead for him. Don’t let yourself rise and fall with every at bat.
MLB.com’s Jim Callis agrees with the crazy power labels, by the way, picking Bryant as the minor league home run leader for 2014. A snippet with some future love:
Bryant has everything needed for big-time home-run production. He has size (6-foot-5, 215 pounds), strength, bat speed, loft in his right-handed swing and the patience to wait for pitches he can crush. After winning a Minor League home-run title this year, he should do the same in the Major Leagues in the future.
Callis notes that he selected Bryant over Javier Baez as this year’s minor league home run king in part because he expects the Cubs to call up Baez at some point this year, reducing his minor league homer total. Jonathan Mayo, by the way, picks Baez as the minor league homer champ.
Nice to have both of the prospects that the pundits are choosing among, yes?