Third baseman Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ top pick in 2013 and the Arizona Fall League MVP, could start 2014 at Double-A Tennessee.
“Kris probably has a good chance at starting at Double-A,” Cubs senior vice president of player development and amateur scouting Jason McLeod told ESPN.com. “I don’t think it’s dead-set, but he played a lot this year to earn the opportunity to go there.”
The second overall pick hit .336/.390/.688 with nine homers in 36 games last season at three levels, topping off at high Class A Daytona. He dominated in the AFL, batting .346/.452/.691.
For his part, Bryant, who just turned 22, is not intimidated by the prospect of moving up.
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“I have the confidence in myself to go out there every day and compete against the best,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “I think if you have that type of confidence then sky’s the limit.”
Bryant won the BA College Player of the Year award and the Golden Spikes Award. He also led all NCAA Division I hitters in home runs with 31 in his final season at San Diego.
“No pressure,” Bryant told ESPN.com. “If you let pressure creep in then you’re not having fun.”