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Rookie Of The Year: Kris Bryant

Gordon Wittenmyer -

Kris Bryant has responded to every challenge the Cubs presented and has rarely struggled. (Photo by Tony Farlow)CHICAGO—Just before the Cubs made their final decision on the franchise’s highest draft pick in more than a decade—what had the chance to be the most significant pick in Theo Epstein’s organizational overhaul—Cubs executives flew to California for another meeting with Kris Bryant. “We asked him if he ever struggled,” Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said of the San Diego slugger who earn

BA Awards Gala | #2015 Rookie Of The Year#Anthony Rizzo#Joe Maddon

New Cubs Regime Finds Team In Need Of Pitching

Phil Rogers -Premium Content

For Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod, the pitching landscape they inherited with the Cubs was a wasteland. A lack of pitching depth exacerbated by two midseason trades led directly to the Cubs' first 100-loss season since 1966, and the outlook for pitching—especially power pitching—was just as grim in the farm system. Nothing is more important for the new regime than addressing that shortage.

Minors | #Cubs#Jason McLeod#Jed Hoyer