Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: Kris Bryant droolfest

The fact that Kris Bryant is a highly regarded prospect will come as no surprise to any of you. We’ve been following his progress since he was the second pick in this year’s draft by our beloved Chicago Cubs. What most of us didn’t expect was for him to advance to High-A in his first season. He didn’t even sign until July 12. Now he’s playing in the Arizona Fall League and is hitting the ball here, there and everywhere. Kris Bryant

Bryant’s season has been extended in the AFL, where he is playing for the Solar Sox and leading the league in batting (.438), home runs (four), runs (10), RBIs (13) and slugging (.906).

It’s hard to sneak up on people when you’re the second player drafted, but the AFL seems to be Bryant’s coming out party. He credits his time in college as a major factor in his development.

“Going from high school straight into professional baseball, I think only a certain few can do that,” Bryant said. “I didn’t know if I was the one. Looking back on that decision to go to San Diego and have the coaches there get you better, I think it was definitely the right decision. I think it will only help me in this league and in the future, too.”

One thing for which Bryant has been praised is his work ethic and willingness to adapt to coaching.

“Getting to know Kris in the short period of time [he's been with the Cubs], he’s going to make adjustments when he feels things aren’t right or he feels he needs to make some type of physical adjustment,” said Anthony Iapoce, the Cubs’ Minor League hitting coordinator. “He’ll start making those on his own, or he’ll come and question, and say, ‘Hey, I want to do this.’ He won’t sit there and keep making outs. He’s going to find a way to adjust, or he wouldn’t be the second pick in the Draft.”

Iapoce wasn’t about to make any drastic changes in Bryant’s approach.

“He loves baseball, and he wants to be the best at it,” Iapoce said. “He knows the work he’s put in has given him confidence for what he wants to accomplish.”

We hope to see you soon in Chicago, Kris.

The man managing Bryant and Albert Almora in the AFL is Bill Richardson. He’s in the Angels organization, but is as impressed as we are by the two.

“You’re looking at two special kids,” Mesa Solar Sox manager Bill Richardson said. “Getting to know them now, they are great-makeup guys. Great workers. Almora is a baseball rat. Bryant has power that you don’t see in young players.”

Scouts are liking what they see, too.

“He has total control of the strike zone, is very short to the ball and has power to all fields,” one scout said.

Another added: “It’s not an all-or-nothing swing. It’s very controlled.”

And one more quote about their dedication:

More than anything, the Solar Sox coaches are impressed with Almora and Bryant’s work ethic. Time and again, it’s what keeps coming back to describe Bryant’s rise to the Cubs’ No. 2-overall pick in June.

“That’s the sixth tool we don’t talk enough about,” Richardson said of both players. “Their insides match their outsides.”

Can we just start 2015 now?

38 thoughts on “Chicago Cubs Thursday Headlines: Kris Bryant droolfest

  1. Doc Blume says:

    I posted this in the previous thread just before Carl posted the headlines, so here it is again:

    The Ricketts family and the city are being sued. http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20131023/BLOGS04/131029919/apartment-landlord-sues-to-block-wrigley-hotel

  2. Doc Blume says:

    “Their insides match their outsides.”

    Ewe. Gross.

  3. juliedicaro says:

    Did John Lester doctor the ball? Butt hurt Cards fans say “yes” Let’s go to the video tape!

    vine.co/v/hpAnrTTIXLE”

    1. Doc Blume says:

      Interesting…

      I’d probably be a little more suspicious if the ball actually was moving strangely last night. I didn’t see any such thing. Usually in incidents of ball doctoring, you’ll see huge breaking sliders and two seam fast balls…and I really didn’t notice any odd.

      But who knows.

      Cardinal fans are pretty strict when it comes to playing by the rules because none of their players have ever done anything illegal. And if they had, I’m sure they would have called them out. *cough* *cough*

      1. juliedicaro says:

        I was just looking at Pitch F/X. Nothing different last night.

  4. Doc Blume says:

    I was thinking that I would hate watching this World Series…

    I watched the whole game last night…and can’t wait for game 2 tonight.

    1. Dwer says:

      I can’t wait for the earth to open up and swallow both teams whole.

      1. FrankS says:

        If I’m home tonight, I’ll be watching Hawkey. I had a great time at the UC on Saturday.

  5. sloanpeterson2 says:

    The pictures coming out this morning show a shiny blob in his glove. And the fact that the league points out nobody complained at the time, makes the possibility that something was in his glove. In the build-up to the series there were several articles stating that FOX/MLB hoped for a L.A.- Boston world series,due to the fan bases, and the huge ratings that could follow. Last night, Fox basically crowned Boston as America’s team, and made it seem that Cardinals fans would be pinko commies not to root for the Sox. I think the blob could have been lip balms, so when he went ot his mouth, it would taste o.k….

  6. Doc Blume says:

    The truth is out about what has happened with Lester last night…it was an allowed combination of items that increase the grip on the ball.

    And Adam Wainwright has confirmed he has used the same thing.

    BAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Cardinals fans are such tools.

    1. J says:

      I’m just hoping Boston gets this done in 4. This way I can talk to my family of Cardinals fans again (I’m currently on Cardinals Fan interaction hiatus) and remind them we are both in the same boat- “fans of teams that didn’t win the World Series”

      1. Doc Blume says:

        I want this over in 4 just so the Cubs can finish up this stupid managerial search.

        1. FrankS says:

          I dunno, anyone that is chosen is going to be a disappointment at least until he proves otherwise in the dugout. The swing and a miss on Joe Girardi really hurt.

  7. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Source please…

  8. sloanpeterson2 says:

    Reply thing still does not work?

  9. juliedicaro says:

    More word to the effect that Renteria is the Cubs’ first choice. So put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    1. FrankS says:

      If you were to describe Renteria as pipe tobacco, what type of blend would he be?

      1. juliedicaro says:

        I’m afraid I don’t know my pipe tobaccos as well as I should. Can we use another medium?

        1. FrankS says:

          Ganja, perhaps? At least that would make the Cubs a bit easier to take.

          1. J says:

            Not really. Eventually you get sober and the Cubs still suck.

  10. juliedicaro says:

    Per Gordon Wittenmeyer, the Cubs managerial candidate list has grown to as many as seven. SEVEN.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I’m assuming I’m on that list then.

      1. juliedicaro says:

        We know of five candidates. If we add you and me, that’s seven. Done.

        1. Doc Blume says:

          If you get the job, I’d appreciate it if you made me your bench coach…

          or third base coach.

  11. Anonymous says:

    How good are you at signaling, “slide! slide!”?

    1. juliedicaro says:

      I can do mean windmill, if necessary.

    2. Doc Blume says:

      I learned everything I know from Wendell Kim.

  12. Doc Blume says:

    Eric Wedge is a candidate…and is supposedly in the process of being interviewed by the Cubs right now.

    I was wondering when his name would show up…I would not be against hiring him. Honestly, I have a better feeling about him than any of the other candidates right now.

  13. dabirdguy says:

    Matt Williams, one of my top 5 choices, went to the Nats.
    Bummer.

  14. Doc Blume says:

    And Matt Williams appears to have locked up the Nationals’ job. Interesting.

  15. Doc Blume says:

    Wittenmyer states that Wedge is the 6th candidate and that there is still one mystery candidate out there. That would be me.

    1. J says:

      Mystery candidate of Nate Silver, cause you know– math. After having Dale for 2 seasons the front office is thinking having someone who can do the math on the fly might help with the whole SABRcoaching thing.

  16. dabirdguy says:

    Let us hope it is Mikee.

    1. Doc Blume says:

      I doubt it…

      I would not be surprised if it was DeMarlo Hale.

  17. Doc Blume says:

    I just saw this…the Brewers haven’t had a Gold Glove winner since 1982.

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