Now that the likes of Gregory Polanco, Jon Singleton and George Springer have already gotten the call to the big leagues, fantasy owners are looking for the next potential young stud that may receive the call next.
That likely won’t be Chicago Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant.
Bryant was recently promoted to Triple-A Iowa and has wasted no time showing that he belongs, meaning that another promotion could be in the near future. However I wouldn’t bet the ranch that it happens anytime soon.
Bryant has hit four home runs in his first five games, including a tie-breaking shot in the fifth inning Monday to give Iowa a 4-3 victory over Albuquerque.
Cubs’ team President Theo Epstein emphasized Friday that Bryant wouldn’t be promoted to the majors this season, even though he has a .346 batting average, 26 home runs and 64 RBIs with Double-A Tennessee and Iowa.
Since being promoted to Iowa, Bryant is 4-for-18 (.222) with eight strikeouts, but all of his hits have been home runs.
The power is definitely there, but it may still take some time to fully adjust to Triple-A pitching.
I own Bryant in a keeper league and while I would love to see him up this season, it really doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for the Cubs to call him up with the team struggling to win games as it is.
At the end of the day I fully expect Bryant to be a potential fantasy difference maker.
It just won’t be this year.