Results tagged ‘ Kris Bryant ’

Cubs Acquire Dexter Fowler

The Cubs Convention is over, and the brain trust of the Chicago Cubs is back to work.  Earlier this morning the Cubs acquired Dexter Fowler from the Houston Astros for RHP Dan Straily, and bat flipping third baseman Luis Valbuena.  It’s the latest in a string of moves this off-season that signal the Cubs are no longer the doormat of Major League baseball, and have turned the corner in their building process.

Dan Straily was acquired from Oakland last year in the Jeff Samardzija deal, and Luis Valbuena was a waiver wire pickup.  Theo and Jed were able to turn that into Dexter Fowler, who will be the everyday centerfielder for the Chicago Cubs, he might play Fowlersome left field as well.  Fowler is the prototypical lead-off man, the kind that Joe Maddon loves, and that the Cubs have been without for so very long.  Fowler is an on base machine, .366 OBP for his career, and finished 2014 at a .375 clip.  You know what you are going to get with Fowler, he puts the bat on the ball, and isn’t afraid to take a walk, 60+ walks is the norm for Fowler.  This move opens up a number of possibilities for the Cubs heading into 2015.

TIME FOR KRIS BRYANT!!!  Well, not exactly.  I know Cubs fans all over want to see Kris Bryant at third base opening night, I do too, but let’s be realistic.  The Cubs have always pushed the service time issues with their prospects, and I doubt that the Cubs will fold now.  However, if Bryant forces the Cubs hand with a solid Spring Training then he might end up starting the season on the Northside.  Let’s just say that he doesn’t, and starts the season in Iowa, Bryant will be on the bleachers schedule, not ready for opening day, but spectacular when opened/called up.  My best guess is that Mike Olt will be given every opportunity to start the season at third base.  Olt is healthy, and has shown the ability to beat the crap out of the baseball, and play a better than average third base, so he’s the first choice.  I could also see Arismendy Alcantara moving back to second base with newcomer Tommy La Stella, and Javier Baez moving to third.  The important point here is that the Cubs have seemingly endless options with their every day lineup, something Joe Maddon is a wizard with, and I’m excited to see what he will do.

Pitchers, and catchers report in less than a month, and the hype machine is already in overdrive.

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Kris Bryant doing Kris Bryant Things (VIDEO)

Home run number 14 at Iowa for Kris Bryant.  After a mini-slump, Bryant has stormed back at the plate, which is a very good sign.  Sometimes young players can’t get themselves out of a funk, Bryant has been able to, at the highest minor league level.

 

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Kris Bryant Joins the 30-Homer Club (VIDEO)

Kris Bryant and Javy Baez went deep in the same game for the second time this weekend yesterday.  Bryant got all of this one for his eighth home run in Iowa, and 30th overall this season, it’s July 7th.

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What? Oh, Just a Kris Bryant Bomb (VIDEO)

Bryant and Baez hit HR’s in the same game for the first time…. first…. of many….. in Chicago?  We all hope so, for now, enjoy these fireworks (PUN!).

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Kris Bryant Hits Huge Grand Slam (VIDEO)

Wow.  With the Iowa Cubs trailing 5-2 in the eighth inning, Kris Bryant stepped to the plate with the bases loaded….. BOOM!  It was probably the biggest home run that Bryant has hit in his young career, nice to see him come through in a big spot with a huge hit.

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Kris Bryant is on a Homer Binge Again (VIDEOS)

After hitting two bombs on Sunday, Kris Bryant went deep again yesterday, that’s four homers with Iowa already.

Here’s the video, enjoy.

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Bryant Debuts in Iowa With a Blast! (Updated with VIDEO)

Kris Bryant made the wait for the Iowa Cubs game today well worth it.  After a lengthy rain delay, and three empty at bats from Bryant, he delivered.  After falling behind 0-2 in the count, Bryant worked it full and drove the next pitch over the right field wall for his first AAA home run.

The kid is special, the fans in Tennessee learned that quickly, now the fans in Iowa will figure it out, then… well, Chicago.

Here are a couple videos of the HR…

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Kris Bryant Destroys Home Run Number 22 (VIDEO)

Another night, and another bomb from Bryant, twenty-two on the year.

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Kris Bryant Crushes HR Number Nine (VIDEO)

This was from last night, holy crap.  That ball was destroyed, and I like it.  He also hit his 10th HR of the season tonight, as soon as I have video, I will post it!

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Kris Bryant Has a Huge Night (VIDEO of Both HR’s)

Kris Bryant is getting bored with AA pitching, he went off tonight, or last night technically.  Bryant had three hits, a double, and two home runs, the double just missed being his third home run of the game.  He added a walk, and six RBI’s for good measure, the kid is impressive.

Two opposite field bombs, and that was easy power.  Excite!

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