Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Kris Bryant (still) staying put
By Jesse Rogers
CHICAGO -– Is it news when a team simply states a minor league player isn’t getting a promotion from Double-A to Triple-A? How about when the team stated the same thing about a week ago, then again on Tuesday?
It is when the player is Kris Bryant and the team is the Chicago Cubs, who desperately need offensive help. General manager Jed Hoyer said -- again -- Bryant isn’t going anywhere despite leading the Southern League in nearly all offensive categories, including the Triple Crown.
“It is fun to see a guy put up that kind of month,” Hoyer said before the Cubs played the New York Mets. “We tell every prospect to go dominate. He’s obviously doing that. We probably want to see it for a little while longer.”
No one knows what “a little while longer” means, but it can’t be much more than a few weeks to a month. Not after a May in which he hit 12 home runs and went hitless in only six games all month.
“It’s been only two months at that level and he’s sort of been skipping up through the system without a lot of time at one level,” Hoyer said. "He’s everything we hoped for. Hopefully he’ll keep it up.”
If he does, expect him to go to Triple-A Iowa, not to Wrigley Field. The Cubs haven’t even hinted he could skip a level in the minors. His time will come -- just not yet.
Hoyer said Triple-A prospect Javier Baez is fine after injuring his wrist over the weekend.
“It was a positive report on it,” Hoyer stated. “There was no fractures or anything. He’s a little sore. It’s not something that's serious.”
Baez pinch hit on Tuesday but Hoyer said he wasn’t sure when he would return to the starting lineup.