Kris Bryant, third baseman, University of San Diego. While this wasn’t my first choice (Mark Appel), I’m thrilled the Cubs decided to take the young third baseman, who had an astounding 31 home runs this year, with their pick instead of the young power pitcher Jonathan Gray. I’m a big Jonathan Gray fan and realize that he probably has the highest ceiling of the top three, but I believe that Bryant has a higher floor than Gray, while still having a ceiling of a potential 40 home run hitter. He’s the safer bet at this point and the person that I saw as the second best prospect in the draft.
The Current State Of The Farm System
Bryant enters the Cubs farm system as one of the top five best prospects they have, if not the best prospect they have. In my opinion, I think he slides in as the third best prospect behind Baez and Almora. However, the potential for all three of these players plus someone like Soler, is an encouraging thought for the future of the organization.