Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Fantasy Focus: 2015 Fantasy Prospects- Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant, 3B.  Cubs.  DOB:  1/4/1992.  B-R, T-R.  6'5", 215 lbs.

2014 AA:  .355/.458/.702, 22 HR, 8 SB, 14.5 BB%, 25.9 K%, 297 PA.
2014 AAA:  .295/.418/.619, 21 HR, 7 SB, 14.5 BB%, 28.6 K%, 297 PA.

We go back to the Cubs for another top fantasy prospect.  To say Kris Bryant destroyed minor league pitching last year is an understatement.  You can see the numbers for yourself.  The only question mark with him, much like Javier Baez last year is will he make enough contact?  Although his K rates are high, they are not quite as high as Baez'.  Whether that helps him avoid having to grab as much pine as Baez did last year remains to be seen.  Bryant is being routinely drafted in early fantasy drafts.  He's going to an average of about $7 in Yahoo auction drafts and in round 13 in standard drafts.  Bryant is all but a lock to play 3B for the Cubs at some point this year, probably sooner than later.  I mean, they traded Luis Valbuena in the offseason pretty much to clear the way for Bryant.  The only question is whether he will be the Opening Day 3B or have to spend the first 6-8 weeks of the season in the minors waiting to become a "super two."  If the Cubs are serious about making a run this year, and it looks like key may be, they should just start Bryant at 3B out of the gate.  If his draft value holds up, he is a solid risk at those levels.  I know I am planning on drafting him in my auction draft if I can keep the cost at $10 or less.

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