Cubs area scout Alex Lontayo and Cubs Den contributor Kevin Gallo share their thoughts on Kris Bryant

Cubs area scout Alex Lontayo and Cubs Den contributor Kevin Gallo share their thoughts on Kris Bryant

We've got some special stuff from you on Kris Bryant today.  Normally we don't get to quote scouts except indirectly and anonymously, but today we received permission to share some thoughts from you from one of the Cubs top scouts.

Alex Lontayo is the Cubs Area Scout on the west coast where Bryant played, of course, and was instrumental in bringing the slugging 3B to Chicago. He was kind enough to send some of his thoughts to share with you with the following statement...

Kris is a special player and person. Very athletic, plus arm, can run for a player his size and as almost everyone knows, has incredible leverage and power in his bat. Has a solid work ethic and a quiet confidence that makes you believe he will be an impact player at the next level. He comes from a great family, which is extremely supportive, and has guided him to become the person he is. Such a high character person that you immediately become a fan after talking to him. The more I watched him and spent time with him, the more convicted I became. All the background work I did turned up the same results, people that have had the chance to really know him, absolutely believed and liked him. Positive feedback across the board both on and off the field, including the classroom, dating back to high school. I’m excited and look forward to watching his continued development and career in our organization.

We also have stuff from a guy we think may be a pro scout himself one day -- Cubs Den contributor and Big League Futures scouting guru Kevin Gallo.  Kevin has seen Kris Bryant many times already as he has been out in the area to scout, so these are his own thoughts.

As we all know I have been a Kris Bryant supporter since the beginning, so John asked me to guest post. Kris Bryant’s most obvious tool is power. However, it was the intangible ones that impressed me. He was a quiet leader on the field and puts the good of the team ahead of his individual stats. At every inning you could find him at the top of the stairs cheering on his teammates. He was always one of the first to be on the field and one of the last to leave. He took practices as seriously as he did the games, realizing that it is really the only way to get better. Despite the hard work he still always had a smile on his face. He is a rare type of player. The one that plays with passion but you can tell he is still having fun out there.

There is no arguing his physical tools. He stands 6’5 at 215lbs, so he has room to add some muscle still. Given the power he has already shown that is pretty scary. I don’t think adding that muscle will affect his quickness or range much. It is my belief he can stay at 3B for a while and will not be a liability there.

The one thing that I really didn’t touch on was Kris’ Family; I had the privilege meeting his Father Mike Bryant at a game. He knows his baseball and thought his son a very good work ethic. He has a solid support system in place for his journey to the majors. They followed him all over the country to see him play and I am sure they will make the trip to Wrigley soon.

As I already said I was a supporter of Bryant’s from the beginning of the season and now that he is signed I am happy and sad. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him play college ball anytime I wanted to, but now I don’t get a chance to see him as much. All that said I can’t wait to see him hitting bombs out of Wrigley and you bet I will be at his first game in Cubbies Blue.

Thanks to both Alex and Kevin for their thoughts and first hand observation/evaluation of a player that we should all be excited about both on and off the field.

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  • Welcome aboard Kris, may you have a long and prosporous career with the Cubs.

  • Glad to hear that they heard nothing but good things on this kid. It's nice to have a good/great ball player. It's even better when he's a good person in the clubhouse and off the field too.

  • In reply to GZUS:

    Agreed. Always ideal when you can have both.

  • Mr. Tall and Handsome is talented and a nice guy. Great draft pick! Did I read where Gray is getting schooled? How is Appel doing?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Appel is doing well. Went 4 solid innings again today.

  • The signings of both Almora and Bryant show that Theo and Co. were not just giving lip service to fans when they described the kind of players they were going to draft/accrue through free agency. They stressed character and work ethic (among other things), and thus far, they've been true to their word. Let's hope this trend continues through the offseason.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Exactly. And I like how they just went with the guys they thought had the best chance to succeed regardless of price tag.

  • Abt Alcantara today: It's one thing to see him feast on standard AA fare, and smack dingers and gappers against guys that will probably never see the inside of a major league dugout. It's another entirely to see him against a top line pitcher, and deposit a pitch in the upper deck of a major league stadium.

    I've seen him hit all season long, but today's performance really puts things in context. I can't wait until he arrives at Wrigley.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Agreed! He smoked a pretty good AA pitcher in Anthony Ranaudo -- a prospect who may well be ahead of him in the overall rankings.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    The ESPN broadcasters, in reference to the All-Star game, just said that the Mets' stadium isn't an easy place to hit homers. If this isn't just idle filler, it's a good sign for Alcantara's career.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    Agree! Want to see him in Wrigley sometime next year. He looked pretty good in spring training this year. Maybe he can force his way onto the Cubs roster with a great spring nex season.

  • In reply to Bilbo161:

    Patience, Grasshopper. Keep in mind that this kid has only been able to buy beer for abt 10 months now. Plenty of time for him to develop; I doubt the Cubs would let him go North next Spring, no matter how well he does in Az.

  • Glad to have him in the fold. This article is yet another reason why this is the BEST blog around when it comes to the Cubs. Thanks for the professional viewpoint guys!

  • In reply to Bill:

    You are welcome and thanks!

    I know you guys here our views a lot so it's nice to hear it not just from a pro, but the pro who probably saw him more than anybody in the Cubs organization.

  • Predict the date: Bryant's first game in Boise.

  • In reply to GoFreakingCubs:

    Office pool!

    7/26

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    I'll go 7/23.

  • In reply to Eldrad:

    I was told it should only 2 weeks to shake off the rust so, I say the 29th.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    I'm too optimistic sometimes.

  • Anyone going to see TEAM USA play at Kane County? I see Rondon and Beede on the team. Any other top picks?

  • In reply to AUBWDE:

    I will be there.

  • In reply to AUBWDE:

    I have tickets but I also have a 102 fever right now. Hoping it's a 24 hour bug and I can still go.

    Otherwise may have to give them away ;(

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    John, take care of yourself! You're working too hard and must learn to delegate more authority. Your immune system is paying the price. I remember last winter when you couldn't shake the flu bug. Yes, it was a nasty virus, but a lot of people did not have relapses nor take such a long time to get better.

  • In reply to shalin:

    Thanks Shalin. You are right on that.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You think it will be sold out? I can't imagine it would be. I have been working here for two months--live in Alabama. I was hoping to go--several SEC guys on the roster.

    I have had a good run of seeing top prospects while up here. Buxton, Almora, Correa and saw Gerrit Cole in Indianapolis. I am flying back home for a weekend to see Archie Bradley. Lot of talent across the game right now.

  • In reply to AUBWDE:

    Won't be sold out. Probably not close. I was able to give away 100 tickets to the UA All-American and it was still pretty empty. These you have to pay for.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    You think you'll get more of those tickets John? I plan on taking that week off vacation. Lots of KC Cougars games that week plus the Under Armour Game is that Saturday.

    Kev, I'd like to meet you tonight. Just to say. John always wears his Bradley baseball cap so it's easy to spot him.

    Any big names going to be there? Future MLB super stars?

    Hope you feel better John.

  • I'm hoping Bryant ends up being a cross between Scott Rolen & Richie Sexton (with the best qualities of both of course)

    By the way, if the Cubs have informed Garza that he will most likely be traded, than they must be in "advanced" discussions with at least 2-3 teams. Otherwise, what else changed?

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    I think that's safe to assume, but it was also said because one last attempt to negotiate a deal fell through.

  • Thanks for your report, Kevin. Given Bryant's obvious physical tools, the part of your story I liked best was:
    ' He was always one of the first to be on the field and one of the last to leave. He took practices as seriously as he did the games, realizing that it is really the only way to get better. Despite the hard work he still always had a smile on his face. He is a rare type of player. The one that plays with passion but you can tell he is still having fun out there.'
    I like players with skills who also have fun out there. I think that is important in reaching their ceiling. The player in the Cubs system who comes to mind is Dan Vogelbach, who works hard, but also has fun. I think that Dan will have a career in the majors, barring injury.
    Don't want to put any pressure on Kris, but there was another player in a different sport who played in the summer Olympics in 1984 who loved to play his game and worked hard at it. I was in the hospital at the time in tremendous pain, but when I saw Michael Jordan, who had just been drafted by the Bulls a month earlier, play for the 1st time that summer on TV, I was laughing the whole game. I knew Chicago had a budding superstar.

  • In reply to shalin:

    He did wear 23 in College.

  • In reply to KGallo:

    There you have it!

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    The ESPN announcers are much, much better than the FOX guys. At least they have a clue up there. I actually heard the words FIP, OBP, and OPS+ when talking about players today lol.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    More knowledgeable and neutral.

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    Why not keep Strop in? He threw one pitch.

  • In reply to Marcel Jenkins:

    Would have had to make a double switch or let him bat since Borbon batted for him after the Barney homer.

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    In reply to brunsmk:

    Gotcha. Makes sense.

  • The criticism by Hershiser on Rizzo and Castro tonight seems legit.

  • Strop not pitching 7th is a tragedy.

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    The Cardinals are just unreal with RISP.

  • Yep, there goes Kevin Gregg's trade value...

  • Nobody on that team working the count.

  • One of my favorite 3Bman of all time was Matt Williams. Great defender and great bat. Does Bryant remind anyone of him?

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    To me that is like comparing him to Santo or Schmidt. I wouldn't do that just yet, it isn't fair to him.

  • In reply to cubs1969:

    I thought I read somewhere that Troy Glaus was the MLB comp. Tall, right-handed hitter with big time power. Athletic, adequate defender at 3B. It makes a lot of sense from what I've seen.

  • In reply to Ratmoss:

    I think that works but I think Bryant is the better athlete and should defend better.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    from what I saw of Bryants BP the other day, hes got a shorter, quicker swing than Glaus, who could get out of sorts at times. Glaus was also a notrorious pull hitter w/o a lot of opposite field power. Im betting Bryant might be more like a RH version of Chris Davis.

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    In reply to cubs1969:

    I understand all the enthusiasm over Bryant. But I think folks are getting a little too excited a little too soon. Let's at least wait until he tears up the minor leagues a bit, which hopefully he will.

    That said, it's good to see that none of the Cubs' top prospects are struggling to any huge degree. That's a nice trend after years of watching "can't-miss" guys flame out early.

  • 2015 should be a fairly big year, if all the kids mature. Baez, Soler, Alcantara, Bryant, possably Almora and Vogelbomb reaching the bigs simultaneously. Presuming they all live up to there billing, can you remember any team with this many potential impact players reaching the bigs at the same time?

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