The 2013 MLB Draft is important for the Cubs. They have the 2nd pick in the draft and they have to get this right. Most have assumed they will select a college arm but history says that a college bat is your safest bet. Kris Bryant is the cream of the crop this year. He’s hitting .386/.561/.986 with 12 HRs. He has shown outstanding patience this year, walking 26 times in 98 PAs. An advantage with Bryant is that he may not be as expensive as the top college arms, so it may leave room for over slot picks further down the draft. That makes him a darkhorse at the very top of the draft.
With that in mind, here is the scouting report from Cubs Den contributor and aspiring scout, Kevin Gallo. You can check out more of his work at BigLeagueFutures.net.
Scouting Report on Kris Bryant
by Kevin Gallo
Player’s Name: Kris Bryant
Junior at University of San Diego
Bats/ Throws: R /R
Body: Bryant has a long frame with rounded shoulders. He has a strong young body with long limbs and could add some weight without losing too much agility. He already has a mature frame but could continue to get stronger in the upcoming years.
Swing: Bryant has a very wide but balanced stance with his hands at shoulder level and bat level over his shoulder. He has a very low stride to the plate, a good weight shift and short backward hand draw. He has a quick bat with plus bat speed. This, along with his short direct path to the ball swing and superior leverage give him plus power. He also shows plus plate coverage and batting eye, which adds to him being an above average to plus batter. His ability to get the head of the bat on the ball and the ball just explodes off of his bat like a cannon. I recently watched him launch a 93 mph fastball that was tailing down and in on him 460 ft. His approach is very good and he makes adjustment from at bat to at bat and pitch to pitch. You put all that together and you have a great pure hitter.
Base running: Bryant is far from being a plus runner but he also doesn’t clog the bases either. He could be said to have average speed but it would be on the lower range of average bordering on below average.
Defense: Bryant has made big strides in the field since the last time I saw him. He is more agile than most people believe and he moves to his right extremely well. I saw him make a very difficult backhanded grab down the line and just fire to first. It is my belief that he can stay at 3B, but he is also athletic enough to handle a corner OF position.
Summary: Bryant is the best pure bat in this year’s draft in my opinion. He is a top 5 pick in the draft and has all the tools to be an elite hitter in MLB. As for his ability to play 3B, I think he can stay there, but at the very least you stick him at 3B until he proves he can’t handle it. Bryant will have a great future in the MLB and I have no doubt in that.
Here is a 2013 video of Bryant.
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