Cubs sending Kris Bryant to Daytona

Cubs sending Kris Bryant to Daytona
August 12, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs have put Kris Bryant on the fast track.

After just 18 games at short-season Boise, the No. 2 overall pick will head to High-A Daytona, bypassing Low-A Kane County on the way.

Bryant, 21, hit .354 with four homers, 16 RBIs and a 1.108 OPS in 77 plate appearances with the Boise Hawks. He struggled out of the gate in his professional career after a long layoff between the end of his college season and his first game action in the Cubs system.

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The Cubs opted not to have Bryant play with 2012 first-round pick Albert Almora in the Chicago suburbs at Kane County. Between Bryant's numbers at Boise and a desire not to upset the rhythm and development of the Cougars' everyday third baseman — 19-year-old Jeimer Candelario — a move to Daytona made the most sense.

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Cubs fans in Florida will get another chance to see one of the Cubs' elite prospects. Javier Baez and Jorge Soler started the season in Daytona, but Baez was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and Soler landed on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his leg.

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The Cubs' top two pitching prospects — right-handers Pierce Johnson and C.J. Edwards — are also currently with Daytona.

Bryant was informed of the promotion Monday and should be in the lineup Tuesday when the D-Cubs start a stretch of four games in two nights and eight games in six days.