Cubs: Kris Bryant taking it all in stride during All-Star week

Cubs: Kris Bryant taking it all in stride during All-Star week
July 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
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Tony Andracki

In a couple years, Kris Bryant might be making regular appearances during Major League Baseball's All-Star week.

But for now, the 22-year-old is perfectly content playing in the Futures Game and getting the chance to meet stars like Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies.

As his Triple-A teammate Javier Baez crushed a homer for the World Futures team Sunday at Target Field, Bryant hit cleanup and played third base for the U.S. team.

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"It was fun," Bryant said. "It's something I'll be able to remember forever...I'm sure we'll have some stories to tell when we get back to [Triple-A] Iowa."

Bryant is barely a year into his professional baseball career, joining the Cubs organization as the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft. He dominated Double-A to start 2014 and hasn't slowed down at all in Triple-A, combining for 31 homers, 81 RBI and a 1.146 OPS in 92 games this year.

In four plate appearances with the U.S. team Sunday, Bryant didn't homer, walking once and picking up a pair of strikeouts. But he was just happy to be there.

"It's a huge honor," he told CSN's Kelly Crull. "Just to even be considered a future player in Major League Baseball is something that is very humbling and I just feel blessed to be here with so many great guys."

Bryant may be on the fast track to the big leagues, but don't expect to see him in Chicago anytime this year.

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When he does get the call, what position will Bryant be playing? He's played only third base so far, but has 24 errors there in 117 career minor-league games. Many predict he could be in for a move to the outfield, but for right now, he told Crull he would like to stay at the hot corner.

"I think my defense has gotten a whole lot better," he said. "Coming into the year, there was a lot of talk about where I'd be playing - outfield, third base. But I think I've come in and worked really hard to stay at third base and I sure hope to stay there. But if the time comes where I need to move a position, I'm all for it."

Tune in to Comcast SportsNet tonight at 10:00 as David Kaplan catches up with Bryant in Iowa to discuss his time in Triple-A.

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