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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Jeff Luhnow defends drafting Mark Appel after trading him - Ultimate Astros

That has to sting.

Trading Mark Appel — the first overall draft pick in 2013 and the eighth overall draft pick in 2012 — in a package with four other pitchers for a premier young closer and a 17-year-old shortstop speaks for itself.

Appel hasn’t lived up to expectations. And everything that has transpired since the Astros drafted him indicates the organization made the wrong choice picking atop the 2013 draft.

The second pick that year, third baseman Kris Bryant of the Cubs, was the National League Rookie of the Year in 2015 by a unanimous vote. Appel, 24, has yet to pitch in the big leagues. Bryant, 23, hit 26 home runs and had an .858 OPS last season in the bigs.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 13, 2015 at 09:05 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, kris bryant, mark appel

Monday, December 07, 2015

Sources: Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco filed grievances over manipulation of service time

That’s a lot of gratitude from Kris Bryant after the Cubs improved his defense!

Potential service-time manipulation looms as a significant issue with Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association ramping up discussions on a new collective-bargaining agreement after the current one expires Dec. 1, 2016. While neither case has yet to reach an arbitration panel, according to sources, the grievances indicate that players believe teams have not abided by the intention of service-time rules and operated in bad faith.

Bryant, the National League Rookie of the Year last season, debuted April 17 and finished the season with 171 days of service time. A full year of service comprises 172 days. The Cubs sent Bryant to Triple-A to start the season, and by calling him up when they did, they positioned themselves to stave off his free agency until 2021. Had Bryant played in their previous game and stayed on the major league roster for next five seasons, he would hit free agency following the 2020 season.

Franco debuted in September 2014 and started the 2015 season at Triple-A. On May 12, the Phillies optioned their everyday third baseman, Cody Asche, to the minor leagues but didn’t recall Franco. He arrived May 15 and finished the season with 170 days of service.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 07, 2015 at 05:11 PM | 36 comment(s)
  Beats: arbitration, kris bryant, maikel franco, mlbpa, service time

Monday, November 16, 2015


Monday, October 05, 2015

Cubs’ Kris Bryant has top-selling MLB jersey

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had the best-selling jersey in all of Major League Baseball during the regular season, according to sales on the league’s official website.

The 23-year-old Bryant is the youngest player to lead the top-20 list, though youth is a theme among those that come off the racks the quickest.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner, who is 26, is No. 2, followed by his catcher Buster Posey (28), Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw (27), Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout (24) and Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (22).

Thanks to Bryant—and the team’s first postseason berth since 2008—the sales of Cubs merchandise this season are up 80 percent year versus a year ago. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joins Bryant in the top 10, coming in at No. 8.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 05, 2015 at 11:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant, merchandise

Tuesday, September 08, 2015


Monday, September 07, 2015

WATCH: Kris Bryant hits one off Wrigley video board

If not for running into the video board, MLB statcast estimates that the homer was going 495 feet. That makes Bryant’s shot the longest of the 2015 season for anyone in the majors. Here’s the top 10:

1. Bryant on Sunday, 495 feet
2. Michael Taylor, 8/20, 492.8
3. Jonathan Schoop, 8/26, 484.5
4. Nelson Cruz, 4/29, 482.7
5. Josh Donaldson, 4/23, 481.2
6. Hanley Ramirez, 6/21, 480.5
7. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/23, 478.6
8. Giancarlo Stanton, 5/16, 478.4
9. Giancarlo Stanton, 6/5, 478.4
10. Kris Bryant, 6/5, 477.4 [/em}


Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Bryant Homer Lifts Cubs to 2-1 Win Over Indians - The New York Times

Bryant appears locked in.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 25, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, kris bryant

 

 

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