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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 27)
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Birth Date1-4-1992
Height6' 5"
Weight230 lbs
Age28 years, 8 months, 22 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2015 CHN 23 151 650 154 31 5 26 77 199 9 13 4 .275 .369 .488 120 17.8 2.3 -3.3 3.9
2016 CHN 24 155 699 176 35 3 39 75 154 18 8 5 .292 .385 .554 140 34.9 3.4 1.3 6.1
2017 CHN 25 151 665 162 38 4 29 95 128 15 7 5 .295 .409 .537 137 32.8 1.9 -3.9 5.3
2018 CHN 26 102 457 106 28 3 13 48 107 17 2 4 .272 .374 .460 109 6.6 -2.2 0.6 1.9
2019 CHN 27 147 634 153 35 1 31 74 145 15 4 0 .282 .382 .521 125 23.8 2.2 -18.1 2.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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2013 BOI A- NOR 18 77 .252 .328 .361 .404 107 8.6 2.0 0.1 170 0 -0.1 -0.2 3.5 0.6
2013 DAY A+ FSL 16 62 .264 .338 .381 .400 102 6.9 1.8 0 156 0 1.7 -0.6 2.3 0.5
2013 CUB Rk AZL 2 7 .259 .313 .381 .167 94 -0.4 0.2 0 69 0 -0.6 0.0 -0.4 -0.1
2014 TEN AA SOU 68 297 .256 .324 .384 .440 100 41.3 8.2 0.6 210 0 3.6 0.1 30.4 4.6
2014 IOW AAA PCL 70 297 .272 .336 .425 .367 94 35.4 8.9 1 182 0 3.5 -2.2 25.8 3.7
2015 CHN MLB NL 151 650 .255 .317 .404 .378 92 42 17.5 1.8 120 9 -3.3 2.3 17.8 3.9
2015 IOW AAA PCL 7 33 .275 .332 .413 .333 83 5.3 0.9 0.1 108 0 -1.0 0.5 -0.3 0.0
2016 CHN MLB NL 155 699 .260 .328 .428 .332 90 65.8 19.8 -0.6 140 8 1.3 3.4 34.9 6.1
2017 CHN MLB NL 151 665 .258 .327 .431 .334 99 46.1 19.5 2.1 137 8 -3.9 1.9 32.8 5.3
2018 CHN MLB NL 102 457 .248 .319 .410 .342 98 20.5 12.8 0.7 109 9 0.6 -2.2 6.6 1.9
2018 TEN AA SOU 2 6 .241 .296 .357 .333 91 2 0.2 0 109 0 0.1 -0.2 0.1 0.0
2018 IOW AAA PCL 4 13 .247 .324 .385 .333 89 1.1 0.4 -0.1 96 0 -0.2 0.3 0.0 0.0
2019 CHN MLB NL 147 634 .251 .320 .431 .331 98 33.8 19.2 0.1 125 6 -18.1 2.2 23.8 2.7

Statistics For All Levels

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2013 BOI A- NOR 77 65 13 23 8 1 4 45 16 8 17 0 0 .354 .416 .692 .338 3 0
2013 DAY A+ FSL 62 57 9 19 5 1 5 41 14 3 17 1 0 .333 .387 .719 .386 0 0
2013 CUB Rk AZL 7 6 0 1 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 .167 .143 .333 .167 1 0
2014 IOW AAA PCL 297 244 57 72 14 1 21 151 52 43 85 7 2 .295 .418 .619 .324 1
2014 TEN AA SOU 297 248 61 88 20 0 22 174 58 43 77 8 2 .355 .458 .702 .347 1
2015 CHN MLB NL 650 559 87 154 31 5 26 273 99 77 199 13 4 .275 .369 .488 .213 5 0
2015 IOW AAA PCL 33 28 7 9 1 0 3 19 10 2 9 2 0 .321 .364 .679 .357 2 0
2016 CHN MLB NL 699 603 121 176 35 3 39 334 102 75 154 8 5 .292 .385 .554 .262 3 0
2017 CHN MLB NL 665 549 111 162 38 4 29 295 73 95 128 7 5 .295 .409 .537 .242 6 0
2018 IOW AAA PCL 13 10 3 2 0 0 0 2 1 3 4 0 0 .200 .385 .200 .000 0 0
2018 CHN MLB NL 457 389 59 106 28 3 13 179 52 48 107 2 4 .272 .374 .460 .188 3 0
2018 TEN AA SOU 6 6 2 2 0 0 1 5 3 0 2 0 0 .333 .333 .833 .500 0 0
2019 CHN MLB NL 634 543 108 153 35 1 31 283 77 74 145 4 0 .282 .382 .521 .239 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2015 2659 0.4479 0.4889 0.6438 0.7330 0.2909 0.7468 0.4333 0.3562 -0.0042
2016 2677 0.4386 0.4879 0.7190 0.7172 0.3087 0.8159 0.5431 0.2810 0.0000
2017 2637 0.4482 0.4539 0.7602 0.6836 0.2674 0.8515 0.5707 0.2398 0.0000
2018 1735 0.4692 0.4870 0.7243 0.7138 0.2866 0.8348 0.4811 0.2757 0.0000
2019 2459 0.4473 0.4839 0.7160 0.7509 0.2678 0.8148 0.4918 0.2840 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-08-17 - Minors - - - Foot Contusion -


Year Team Salary
2020 CHN $18,600,000
2019 CHN $12,900,000
2018 CHN $10,850,000
2017 CHN $1,050,000
2016 CHN $652,000
2015 CHN $
4 yrPrevious$25,452,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$44,052,000
5 yrTotal$44,052,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 171 dBoras Corp.1 year/$18.6M (2020)

  • 1 year/$18.6M (2020). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/10/20 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$12.9M (2019). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/11/19 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$10.85M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.05M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/9/17.
  • 1 year/$0.652M (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 4/17/15 (earned $0.5075M in majors, $82,700 in minors for 2015 total of $474,221).
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2013 (1-2) (San Diego). $6.7084M signing bonus (slot amount).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 682 99 172 38 4 27 97 88 142 8 5 .300 .407 .522 150 63.8 3B 2, 7.0
80o 667 94 163 36 3 26 92 83 142 7 5 .289 .394 .502 144 56.0 3B 2, 6.2
70o 657 91 157 35 3 25 89 80 141 7 5 .282 .385 .490 139 50.6 3B 2, 5.6
60o 648 88 152 34 3 24 86 78 141 7 5 .276 .379 .479 136 46.1 3B 2, 5.1
50o 639 86 147 33 3 23 83 75 141 7 4 .270 .371 .468 132 41.9 3B 2, 4.7
40o 630 83 143 32 3 22 81 73 140 6 4 .265 .367 .458 129 37.9 3B 2, 4.3
30o 621 80 139 31 3 22 78 70 140 6 4 .261 .360 .454 125 33.7 3B 2, 3.8
20o 611 77 132 29 3 21 75 68 140 6 4 .251 .350 .437 121 28.9 3B 2, 3.3
10o 596 73 126 28 3 20 71 64 139 6 4 .244 .341 .426 115 22.5 3B 2, 2.6
Weighted Mean6408614833323847614174.271.373.46913342.43B 2,4.8

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BP Chats

2020-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is getting Kris Bryant and Drew Waters enough for Jack Flaherty in a dynasty league? Flaherty seems to be future stud ace.....but I love me some Waters.
(Derek from MN)
In a standard 5x5 roto league, yes, it is more than enough. We actually rank Bryant ahead of Flaherty in our top 500. Pitchers are difficult investments in dynasty, even young studs like Flaherty. I know some of us (cough, Bret Sayre, cough) absolutely adore Drew Waters as well. I recently traded Flaherty, Brad Hand, and Brett Gardner for Yoan Moncada, Dakota Hudson, and Josh Lowe in RotoWire Dynasty Invitational 20-team expert league. You would be doing far better than I did!

In a points league, however, I would need more for Flaherty. (Jesse Roche)
2020-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, was offered Kris Bryant and Drew Waters for Jack Flaherty. What are your thoughts on that?
(Jake from State Farm)
Give me Bryant and Waters. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-10-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Zack Wheeler feels like a future Cub to me. Your thoughts? Ayyyyyyyy!
(The Fonz from Milwaukee)
This implies they'd be willing to spend money on the roster. Ayyyyyyyy!

But seriously, they're dropping ~$32 million between Hamels and Zobrist. That gives them some flexibility but they need to address the lineup spot that Castellanos filled and Kris Bryant is going to get a bump from his Arb 2 salary of $12.9 million. Probably a substantial one. Wheeler might fit the tier of guy they want, but I'm guessing they're going to have around $25 million to spend on that rotation spot, the outfield spot, and some bullpen pieces combined. Might be a tight fit. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-08-23 15:30:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant just made an out by bunting.
(Buzz from Chicago)
I'll tally it on the big board. (??????????) (Craig Goldstein)
2019-07-09 12:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Bohm really be? Does he have the potential of a Kris Bryant?
(Chris from Philly)
So I've mentioned before how it can be hard at times to get off your old reports. I got bad ones about Bohm last year, but a few BP swings and yeah, I get it. It's easy 70 raw and a great frame, even if it isn't in games yet. Even in infield drills though he just looked awkward at third. Actions were stiff, he fields stuff off to the side, I didn't love the hands either. The Phillies seem fairly committed to him as a third baseman, but I think the defensive limitations will keep him from Kris Bryant type upside. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Chris Sale and Kris Bryant are showing signs of returning to form. Are there any buy low candidates you'd be trying to acquire?
(Dovahkiin from Whiterun)
I wrote about Jose Ramirez this week. I don't really know what has happened to him, but all the underlying numbers are really similar to back when he was one of the best hitters in the league. I'm still (relatively) optimistic. I'll take all the Vladito panic shares and I'm picking Chris Taylor back up. (Mark Barry)
2019-04-19 18:00:00 (link to chat)How do you think Kris Bryant fairs the rest of season? Would you look to move him in a dynasty league if you have a glut of other CIs?
(Matt from My desk)
PECOTA has him being quite productive ROS. The slow start, coupled with his struggles in 2018 make me wonder if the shoulder is still at least a bit of a problem. If I could play up the PECOTA projection and get something on par with that in return, I'd definitely be looking to deal from strength there. (Scott Delp)
2019-03-04 16:00:00 (link to chat)Andrew Vaughn looks like he has the whole Kris Bryant 'dominant college hitter' mold. When he gets drafted this summer, do you think he has a quick rise up the MiLB ladder? The bat seems incredibly advanced.
(Pleebac Jones from NY)
The R/R 1B profile will put big pressure on the power tool, but he should certainly hit at the next level. He'll move up as quickly as he is able to get to consistent game power in the pros. (Scott Delp)
2019-02-05 17:00:00 (link to chat)Yeesh. Given that this has been a pretty rough offseason to be a fan of the team, is there anything from PECOTA that you can share to make a Cubs fan somewhat optimistic, outside of possibly getting a pre-injury caliber Kris Bryant back?
(jg from Chicago)
Well, Anthony Rizzo remains really, really good! (Rob Arthur)
2019-02-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)Can teams please stop blatantly lying about prospects needing 11 days to shore up their defense as a defense for manipulating service time? I can at least respect them if they were honest about wanting an extra year of control. Or at least come up with something more believable like "Vladito is fat, and we want him to work with a trainer and dietician for a couple weeks before bringing him up."
(Jays Fan from Toronto)
Hey, as a Cubs fan who watched Kris Bryant go through the same thing, I'm with you. It's silly, but you can't blame teams for doing it while the rules are how they are. It's like complaining that fantasy owners can keep rookies down in the minors all season long even after they've come up to the MLB level--if that's the league rules, there's nothing you can do. (Kevin Jebens)
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)What on earth do us Dynasty leaguers do with Kris Bryant?
(Baseball player from Iowa corn field)
What choice do you have but to keep him and hope for the best. Unless you're in an Ottoneu league where he's at a really high salary, hang on and hope the shoulder is healthy. (Mike Gianella)
2018-07-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant’s power was down last year, compared to 2016, and down even more this year even before his apparent injury. Do you think that 2017 is more representative of who he is as a player rather than 2016?
(cracker73 from Florida)
Power, in the form of number of homers, is a somewhat unpredictable number unless you are talking about the truly elite bombers (JD, Judge, etc). Bryant's SLG was similar last season to what it was in 2016. The injury is a good explanation for the drop this season. Fully healthy, he is a good source of pwoer, though the number of actual homers will likely fluctuate. (Scott Delp)
2018-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Full Disclosure: BP chats are the best fantasy baseball chats. Thank you. What would you estimate the minimum # of MLB at bats for Acuna this year, and overall, what do you think is the worst overall 5 x 5 numbers he posts? I ask, because I am afraid I'll jump and draft him too early expecting a Kris Bryant rookie season.
(Chris from Baltimore)
A lot of people assume its the Bryant approach, keeping him down just long enough to retain an extra year of control. They also dont have anyone blocking. Then again, the Braves arent competing anytime soon, so maybe the keep him down even longer. My guess is hell net 500 AB, but you do have to be ready to adjust that lower after things shake out. (Kevin Jebens)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Then let's get to more important Bucco talk. Polanco's shoulder is allegedly still messing with him. Is it time to be concerned long term with him?
(Ceej from Pittsburgh)
Thanks, Ceej!

The thing about Polanco: HE IS SO FREAKING YOUNG. He'll be 26 in September. He's only a few months older than Kris Bryant and Jameson Taillon. There aren't a lot of shoulder things (torn labrum may be one of them) that can't be fixed, and he's young enough to bounce back. I am really not worried about him...

...much. The only concern: His career has been a patchwork of some really great streaks and long periods of meh. Everybody is like that, of course, but it seems more pronounced with him. I'd like to see the latter shorten a bit. (Rob Mains)
2017-03-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Geez! What would a Kris Bryant contract extension even look like?! And which do you see more likely: The Cubs getting it done & giving him 10-ish years/+$300mm or be content with him putting in 5 more controlled years & parting ways.
(Dan from Headed to Mesa)
Second question first: the latter is way more likely. Only they don't have to part ways just because he reaches free agency. I'd bet he plays with the Cubs for a very long time, but not without testing the market. What would it take right now? Yeah, it'd be 12 years and $300 million or something. (Matthew Trueblood)
2017-02-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What does it take you to trade away guys like Machado or Kris Bryant in dynasty leagues? I feel like there are just guys you don't trade away sometimes.
(Charlie from San Francisco)
Sometimes in life, the best trades are the ones you don't make and don't even bother considering. (George Bissell)
2016-09-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you project Eloy Jimenez to become? Is another Kris Bryant too much to ask for?
(Adam from Cedar Falls, Iowa)
"Another Kris Bryant" is too much to ask of any player, really. Hes putting up unbelievably numbers in his second season, and is the face of a star studded Cubs team. That said, I love Eloy Jimenez. I recently wrote him up here - as has Nathan Graham
Throughout the year I saw Jimenez work on his approach and improve every game, and by the end of the year he was a completely different player. It was fun to watch, and he hit some of the most impressive home runs I have seen in a long time. In Dayton he hit one that was a no doubter line drive that I believe South Bend tweeted out the exit velocity was something like 114-116 which is crazy good for any league, let alone the MWL. (Midwest League Wrap Up)
2016-06-13 23:00:00 (link to chat)You're building a team. Kris Bryant or Corey Seager for next 7 years, knowing that Seager will ultimately move to 3B and Bryant can play a few spots (LF and 1B in addition to 3B).
(Illiguy from Chicago)
Are we still convinced Seager has to move off the 6-spot in the next half-dozen years? I'm not so sure I am. FRAA doesn't love him, but he's okay by some other metrics and by the eye test he's more agile and confident in his reads than he was when I saw him as a wee pup in High-A. I go with Seager and keep him there 'til he really forces the issue. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-06-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think Addison Russell is the best short stop in the national league. you? Also, Kris Bryant is really, really solid. Im all about his swing. So pure
(BC from Urbandale)
My first thought was this can't be true. Then I thought it might be true. I think it's Corey Seager, amazingly enough. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-05-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)First of all, this is just a for fun question. If the Nationals were going to try and trade Harper, which teams have the horses to land him? Cubs? Giants? Dodgers? For the Cubs example, who all would it take to get Harper?
(BC from Urbandale)
I just tried to trade Mike Trout, now I gotta try and trade Bryce Harper? FUN FOR WHO? FUN FOR WHO???

I'd want Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, an early viewing of Episode VIII, and a dune buggy that shoots fire. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)What is your projection for Domingo Santana? I know many are concerned about his Zone Contact rates, but this is a guy that raked in the minors, and his profile seems somewhat similar to George Springer and even Kris Bryant who both have Zone Contact Rate concerns.
(holmesp2001 from St. Louis)
Probably a low batting average (.230) with a lot of home runs. George Springer's rookie year minus the hot start is probably a solid comp. I do wonder if they'll platoon Kirk Nieuwenhuis with Santana early to ease Santana into the role. (Mike Gianella)
2015-12-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league, would Chris Archer, Giolito and Orlando Arcia be too much to give up for Kris Bryant?
(Jdwatson09 from CA)
Bret Sayre could answer this just dizzyingly better than I can. I would probably take the Bryant side of that, but narrowly. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant had a ridiculous babip last year. Do you expect to see some regression there this year, or will his other stats (e.g. BB%) improve to make up for that?
(Albertkly from New York)
He's had a ridiculous BABIP at every level, and I think he's just one of those guys who is always going to have a higher one because he hits everything so dang hard. The walk rate should go up too, but Kris Bryant is for real. I know that's a very hot take. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Seriously though, what is the plan for Schwarber now?
(JD from North of Victory)
Schwarber is another interesting element of the Cubs' interesting winter ahead. He's a better defensive left fielder than he appeared to be over the last week. He could stick just fine out there. Obviously, he has more defensive value at catcher, and that would help alleviate the jam the Cubs have out there-not only Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan, but Billy McKinney could be knocking on the door by midsummer, and depending how the infield shakes out, Kris Bryant might become an outfield refugee. On the other hand, I can't really see Schwarber being more than an average defensive catcher, especially with regard to framing. (He was exactly average in that regard this season.) The Cubs went out of their way to add Miguel Montero and David Ross last winter, in no small part because those guys are exceptional framers. Both guys are under contract for next season and using Schwarber as a catcher crowds that picture, too. They also have Willson Contreras, who broke out as a prospect in 2015, and might well think he's the catcher of the (long-term) future. I think Schwarber breaks camp as the starting left fielder, but that's nowhere near certain yet. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant has awesome power. He also had nearly 200 strikeouts, and .378 BABIP that looks unsustainable. Should we be worried? Will he regress?
(Q-Ball from North Side)
Regress? No. Change? Yes. Bryant's full-season stats capture a player who made several radical changes in his swing and his approach over the year. He might be worse next year, but I'd bet he'll be better. And different. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-09-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! I have three candidates for long-term extensions next year in an NL-only, 12-team, 8-category Ultra league. How many years would you add (or not) to each? Kris Bryant, now 15 Corey Seager, now 5 Lucas Giolito, now 5
(gerrybraun from san diego)
So, I don't have a clue how extensions work in leagues but I'd want all three of these guys on my team for as long as possible. So...yes? (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following by real life value: Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, the St. Louis Cardinals.
(Best Fans from Baseball)
Bryant, Cardinals, Russell, Schwarber.

Kris Bryant is still everything. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant vs. the hurricane, who wins?
(Best Fans from Baseball)
Depends on the hurricane. Kris Bryant vs. Hurricane Andy? Bryant. Kris Bryant vs. Hurricane "aye baybay" Chris? Hurricane Chris. Kris Bryant vs. Hurricane Kris Bryant? Kiss your loved ones. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Really sweating here, Greg. I was offered Kris Bryant and Byron Buxton for my Bryce Harper. Standard 16 team dynasty with OPS thrown on. Don't have any glaring needs. What do you think about this deal?
(PJ Skizzip from New York, New York)
Harper is an absolute monster at present where Bryant is merely great, but I'll go with the duo to spread out the risk some. If they can stay healthy and approach expectations, Buxton and Bryant would be a pretty lethal pair, with coverage of all categories. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hey what's good Mike. I'm in a 6x6 dynasty (OPS and QS). I was offered Kris Bryant and Byron Buxton for my Bryce Harper and one of Jesse Winker/Sean Manaea. How close is this deal to being favorable for me, and which one of the two guys should I include? Thanks in advance man!
(JT Smooth from Loveboat Cap'n)
Love your handle.

Wow, that's a pretty solid offer. I'd include Manaea if you're going to make the deal. I think if you included him that's fair, and it really depends on how much faith you have in the two guys you're getting. You take a short-term hit the next couple of years with Harper, but I think Buxton has a $30-35 value ceiling and you eventually win this trade. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking the time to answer questions! I'm in a 12 team h2h league with 6 keepers (5x5). I've got a pretty decent selection to keep, but I'd like to acquire Kris Bryant if I can. Right now I can choose from Brantley, Freeman, Harper, Rendon, Donaldson Sano, Correa, Kluber, Sale, Cole, Darvish, Syndergaard and Matz. The team with Bryant is in first place, so he doesn't have a huge incentive to move him. I am considering trying to blow him away by offering Rendon, Brantley and Syndergaard (I don't know that I'll keep any of them). Too much to offer?
(unbigote from Pluto)
NO PROBLEM! No baseball on tonight. I think that would get it done, but you're asking him to take on a ton of risk in Rendon and Brantley. I would want more if I owned Bryant in a 12-team league like that where you can only keep 6. I wouldn't likely be keeping Rendon and Syndergaard is on the bubble in that shallow of a format. I'd try trading including someone like Donaldson and Brantley and see where that gets me. (George Bissell)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for taking the time to answer questions! I'm in a 12 team h2h league with 6 keepers (5x5). I've got a pretty decent selection to keep, but I'd like to acquire Kris Bryant if I can. Right now I can choose from Brantley, Freeman, Harper, Rendon, Donaldson Sano, Correa, Kluber, Sale, Cole, Darvish, Syndergaard and Matz. The team with Bryant is in first place, so he doesn't have a huge incentive to move him. I am considering trying to blow him away by offering Rendon, Brantley and Syndergaard (I don't know that I'll keep any of them). Too much to offer?
(unbigote from Pluto)
NO PROBLEM! No baseball on tonight. I think that would get it done, but you're asking him to take on a ton of risk in Rendon and Brantley. I would want more if I owned Bryant in a 12-team league like that where you can only keep 6. I wouldn't likely be keeping Rendon and Syndergaard is on the bubble in that shallow of a format. I'd try trading including someone like Donaldson and Brantley and see where that gets me. (George Bissell)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Mixed league/Roto. Not desperate for pitching, but offered Arrieta for K. Bryant. Assuming my offense won't suffer greatly, should I pull the trigger?
(johnhoag from Seneca, SC)
For this year? Meh. If it's a keeper league? Don't you dare trade Kris Bryant. Don't do it, please don't do it. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you imagine a world where this is a theoretical thought? "3 way trade, Cubs get Matz, Rockies get Addison Russell, Mets get Tulo and Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber"
(Brandon from Chicago)
I can imagine it, but that world would have to include a scenario where the Wilpons never got involved financially with Bernie Madoff. It would also require some kind of scenario where Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer don't exist and the Cubs are being run by a caller from a sports talk show because he won some kind of crazy contest. So, yes, I can imagine it, but I have a vivid imagination and am a silly human being. It probably won't happen. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, need your input here... Points Based Dynasty League - K's are negative 1. How close are Kris Bryant and Xander Bogearts? I have Nolan Arenado at 3B. Can deal Bryant for XB. SS is Starlin Castro, at the moment... help me out. I'm torn.
(MP from KY)
I think Bryant is a lot better because of the power (although, yes, the Ks hurt. I would hang onto Bryant, even though I could see why you'd want to make the move. It is close. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)% chance game: What % chance does Jose Fernandez have of winning a Cy Young? Bryce Harper winning 2 or more MVPs? Worldwide amateur draft by 2020? Kris Bryant hitting 300 homers? You going 24 hours without tweeting?
(Davin from Da burgh)
30%. 70%. 10%. 90%. 0%. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)How similar are Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant over the next handful years?
(kylanje from FL)
Similar in terms of production or style? Because Bryant will probably strike out less often and stick at third base for longer (if only due to his team's complexion). Both are going to slug though. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Javier Baez has looked much better in AAA as of late. Do you think he gets the call soon? Do you believe the speculation that he may be used as the DH when they play in AL parks next week? Also, if Kris Bryant playing in LF tonight a sign a call-up may be soon, does it have to do with Soler being out and needing another body in the OF?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I feel like we were having this same discussion RE Baez last year...In order: I think it happens soon but I think it also happens after a trade. I think it's a possibility but I wouldn't yo-yo the player like that and he actually has defensive value. Bryant in LF was for Soler who has a sore ankle and well, to get Jonathan Herrera at bats which _(ツ)_/ (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)Whats up, Mike! 12 team deep keeper league. OBP instead of AVG. I moved Kris Bryant for Bogaerts and Polanco. Good or bad? Also, he gave me the choice of Russell or Bogaerts. Was that the right call? Thanks!
(ssauve25 from San Francisco)
That seems like a very good deal for you. I like Bryant, but both Bogaerts and Polanco are slightly behind Bryant's ceiling in a worst case scenario. I think you did the right think by taking Bogey. Russell probably has the higher ceiling, but take the guy who can definitely help you now. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Would you give up 2 years of Kemp and 3 years of Chapman to get 8 years of Kris Bryant in dynasty league?
(Mike from VA beach)
No question. Yes. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-29 20:00:00 (link to chat)Some prospects like trout, harper Jose Fernandez and Kris Bryant spoil us to the fact that most players are on a more regular trajectory which includes an adjustment period. Which players in the minor leagues may be headed towards immediate fantasy stardom. Specifically interested in Carlos correa and Julio urias and their chances to be big time contributors early.
(prospies from usa)
I could see Corey Seager and Julio Urias playing at pretty high levels immediately. (Bret Sayre)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)True or very true: if Kris Bryant was on the team, the Cubs would've won last night? also Lester was a mistake.
(Meathead fans from Chicago)
Eh, any one game is tough to change by adding one guy. The Cubs struck out 12 times last night so how many more would it have been if Bryant who strikes out almost 30 percent of the time against minor league pitching was in the lineup? Bryant has amazing power and he's clearly been a good hitter in his minor league career but his skills are not unblemished.

As for Lester, it's not hard to make the case any six year contract for a starting pitcher is a mistake. That said, I like Lester this season and next if he doesn't develop an injury. Beyond that, who knows... (Matthew Kory)
2015-04-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)Could you make the argument Cubs fans should be more upset if Addison Russell isn't up by June, than Kris Bryant missing 7 games? He is clearly better defensively, and has more quality ABs in one game than Castro does all year...
(msimotes from Kalamazoo)
Nope. Too many assumptions being made here. I've talked to plenty of scouts who don't believe Russell sticks at short. I personally believe he does, but that doesn't mean he's "clearly better defensively." Not really sure how that narrative got started. Castro started slow last year - I mean he looked awful early on - and had a great season at the plate. Try not to overreact to the first year, Castro has established himself at the plate, we have no idea how Russell will do in the big. I'm optimistic, but that doesn't mean we should cast Castro aside and forget how good he's become. (Sahadev Sharma)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant. That is all
(ganderson1 from Chicago)
I ranked him #2 in my personal top 100 to Buxton, and am slightly regretting it. This has made Cubs twitter unbearable, though. Ugh. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-03-12 15:00:00 (link to chat)Can you tell me why Kris Bryant will live up to his lofty projections unlike say a Alex Gordon, who was projected as a 300/30 homer guy before he took a MLB at bat
(metsRok from NYC)
Kris Bryant hit 43 home runs in a declining offensive era and two offense-depressed parks, in AA and AAA. That's really rare. PECOTA confirms the projection by comping him to Giancarlo Stanton. It's as close to a high-probability success as one can get, based on just one season of full-time playing.

Also, to defend Gordon (although I wasn't around for that projection): he's touched .300/25. When we hear about a projection, consider that sometimes, it's for the player's peak. (Andrew Koo)
2015-02-26 20:00:00 (link to chat)Convince me Kris Bryant isn't Chris Davis 2.0....I mean obviously Davis can be amazing, but can Bryant struggle due to his contact problems for a while before flashing his elite talent at 1B or in the OF
(Comment from BP)
Which Chris Davis? Of course Bryant could struggle, and the strikeouts is likely where it would happen, but you can't teach that kind of power. (Bret Sayre)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)I've never seen a ball come off the bat like off Kris Bryant's. That said his stroke looks susceptible to heat generally up, but inside in particular. anything to that? What adjustments do you think pitchers will first make?
(Brent from colorado)
That's where the hole in his swing is. Very good call. I think Bryant might blow up his first time through the league. Before pitchers really have video and notes on him. Then pitchers will adjust and attack that hole and that's when Bryant's life as a big leaguer will truly begin. (Ryan Parker)
2015-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've thrown this out before but the whole souring on prospects talk makes me remember. I can totally see Kris Bryant pulling a Chris Davis and struggling to make contact this season and everyone souring on him. Then in 2016:He'll go bananas and hit .270 with 35 homers and everyone will be shocked.
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
Very possible. We've been spoiled by Harper/Trout-type trajectories for young players, and forgotten that many must suffer through a miserable down year or two. The track that Anthony Rizzo followed is, historically speaking, I think more common. (Rob Arthur)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)What's the talk on Kris Bryant's ETA. Is a few weeks into the season or June the more likely scenario?
(Jonah from Redwood)
As soon as he's unable to accrue a full year of service time, he'll be up. Some time around the end of April. (Jordan Gorosh)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Buddy tells me Kris Bryant and a very late round MLB pick were just traded for the 10th OVERALL MLB pick and Taijuan Walker in his startup dynasty league... what's your philosophy on trade vetoes?
(Bruce from St Louis)
This doesn't deserve a veto. Vetoes are bad. I would like to veto vetoes. (Ben Carsley)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)What rooks do u see making an impact in the bigs this year?
(Tico Pride from Costa Rica)
In fantasy, there are quite a few. Rusney Castillo, Yasmany Tomas, Steven Souza, Kris Bryant, and Joc Pederson are all names that pop. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)If your dynasty league was a 7x7 cat with BB and OPS, which prospects would you target who you think could provide high BB totals with lots of power?
(Greg from Minnesota)
Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are obvious, which means I'm sure they're gone. Matt Olson is a fun name who doesn't get enough play. Kyle Schwarber is great and I haven't given up on Jon Singleton yet. (Mike Gianella)
2015-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)On a scale from 1 to 10 (with 10 being very high level of anxiety), how concerned are you about Kris Bryant's strikeout rate? And similarly, what level of confidence do you have that he will be an above-average big leaguer in his first season?
(DBITLefty from Floating )
anxiety 3
confidence 6 (Harry Pavlidis)
2015-01-08 12:00:00 (link to chat)Do you agree with the Cubs if they decide to hold Kris Bryant out for the first 9 games of the season to avoid accumulating the service time to save a year of arbitration?
(Larrimore from Chicago)
Yeah. I mean it sucks for him, but this is a business and that'll save them several million dollars.

If the players hate it, they should address it in the next CBA. It's hard to feel bad for them when they have a really strong union but don't address these issues in their collectively bargained deal w/ the owners. (Jeff Long)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)20 team dynasty. Both teams have had 3 straight losing seasons. Team 1 gives Giolito and Kris Bryant. Team 2 gives Bryce Harper. Which do you like better?
(Justin from Bridgeport)
Ugh. That seems fair to be honest. I'd probably roll with Harper and take the now value but it depends on a bit on roster construction/timetable to competition. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)I've heard Kris Bryant is a Jeff Bagwell type ceiling with the bat. Do you ever see .300 averages to go along with the 40homerun power? Where have all the thumping 1b gone? Goldschmidt is the only dude.
(rangerfans2 from Fort Worth)
Dude, Jose Abreu is right over there, and Miguel Cabrera is right behind him. I wouldn't put the expectation of a .300 average on Bryant but I'm not going to tell you it's impossible. (Craig Goldstein)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)I find it interesting that you rank the up the middle position players ahead of the power hitter. In today's game with the lack of right handed power, it would seem that a player like Kris Bryant would have extra value. I understand that Baez is no longer a rookie but who do you like between the two of them.
(oldbopper from New Britain, CT)
Bryant over Baez for me. Production is production, regardless of what form is plentiful in the game. If Bryant's overall production is limited -- be it due to inability to fully tap into his power in-game, or average or below value defensively and/or on the bases -- why should he get bonus points for having a particular skill (raw power)? (Top 101 Chat)
2015-02-09 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kris Bryant's #sparkle too bright for you?
(Nate from New Hampshire)
No. A top 5 prospect in all of baseball is nothing to sneeze at. (Top 101 Chat)
2015-01-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)I know it's the NL West top 10s, but I was wondering if you could answer a question about the Cubs top 10. My apologies for asking as it's in the wrong chat, but I missed the other one and didn't know how else to contact you guys. Quick question though, but why Addison Russell over Kris Bryant? I thought Bryant would be a lock for #1 on the Cubs stacked prospect list, but Russell was #1. I know Russell is great, but it sort of surprised me when Bryant wasn't #1. What's your reasoning for putting Russell over Bryant? Thanks guys, and sorry again about putting this in the wrong chat.
(Keith from Florida)
No worries -- we lined these chats up to coincide with the completion of divisional lists, but anything and everything is fair game.

With regards to Bryant/Russell my ranking decision came down to my belief that Russell was a legit hit/power offensive threat and that he was going to produce while being able to stick at shortstop. Even with Bryant's massive power and capable glove, I think the profile is less dynamic and there is a greater risk that he falls a little short on the production side if the contact rate doesn't allow him to fully tap into the power. Now, his swing-and-miss is not the same beast as someone like Baez's. We are talking about long levels and the ability of advanced arms to move the ball around and widen coverage holes through sequencing. Bryant is a smart enough player, and hard enough worker, that my "concerns" could prove to be overblown, but as a snapshot of the two right now I like the foundational value inherent in Russell's profile a hair more. Both are top five prospects in the game and both are cornerstones of the next Cubs playoff club. (NL West Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of impact do you see Kris Bryant having on the big league club for 2015? Do you see better production than Alcantara/Baez in 2014? I have read a few posts about the Cubs being a potential sleeper in the division and I think that there is going to be a lot of pressure on these guys to perform immediately.
(Nate from Indy)
As noted in his write-up, I think there is a danger that Bryant goes through not insignificant ups and downs during his first run at the league. There are holes in the swing that MLB arms could better exploit with sequencing and precision, and Bryant is going to have to adjust and figure out how to regularly work for pitches in his kill zone. That said, he's going to punish mistakes right off the bat, and the power is impactful even if it's only in that capacity. In short, his ability to make adjustments at the highest level will determine whether he is a significant offensive contributor right away or hot/cold bat that ends with impressive power numbers for a rookie, but struggles through the course of the season to avoid slumps/strikeouts. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Just to settle a good natured bet between friends, Who do you think has a better chance for ROY next season, Kris Bryant or Jorge Soler? Bryant's obviously the better prospect, but Soler has more experience.
(Peter from Florida)
If Bryant spends enough time in the big leagues in 2015, I'd take him in that bet all day long. I think Soler's going to have some considerable growing pains next season. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Kris Bryant busts, it's because...
(JG from Chicago)
The world is over and we're all dead. I don't see any scenario in which Kris Bryant "busts," at least if your definition of busting is to flame out completely and have a terrible major league career. Is there a chance he doesn't become a role 7 perennial all-star? Sure, and if he doesn't it will be because the strike outs get to be too much for him. But even if that happens he should be a solid regular for a decade. For a guy with such a high ceiling, he also has a pretty high floor, which is what makes him one of the top 2-3 prospects in the game. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant has consistently posted exceptionally low contact rates in the upper minors and hasn't exactly been the most patient hitter (46-47% swing rates in AA/AAA). While it's understood that a lack of contact can be forgiven with the right power and the right patience, a lot of us don't get much of a look at how Bryant works counts and recognizes pitches. Does he have the strike-zone discipline and pitch recognition to pair with his power for concerns about contact rate to be minimal? What kinds of pitches is he swinging at so relatively often? Does he chase? Get fooled?
(JG from Chicago)
I haven't seen enough of Bryant since he's become a pro to accurately answer what kinds of pitches he's swinging and missing at, but I will say this: his strike out rates are high and that is a concern, but as I mentioned in the Judge article, at least a portion of those strike outs have to be because he's a patient hitter who draws a ton of walks. We don't have pitch fx data for the minors to tell us what his swing and miss rate is, and I'll bet it's higher than average, but the tradeoff is massive power, so it's ok with me. As long as it's not Javy Baez extreme it'll be ok, and the fact that he draws a ton of walks tells me it's significantly better. Deep counts lead to strike outs, but they also lead to a lot more times on base and fewer outs, so I'll take it.

I don't think he'll be a .320 hitter like he has been in the minors, but even if he hits .260 it could easily be a .260/.360/.550 line, which would be fantastic, even if it comes with 150 strike outs. (Jeff Moore)
2014-10-03 11:00:00 (link to chat)Will you root for Addison Russell to become a star because he and you used to be tight, or will you root for him to fail so you feel better about the trade? I'll assume you said the second and go ahead and call you a monster and a illogical psychopath.
(Paul from Ohio)
I actually feel relatively indifferent toward Addison Russell now. I'll root for a lot of players who get traded from the A's on the basic ground of familiarity, but I never really formed an emotional bond with Russell. It didn't take very long for me to start thinking of him as yet another Cubs prospect, and I, outside of general feelings of empathetic sadness when players are themselves sad, don't really care whether Javier Baez and Arismendy Alcantara and Kris Bryant succeed or fail. In my heart, Russell joined that group pretty quickly. (Jason Wojciechowski)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Which MLB ready talent from BP's Top 20 Prospect List yet to make an appearance in the Show this year is most likely to make a 2015 starting roster?
(Paul from DC)
If the Mets are serious about competing, I could see Thor in the starting rotation on Opening Day next year. Depending on what the Indians do, Lindor could be their shortstop come opening day. If the Twins lose their minds, maybe Sano could win a spot with a huge spring. Kris Bryant will start on opening day and hit .300/.400/.600 if you ask Cubs Twitter. (Ben Carsley)
2014-09-15 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Past Ben, want to guess what the top five names on the MLB home run leaderboard in 2018 look like? Also, congrats on the upcoming five-year anniversary of TINO. The show got much better in year three after Craig was replaced with Hank the Dog.
(Ben Carsley from The Future)
Giancarlo Stanton. Joey Gallo. Kris Bryant. Miguel Cabrera. Raul Ibanez. (Ben Carsley)
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty format (5x5), which side of a Gerrit Cole for Kris Bryant trade would you prefer?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I'd take Bryant. (Mike Gianella)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the Cubs big four of Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Addison Russel, and Jorge Soler, who is the safest bet to be successful and who is most likely of being a bust?
(AB from North Side)
Bryant is the safest bet. He's going to hit for power, and although strikeouts will be a part of his game for sure, the average should settle in around .270. It was actually a toss up between he and Russell due to positional value. On the other hand, I believed Soler was the most likely to be a bust before the 2014 campaign started. He's had some attitude issues in the past 12 months, but is (small, small sample alert) outperforming Baez. Yet, I'm still going to stick with Soler as the most likely bust, even with Baez' down year. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-08-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Harry, I need some help deciding on keepers. I can only keep 9 of the following players, who should I stick with? (I am currently in rebuilding mode) Mesoraco, Zunino, Kipnis, Trumbo, Rollins, Bogaerts, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Castellanos, Marte, Yelich, Joc Pederson, Bryce Harper Thanks!
(Dan from Toronto)
this one is out of my domain, I'l defer to the Fantasy guys on this one (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-08-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any high-profile potential September call-ups you see having regular playing time?
(Shawn from Cubicle)
Kris Bryant.... I hope (CJ Wittmann)
2014-08-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some good up and coming prospects that might blossom into fantasy superstars?
(xVitality from Toronto, Canada)
Tyler Glasnow is going to strike out the world.
Joey Gallo and Kris Bryant are going to hit home runs.

I am bad at fantasy, but I am pretty sure this is how it works. (Tucker Blair)
2014-08-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Matthew, thanks for the chat! Just wanted to know which of these players would you keep (I can keep only 9 and am in re-build mode): Mesoraco, Zunino, Trumbo, Kipnis, Rollins, Bogaerts, Addison Russell, Castellanos, Marte, Yelich, Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper and Joc Pederson
(Dan from Toronto)
I'm not a fantasy guy, but it's fun! I'm just not an expert. So I'd ask Mike Gianella (@MikeGianella on the twitters) or one of our fine prospect guys here at BP.

One guy I wouldn't get rid of though (no matter what Mike says) is Bryce Harper. (Matthew Kory)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a league where you can only keep players if they play in the MLB that year, have someone offering me a league minimum Kris Bryant for a high priced Lynn. what are the odds Bryant gets the call up this year? is it worth the risk?
(JP from tx)
I don't think it is. Bryant is a 2015 debut for me, so while I don't love Lynn overall, I'm not trading him for nothing. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)10-team league where you keep 7 guys. I'm thinking about going super young and keeping: Harper, Taveras, Machado, Billy Hamilton, Matt Harvey, Kris Bryant, CarGo. Any chance my 2015 team doesn't suck ass?
(Bobby from Chicago)
Yeah there's a chance, but there's a *ton* of risk that you have in those guys. Good long term bets on all of them, but you should focus your draft on 2015 talent and not worry about future bets too much if this is going to be your strategy. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league, which side you got? Chris Sale + Kris Bryant + Marcell Ozuna or Gregory Polanco + Anthony Rendon + Christian Yelich
(John Johnson from Wisconsin)
Sale/Bryant/Ozuna on the strength of the first two. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Know this is total guesswork but wondering if you'd take a shot at ETAs for these youngsters...Justin Williams, Gabby Guerrero, Margot, Almora, Rafael Devers, Ryan McMahon
(Brian from mass)
It is total guesswork so I won't guess, but it brings up a good point. The fact that we have no idea when a player like Devers, who is 17 and in the GCL, will make the majors, or whether he will at all, is why teams can't make organizational decisions based on these players no matter how good they are. It's why there is an inherent value to a prospect who is in Double-A, even if his ceiling isn't as high. He's a lot closer to the majors and a lot more of a sure thing. The Cubs can make certain decisions based on having Kris Bryant in Triple-A. The Red Sox can't make any decisions based on Devers tearing up the GCL. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-31 19:30:00 (link to chat)I have two for you Ben... 1) just now far has Rafael Montero buried himself in the Mets organization? Has deGrom's emergence almost sealed his fate? 2) Now that the Cubs have acquired Addison Russell, is either he, Javier Baez, or Kris Bryant trade bait? Is there a way for all three, as well as Arismendy Alcantara to remain in the Cubs future lineup? Thanks, and it's awesome to see your continued success in the field you love. Congrats
(Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) from Brooklyn, NY)
Montero certainly isn't done, no. He has higher upside than deGrom in the long run, and injury/attrition always present opportunities for pitchers. Bryant at 3B, Russell at SS, Baez at 2B and Alcantara in CF with Castro the odd man out is one way to get that done. Could also move Castro to 3B and put Bryant in LF and keep them all. Thanks for the kind words! (Ben Carsley)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Help me feel less angst about trading away Kris Bryant for Javier Baez a month ago. (I knew Bryant would pass Baez on all the midseason prospect lists, and figured Bryant is more likely to become an impact player. I need more help in the infield than in the outfield, though, and maybe Baez still has a bit more ceiling than Bryant. Still, all the homers.)
(justarobert from Santa Clara)
I cannot assuage your pain. Your only hope is that Bryant ends up in the outfield and Baez sticks at short or second because the 3B pool of talent is hyper thin for the short term. Baez is still a freak so it's not exactly a loss per se, but I think Bryant will be the better player in both real life and fantasy. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Which Cubs prospect is Michael Westen and which one is Nate?
(Rockford Bulldog from Illinois)
Kris Bryant is Michael. Jacob Hannemann is definitely Nate (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)Will we see Kris Bryant in Sept?
(Phil from Chicago)
It doesn't seem that way, unfortunately, but I certainly hope so. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)I know the difference between #1 and #3 is splitting hairs, but can you make the case for Kris Bryant being no doubt #1 prospect in the game? Has absolutely demolished AA and now AAA, where as Buxton and Correa have battled injuries and never been above A ball. Their ceilings that much higher?
(Manny from Iowa)
Bryant has a case. As good as he will be, I don't think he profiles at a premium spot with a premium ceiling, like Buxton and Correa. Keep in mind that both Buxton and Correa were high school draftees and they aren't in the same spot as Bryant--developmentally speaking. That makes the projections more abstract--which can make ranking them alongside polished college mashers quite difficult. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Has your opinion on Kris Bryant's hit tool improved? I believe you had him at a 5 for hit in the pre-season list with a concern that the hit tool could limit his in-game power.
(Tim from Munster, IN)
I still think he's a 5 hit tool at the end of the day, which might end up being low. I think he's going to offer more swing and miss at the higher levels, which shouldn't limit his game power but should bring down his average. Maybe a .265/.270 bat with 30+ bombs? I'll take that all day long. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-07 11:00:00 (link to chat)Is Brandon Wood a cautionary tale for Kris Bryant?
(Gabe from TX)
No. DIfferent hitters with different approaches. Bryant is going to hit. Its just a question of softcore or hardcore. Both will do the trick but some like to see a little bit more. (Jason Parks on the Top 50)
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has your projection for Kris Bryant's *defense* changed since the offseason? I've heard some interesting reports about his work at 3B....
(Jivas from formerly Chicago)
I've heard some positive things as well, and all indications are he's been willing to put the work in. I think the odds of him staying at third base hinge more on the other players in the Cubs system than they do on him actually improving. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kris Bryant is available in our 14 team 5 keeper league, but the fact he may not see the Show till 2015, and could lose his 3B eligibility when he does, makes me hesitate. Would Bryant in the 21st round be a better keeper than any of my current 4? Votto- 6 Puig-18 Desmond-20 Jose Fernandez-22 All can be kept indefinitely in rounds orig drafted per lg rules.
(Launchme from Austin, TX)
No, he's not a better keeper than any of those four at those costs. I love his upside, but it's just potential at this point. All four of your others have shown it. And Fernandez's scant cost offsets the awfulness of his getting TJ. (Paul Sporer)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any reason why we won't see Kris Bryant up this year? He's raking, Cubs have nothing to play for and Olt and Valbuena shouldn't be blocking him.
(Norm from NYC)
I think if we see any of the big guys it will be Baez, simply because he's been in Triple-A longer. I think the Cubs are really just not going to rush things, and I don't blame them. Sure, they're not playing for anything and no, Olt and Valbuena won't block anybody once the time comes, but you can look at it the other way around too. Why use up valuable days of cheap production on games that dont matter. Even big spending teams have to have cheap production. Don't waste a single day of it. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jeff! Does that Restasis commercial starring the slow motion women with the weird blue eyes creep you out too? I get scared.
(TV guy from davenport, not Iowa)
When you say blue eyes, all I think of is Kris Bryant. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should we be concerned about Kris Bryant's .000 BABIP in Iowa?
(Jeremy from Iowa)
Yes, you should panic. He'll probably never get another hit again. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the Chat, Jeff! Can you give me the most recent comparable minor league season to what Kris Bryant is doing in 2014?
(Number27 from Millioke)
How soon we forget. Javier Baez hit 37 home runs last year. That was pretty impressive. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are your personal top 5 prospects, based on potential production in 2015-17?
(Graham from Richmond, VA)
Great question. It's really difficult to question what Kris Bryant could bring to the table next year. He's been mashing and has overwhelmed the opposition. I'd probably go Baez, Bryant, Buxton, Correa, and Syndergaard. It's a very flexible list, obviously. I'm also not sure we should be ignoring what Archie Bradley and Dylan Bundy are capable of, though. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat! Any prospects with combined hit/power tools to dream on not named Taveras?
(Ryan from Glendale)
Plenty of them, Ryan! Kris Bryant is setting the minor leagues ablaze at the moment. If you want to dig a bit deeper, pay attention to what David Dahl is doing for Class-A Asheville in the Rockies org. He'll be making some noise on midseason prospect lists. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Kris Bryant be? Could possibly acquire Harper for him in a standard dynasty league. Is the fact that he could be 3B and healthy reason enough to keep him? Still expect Harper to be a monster and how much better than Bryant?
(Harper Time? from Chucktown)
Harper is in my top 5 in fantasy, even with the injury concerns. Bret Sayre recently ranked Bryant at 65 in his top 500. The gap is pretty substantial. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you were to redraft the 2013 draft, who would be your top 10 taken?
(jpolinsky from NJ)
It hasn't even been a year yet, but even then, it looks like Kris Bryant is of a different breed. Might take Hunter Refnroe higher because those tools are loud. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think teams trying to find a guy who will sign for under slot particularly in the top 10 is overrated? I know hindsight, but would any team really pass on a Kris Bryant type talent to safe a few million early for a marginally better 3rd/4th rounder?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
It can be, sure, but teams don't do it for fun. It is a long process that starts immediately when "draft season" starts; you need to know who you'd target (two-sport, strong college commitments) & identify them early. I think identifying the best player then getting a deal is more important. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Brian McCann ROS? How many homers does Kris Bryant hit in the big leagues this year?
(mattstupp from NYC)
I expected a lot more out of McCann. I'm still buying, though. I think we'll see a second-half surge - though he admittedly doesn't have to be THAT great to be better than the ugly first half (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have any concerns with Kris Bryant's K rate at the major league level? Do you see this limiting the utility of his power tool?
(Jon from Boston)
Concern is relative. I think it may be enough to make him a .280 hitter in the big leagues rather than the .350 minor league hitter he's been thus far, but with his power, that will be plenty good enough to be an all-star. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)What's the last year Kris Bryant gets more than a handful of starts at 3B?
(justarobert from Santa Clara)
2015 (Ben Carsley)
2014-05-29 19:30:00 (link to chat)What's the over/under on all the Cubs prospects coming to the MLB with dreadlocks and really baggy pants?
(fredmu from where ever ppl are really nice to eachother)
You've never seen Kris Bryant, have you? Tell me about Cincy later. (Ben Carsley)
2014-06-17 20:00:00 (link to chat)My milb draft for my dynasty league is tomorrow, I have a plethora of early picks including 6 out of the first 11 and 1st overall. I am taking Kris Bryant number 1 but my real question is should I take Jon Gray or Kyle Schwarber with my number 4 pick assuming Aiken and Rondon go 2 and 3. I also have the 6th, 8th, 9th, and 11th picks. There are many arms including Harvey, Urias, Manaea, Glassnow, Shipley, Stewart, Wisler, Appel, still available including other arms from the most recent draft.
(robarge00 from Vermont)
Not Scoresheet, but we can dig, we're versatile! We'll please Fantasy Overlord Bret Sayre's heart and say Schwarber, because the thing he can do is more rare than what Jon Gray can do. We'd actually rate Sean Manaea from that list ahead of Gray, which is a minority opinion, but you're certainly right that Gray is closer to the pile of arms than he is to superstardom. We'd also suggest that you check out Bret's list of top players for dynasty value for even more of his wisdom. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)Springer or Kris Bryant?
(Cody from St Louis )
I had Springer barely ahead in the pre-season and see no reason to flip flop now. Give me the guy who's already there. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)In our h2h points league where we keep 5 players in the round drafted and can keep them as long as forever, I have stashed Bradley in round 16. His injury is making me wonder if it would be advisable to change horses. Other options that could be kept in round 20 would be Noah Syndergaard, Addison Russell, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, or Marcus Stroman. Benches are short so keeping any prospect is a luxury especially since my team is always a strong title contender. Is anyone of the above arguably a better stash than Bradley as far as impact both this year and beyond?
(Eric Nosebar from Albuquerque )
Give me Syndergaard, Russell, Bryant or Buxton in Round 20 over Bradley in Round 16. Buxton's the biggest upside, but he likely won't contribute right away in 2015. (Bret Sayre)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Two questions regarding Kris Bryant 1. Who is a good comp for him? Longoria? 2. If he were playing this whole year in the majors what would you expect his stat line to look like by seasons end? Thanks big dog.
(Opi from Sheboygan )
1) Maybe Troy Glaus; 2) Bryant in the majors this season? He'd get abused but would still manage to hit some bombs. Very low batting average, 10-15 HR. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has a system as a whole had a worse start to their season than the Cubs? The only player playing at or above expectations is Kris Bryant.
(Abe Froman, Sausage King from Chicago)
as noted before it's probably too easy to slam the system based on 1 or 2 months of struggles for the bigger names. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who finishes with more MLB HRs? Javier Baez or Kris Bryant?
(Number27 from The Good Land)
Career? Baez. (Jason Parks)
2014-04-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)With the recent decision by the Cubs to try Javier Baez out at second base, does this open up third for Kris Bryant for the next few years?
(SenatorsGuy from Minnesota)
I think its about having options. You could try Baez out at third, but you already have Olt and Villanueva ahead in the queue--which should be considered a strength in the upper minors/majors, not to mention Bryant; although I think his long-term home will be in a corner OF spot. As an org, if you can fill a weakness from a position of strength, you explore those options. Baez needs more time in the minors, but there is going to come a time when he is ready to attack the major league level, and when that time comes, you have to play him somewhere. You might as well prepare for that outcome by getting him reps at a position of weakness in the short-term regardless of your long-term plans or projections for the player. It's smart baseball. (Jason Parks)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who plays 3b for the Cubs this season. Olt have a shot? Valbuena?
(Southcoast from Texas)
I saw a report a few days ago suggesting Olt is in line for the job, but something may have changed since. Were it up to me, I'd start Olt. Valbuena had a decent 2013, but he's a bench player long-term. Olt could be a starter for someone, even if it's not the Cubs. Let him show the league what he can do before he gets shoved aside for Javier Baez and/or Kris Bryant. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-03-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Power-wise, Bryant or Fraizer?
(KJ from penn)
Kris Bryant. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. Took over a last place dynasty team last year and took it to 2nd place with some adept maneuvering. Here is my lineup: McCann, Fielder, Kipnis, Reyes, Donaldson, Puig, Bautista, Granderson, Holliday and Taveras. Scherzer, Wainwright, Anibal, Cole, Wacha, Rosenthal, Soriano. My question is this, I have a couple aging OFs(Grandy and Joey Bats) I have the #2 overall pick this year and am torn between Jose Abreu and Kris Bryant. Abreu will add to my team being competitive for 1st this year, while Bryant is the much better overall future contributor and could take over an OF spot. What say you?
(Jon Snow from The Wall)
Typically I'm for drafting guys who can help you right the hell now but I'm not sure Abreu fits that mold. There are legit questions about his bat speed that worry me on a few levels. I'm cautious with him. I would select Bryant over Abreu. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)Really appreciate the chat! Who are some guys you would target after the first 15 or so picks in a rookie draft(that includes international players). I have picks 17 and 18. Would you try to package them together to move up a bit? Thanks
(Mill from Lodi)
Assuming you mean rookie draft as in new signees to an established dynasty league I think outside of the top 6 guys:

Kris Bryant, Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, Clint Frazier, Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel

it gets really clogged in the middle. I would trade the lower picks to get into the top 6 because you're talking about guys like Colin Moran and Austin Meadows down there. It's ok, but not ideal. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think Kris Bryant makes the bigs this year?
(Danny from Wisconsin)
I do. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2014-02-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any prospect who probably won't be on an Opening Day roster, that you would target in a draft for a non-keeper league. I had Trout in 2012 and Puig last year, and I'm looking for someone to stash that could make an impact this year at some point. Thanks
(Brian from CT)
Jonathan Gray. Springer. Kris Bryant. (Sam Miller)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)My Yordano Ventura and Koji Ueharra for his Kris Bryant? Thoughts?
(proffitt9 from Tampa)
Thanks for being my first chat question ever. I'll always remember you and I'll make note of your name in my diary tonight <3 -

If you have a shot at contention this season, keep your package. I love Ventura's strikeout potential, and Koji has a good shot at 40 saves in 2014. If you're playing more for 2016 or beyond, go with Bryant, who is one of the 10 best fantasy prospects in the game. It's a fair trade, so it's really based on your needs. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. It's probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, here's what I came up with after about 30 min of research. I'll note that since I'm not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, I've restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. I'll go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, he'd probably have made it on this list. Obviously that's not how we'd rank them now, and it's funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last year's pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)I have 5 dynasty league minor league slots, the first 4 are filled by Javier Baez, Miguel Sano, Kris Bryant, and Gregory Polanco. Who should I choose for my last spot between Clint Frazier and Jorge Alfaro?
(CharlieWerner from Manayunk PA)
I have them ranked fairly closely to one another. I'll say Frazier, but barely. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)My Yordano Ventura and Koji Ueharra for his Kris Bryant? Thoughts?
(proffitt9 from Tampa)
Assuming this is Dynasty, I like the Kris Bryant side of this trade over 5 years, but in the short term Yordano and Koji's side will bring in more value. Ventura is a ROY candidate and Koji is an elite closer. Both of those guys will provide a lot of value over the next two years. Bryant still has to make it to the show and he likely won't produce at a top tier level right away. I think this starts to pay off by year 3 but you will be coming up short for the first two years in my opinion.

That said, I like the trade overall. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)You think Kris Bryant will crack the top 10 list in 2014
(proffitt9 from Tampa)
You mean the top 10 in next year's top-101? I would guess no because he'll probably have already used up his prospect eligibility in the majors this season. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)I put the Albert Pujols comp on Kris Bryant the other day. Am I coo coo for co co puffs?
(Jordan from Chicago)
Yeah, that's too much. Pujols was the greatest right-handed hitter of his generation, and will probably go down as a top-5-10 all-time RHH. I don't make definitive statements too often, especially in chats, but Bryant isn't going to do that. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Been offered the #1 pick in our dynasty draft (I'd take Kris Bryant) for Matt Adams and Dylan Bundy. Would I be giving too much? I have 3 other 1b, including Goldschmidt.
(SJLedet from Alex, La)
If you've got the pitching to be able to afford to trade Bundy, then go for it. I don't see Adams as a huge fantasy asset. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league 5th pick overall in a vacuum: Kris Bryant, Jose Abreu, Jonathan Gray, Mark Appel. Please rank since 1 or more might go before me. Thanks!
(uvasuperman from Atlanta)
Bryant, Gray, Appel, Abreu. I hate fantasy pitchers from Colorado and first baseman. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)At the 1-3 pick in my dynasty draft, Buxton and one of A. Bradley and Tanaka are off he board. I'm looking at Baez, Giolito, Bryant, Correa, and J. Gray. Who do you take? Why? How would you rank them? (Reference: I pick 1-3, and 1-6 due to trades; one of the picks in between mine would be Abreu and one of Baez/Correa (in that order)). Thanks!
(AJ from Phoenix)
Hi AJ.

The order might be different from a pure prospect perspective, but I'd go Javier Baez, Carlos Correa, Kris Bryant, Jonathan Gray, and Lucas Giolito. While Correa could wind up being a better baseball player than Baez, Baez's power tool is ridiculous and from a purely offensive standpoint (read fantasy) he has the higher ceiling. Correa's pretty damn good too, though, and I anticipate a power spike this year in the minors. His raw numbers don't look great, but he was an 18-year-old at Quad Cities. I'm impressed. Bryant's great too, but you're asking me to rank him against two amazing prospects. Gray and Giolito go behind the hitters just because I have a bias toward hitters when it comes to prospects in fantasy. I'll go Gray because Giolito had the TJ. He should be fine, and it's entirely possible that I'll flip these two if someone on BP's great scouting team comes back with a positive review on him in spring training. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)My Yordano Ventura and Koji Ueharra for his Kris Bryant? Thoughts?
(proffitt9 from Tampa)
I like Ventura better than Bryant, but that seems like a lot to give up for Bryant in any format, even if it's a dynasty league. I don't value closers a lot, but Koji Uehara provided significant value in 2013 and should do the same this year. I might do that if I were giving back a lesser prospect. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)I know we'll get composite/Jason's scouting report on the Cubs this week, but what are your thought's on Javier Baez's hit tool? The bat speed is elite, and the power consistently ranks as plus-plus. But he hacks at it quite a bit. From a fantasy perspective, how would you compare him to Kris Bryant? Lastly, where do you see each of them ending up defensively?
(AJ from Phoenix)
This is more of a question for Jason Parks, but from a fantasy standpoint I like Baez better than Bryant. I think the strikeouts for Baez are always going to be an issue but a lot of hitters in today's context strike out 130-140 times and still provide plenty of value. I was asked about defense before, but I'd guess Baez winds up at third which pushes Bryant elsewhere on the diamond. First? Left field? I'm just guessing at this point, but both will eventually find a place to play. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Can you provide an appetizer on Kris Bryant before the main course is served on Wednesday?
(100 Wheels from on the road)
The playable power is obviously legit; could play to plus-plus, which means he could hit 35 bombs. But I think the swing and miss will be a bigger issue than some are suggesting, and that could limit some of the power. At the end of the day, I think he's a first-division right fielder with several all-star level seasons on the resume. I expect a lot of power but not a high average. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Safe to say that you would disagree with the the Kris Bryant and Ryan Braun comps?
(Aaron from WI)
I do. I don't see the same hit tool for Bryant. (Jason Parks)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sorry, Paul, for my previous question, I meant to ask Jonathan Gray (not Sonny) vs. Kris Bryant.
(Dennis from LA)
Bryant! Not just bc he's the safer hitter, but just has a much higher fantasy ceiling. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a fantasy league where you control players until they accrue 6 years of service time, would you draft Sonny Gray or Kris Bryant? Just safer to go with the hitter?
(Dennis from LA)
Just clearing this out of the queue, but the answer is directly above with Dennis's correction to Jonathan Gray. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Kris Bryant be?
(Jon from Chicago)
Excellent. He can be first round fantasy-good at his peak. (Paul Sporer)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do we see Javier Baez and Kris Bryant in Chicago this year?
(Brett from Springfield)
Both could get a brief spell in Chicago this year, but I won't be shocked if they wait until 2015 either. (Mark Anderson)
2014-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Looking for a RF in dynasty: Gregory Polanco and Kris Bryant both available. Preference?
(Jonah from Redwood)
If it needs to be a RF, go with Polanco. If you want the better fantasy player, go Bryant. (Craig Goldstein)

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