By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
February 12, 2010
Put a question mark on which position Kris Bryant ends up playing as a pro, be it first, third or the outfield. What you can’t put a question on is his physical presence and plus, plus, raw right-handed power. The comparisons Bryant gets are guys like Troy Glaus and Dave Kingman. One thing about the Kingman comp: he was a better athlete earlier in his career, and actually had enough arm to pitch and play third base in college. Those are both things Bryant could do in college, if he gets to San Diego. The dollar sign is on the right-handed power and the right kind of body.
Bats: R, Throws: R
Bonanza HS, Las Vegas, NV
Games Seen: 6, Innings: 30
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall, lean and rangy, still growing into his frame. Loose hands and forearms, power in his hands.
STRENGTHS: Plus, plus, raw right-handed power. Lanky and loose for large guy, explosive extension, easy stroke. Physical presence on field and in middle of order; still possesses physical projection.
WEAKNESSES: Armsy swing, will need to adjust and cover inner-half as pro. Hands should be good enough to do so. Will need to translate raw power into power frequency as pro. Adequate defender when I saw him, adds value if he can stay at 3B, otherwise likely LF, 1B or RF.
SUMMARY: Should be middle of the order hitter on a good club with top flight power. Won’t have another tool that comes close to his power, but will be athletic enough to play every day and contribute elsewhere. Good athlete and actions for large kid; should grow into durable athlete built for long haul.
Adjusted Overall Future Potential: 56