Cubs likely to send No. 2 pick Kris Bryant to Double-A

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Kris Bryant had a big pro debut after being drafted No. 2 overall by the Cubs in June, hitting .336 with nine homers and a 1.078 OPS in 36 games between three different levels in the low minors.

And the Cubs were so impressed by the former University of San Diego slugger that they’re leaning toward sending him to Double-A to begin this season, as scouting director Jason McLeod told Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago.

Once stud prospects reach Double-A the jump to the majors can happen in a hurry, particularly with teams often stocking Triple-A with veterans rather than prospects. In other words, don’t be surprised to see Bryant at Wrigley Field some time this summer.

Gio González exits NLCS Game 4 start after twisting ankle

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Brewers starter Gio González was forced to exit his NLCS Game 4 start against the Dodgers in the second inning after twisting his left ankle attempting to field a comebacker hit by Yasiel Puig. González leaped, deflected the ball and twisted his ankle landing, then went after the ball but Puig reached base easily.

The Brewers’ trainer and manager Craig Counsell came out to the mound to observe González throwing some practice pitches. He was clearly in pain but was allowed to stay in. He threw one pitch to Austin Barnes and very visibly grimaced after completing his wind-up. Counsell came back out to the mound and took a visibly upset González out of the game. Freddy Peralta came in relief to finish out the at-bat. González probably shouldn’t have been allowed to stay in the game in the first place, but sometimes a player’s competitiveness is enough to convince a manager and a trainer.

Upon entering, Peralta issued a walk to Austin Barnes, then got the first out when Rich Hill laid down a mediocre bunt, allowing Peralta to get the lead runner at third base. Peralta struck out Chris Taylor and walked Justin Turner to load the bases with two outs. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts opted to pinch-hit for David Freese with Max Muncy, who struck out looking. Peralta was somehow able to slither out of the jam.

Gonzalez pitched two innings in NLCS Game 1 on Friday. He was quite good after joining the Brewers in a late-August trade with the Nationals, compiling a 2.13 regular season ERA in five starts with his new club. The Brewers will likely provide an update on his status after Tuesday night’s game.