It probably won’t influence whether he makes the Opening Day roster, because that’s more about service time rules than his performance, but Cubs uber-prospect Kris Bryant continued to dominate this afternoon with his ninth home run of spring training.
Bryant, who was last season’s minor league player of the year, came into today hitting .480 with a 2.072 OPS in 10 spring games. (Seriously, those are his actual numbers.) Today’s homer came off A’s left-hander Drew Pomeranz.
Bryant is expected to begin the season at Triple-A because by waiting just a couple weeks to call him up the Cubs can push back his eventual free agency by an entire extra season.