Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant’s major league debut on Friday against the Padres didn’t exactly go as expected. The 23-year-old went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, though he did flash some good leather on the defensive side of things.
Things went better for Bryant on Saturday, as he went 2-for-3 with three walks and an RBI single. The RBI single — a broken bat blooper to shallow center field off of Tyson Ross — came in the fifth inning, tying the game at 2-2 at the time, and marked Bryant’s first major league hit and RBI. His other single came in the 11th inning when he beat out an infield grounder against reliever Craig Kimbrel, moving the winning run to third base with one out in the process. The Cubs won two batters later on Starlin Castro’s RBI single to left field.
Watch Bryant’s first hit and RBI here:
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Bryant had a torrid spring, leading all hitters nine home runs while also knocking in 15 runs and batting .425 in 40 at-bats. The Cubs, in an effort to delay his major league service time, had Bryant start the season at Triple-A Iowa. In 33 plate appearances with Iowa, Bryant hit .321 with three home runs and 10 RBI.