Cubs’ Kris Bryant delivers message to brass, baseballs to fans in left field

SHARE Cubs’ Kris Bryant delivers message to brass, baseballs to fans in left field
SHARE Cubs’ Kris Bryant delivers message to brass, baseballs to fans in left field

MESA, ARZ. — In his first game back in the field since a weeklong bout with shoulder fatigue, Kris Bryant gunned five perfect throws from third base for outs (“I do try to throw it as hard as I can”) and also delivered his third multi-homer game in 10 days – the first off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez.

Service time issues or not, his MLB-leading seventh and eighth homers of the spring were just the latest special deliveries in the message he’s trying to send management.

“Yeah, I’m playing with a chip on my shoulder,” he said, “but at the same time having fun.”

Baseball America’s top-ranked prospect is 12-for-25 (.480) with a 1.520 slugging percentage and .552 on-base percentage this spring, with more home runs than strikeouts (seven). That doesn’t count the two-run homer against the Angels in Thursday’s B game.

Despite the obvious likelihood he’ll open the season in the minors for a couple of weeks to retain an additional year of club control before free agency, Bryant said he still believes he has a chance to make the Opening Day roster.

“Absolutely,” he said.

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