There has been chatter that Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant could be moving to the outfield to make room for other infield prospects such as Javy Baez.
Is this the right call?
Bryant has started 31 games at third base this season and has committed five errors while making 57 assists. Shortshop Starlin Castro has seven errors but 130 assists.
Bryant has the worst fielding percentage (.938) among all the Cubs infielders. So it might be a good idea for him to replace struggling Chris Coghlan in left field.
But, on the other hand, Bryant does flash defensive prowess that make people think he should stay at third.
On Thursday, against the San Diego Padres, Bryant made an incredible bare-handed throw.
Gloves? Where we’re going, we don’t need gloves. pic.twitter.com/bgCcRYHx71— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) May 22, 2015
If Cubs manager Joes Maddon wants to make room for Javy Baez, who Maddon reportedly considers one of the best defensive infielders in the Cubs’ organization, he will have to move Bryant to the outfield.
Maddon said there isn’t any rush to call up Baez, but when he does, he will make room for the young prospect in the infield.
“Javy [Baez] can make any defense better. I talked about that in camp. I thought he was one of the finest young infielders I’ve seen.”
No matter where Maddon puts Bryant in the field, he will have the same effect at the plate.
Bryant is hitting .289 with five home runs and 27 RBI, including a two-run home run against the Padres on Thursday.