EUGENE, Ore. — Kris Bryant, the second overall pick in last month's baseball draft, will join the Hawks prior to the series opener at the Eugene Emeralds, the Hawks and Cubs announced Tuesday.
Bryant becomes the highest draft pick to play in Boise. A pair of third-overall picks have worn a Hawks jersey: Lou Montanez (2000 draft) played for Boise in 2004 and Josh Vitters (2007) played for the squad in 2007 and 2008.
A third baseman at the University of San Diego, Bryant hit .329 with 31 home runs and 62 RBIs this spring leading NCAA Division I in home runs, walks, runs, total bases and slugging percentage. The consensus first-team All-American won the Golden Spikes Award (best amateur baseball player in America), and was Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and Baseball America National Player of the Year.
Boise is in Eugene for three games, and begins a five-game homestand against Spokane on Friday.
Also, the Hawks announced Tuesday that outfielder Jacob Hannemann from BYU is rejoining the team in Eugene, while reserve catcher Rony Rodriguez has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Hannemann, who was on the seven-day disabled list, hit .280 with a home run, three doubles, two triples and three RBIs in 11 games with the Hawks.
Rodriguez has played in 19 games this season for the Hawks, hitting .231 with one home run and five RBI.