BOISE — Boise Hawks third baseman Kris Bryant was selected the Northwest League player of the week Monday morning.
By the end of the day he was gone, headed to a higher level of minor-league ball in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Bryant, 21, the No. 2 overall pick by the Chicago Cubs in this summers MLB draft, was promoted to advanced Class A after 18 games with the Hawks.
He hit .354 in 18 games with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 16 RBIs. He was hitting .471 in his last 10 games and finished his time with the Hawks on a 15-game hit streak.
Daytona, which has the best record in the Florida State League, plays a doubleheader Tuesday night. Bryant, the NCAA player of the year from San Diego who received a $6.7 million signing bonus from the Cubs, is skipping low Class A Kane County (Illinois).
We felt Daytona was a place Kris would be able to go and compete in his draft summer once he got enough (at-bats) under his belt, said Jason McLeod, the Cubs director of player development and scouting. With Daytona being in the playoffs, Kris will get three-plus weeks down there, which will be nice.
Off to Daytona! Thank you to the Boise Hawks for being awesome!— Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) August 13, 2013
Also on Monday, the Hawks confirmed outfielder Trevor Gretzky has been promoted to Kane County. Gretzky, the son of NHL great Wayne Gretzky, hit .256 in 27 games with the Hawks, and was hitting .300 in his last nine games (9-of-30).
The Hawks, who were off Monday, begin a three-game homestand against Eugene on Tuesday night. The Hawks have nine home games left this season, which ends Sept. 2.