Hawks slugger Kris Bryant promoted to Daytona

The Hawks lose two players: One of their top hitters and Wayne Gretzky’s son

STATESMAN STAFFAugust 13, 2013 

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Boise Hawks third baseman Kris Bryant, a first round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs, played his first game in Boise against the Spokane Indians on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Boise. Bryant was promoted to the Cubs' advanced A team in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Monday, Aug. 12.

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— 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 summer’s 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.’’

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.

 

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