Cubs prospect Kris Bryant promoted to High-A Daytona
BY TONI GINNETTI Staff Reporter August 12, 2013 10:19PM
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Updated: August 13, 2013 12:28AM
Top draft pick Kris Bryant is getting promoted from the Northwest Rookie League to advanced Class A Daytona.
Bryant leaves his first professional stop with a 15-game hitting streak and player-of-the-week honors after going 9-for-17 with a home run, three doubles, a triple and five RBI.
‘‘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,’’ Cubs player-development director Jason McLeod said. ‘‘With Daytona being in the playoffs, Kris will get three-plus weeks down there, which will be nice.’’
Low-A Kane County first baseman Dan Vogelbach tweeted that he also was promoted to Daytona.
McLeod said the Cubs also want to keep Class A Kane County prospect Jeimer Candelario at third base, Bryant’s position.
Time is of the essence
More home games at night next season are being preceded by more 3:05 p.m. starts being added the last two months of this season. They’re being allowed as part of the Wrigley Field renovation plans approved by the City Council.
There are five 3:05 p.m. games left. The changes aren’t a good thing for players.
‘‘I don’t think anybody likes it,’’ manager Dale Sveum said Monday. ‘‘It throws everybody’s schedules off because you’ve been on the road with three 7:05 games, then a 1:10 p.m. game on the road. And then all of a sudden, it’s a night game, then 1:20 p.m., 12:05 p.m., 3:05 p.m. There’s no consistency there.’’
The 3:05 p.m. starts change the preparation routine — and the late-day shadows change a game, he said.
‘‘It’s a time of day you never really play at,’’ Sveum said of the 3:05 p.m. start. ‘‘You don’t take [batting practice] at 1 in the afternoon.
‘‘The shadows and sun in right field are horrendous, and obviously hitting late in the game, you better have the lead because it ain’t too easy hitting when those shadows come.’’
Sveum changed outfield roles before game time for Junior Lake and David DeJesus, moving Lake from left to center and DeJesus from center to left.
Sveum said he wanted to keep Lake ‘‘fresh’’ in center, with DeJesus expected to get the bulk of time in center against the predominantly right-handed pitching the Cubs will see this week.
The Cubs have signed Taiwanese right-handed pitcher Jen-Ho Tseng, 18, for a reported bonus of $1.625 million. He played in the World Baseball Classic.
◆ Scott Baker, whose rehab was interrupted by a series of rainouts, threw a bullpen session and will throw one more before resuming his rehab assignment.