July 12, 2013
Chicago Cubs Announcement
At a press conference today at Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs formally introduced top draft pick Kris Bryant. The No. 2 pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft, the slugging third baseman from the University of San Diego agreed to a club-record $6.7 million dollar signing bonus on Wednesday. Bryant becomes not only the highest-paid player from this year's draft, but the highest-paid player since Major League Baseball adopted a slotting bonus program last season.
"This is a dream of mine and I am very happy to be a Cub," Bryant said. "Hopefully I can play this game for a long time. I am excited to get my journey started. I am going to go out there and do my best."
Bryant, who led the NCAA this past season with 31 home runs, was the recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's player of the year, and was recognized by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball as their college national player of the year. Bryant is one of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award which will be announced on July 19th at Dodger Stadium. The presentation will air live on The Rundown on Friday, July 19, starting at 2:00 p.m. ET. The presentation will also be simulcast live on MLB.com and GoldenSpikesAward.com.
"The Cubs are getting a special player," said USD head baseball coach Rich Hill. "He was a program changer for us. He worked extremely hard at his craft and he wants to be the best. Combined with his character and everything else, he was absolutely special. He was a once in a career type of player. We look forward to watching him for many years to come."
Besides leading the NCAA in home runs, he also led the nation in runs (80), base on balls (66), total bases (187) and slugging percentage (.820).
Bryant, who was accompanied at the press conference by his agent Scott Boras, said he would go to Mesa, Arizona first, and then head off to play with the Boise Hawks.