College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 31 on our Top 100 Countdown is San Diego’s Kris Bryant. The 6’5 infielder from Las Vegas, Nevada was selected in the 18th round by the Blue Jays in the 2010 MLB Draft.
As a freshman, Bryant started in 53 games for San Diego where he batted .365 with 57 runs. Bryant also posted a slugging percentage of .599 with 36 RBI, nine home runs and 17 doubles as well as an on base percentage of .482. His success earned him a variety of awards including West Coast Conference Co-Player and Co-Freshman of the Year, All-WCC Freshman Team and Freshman All-American honors.
His success continued into his sophomore season where he started all 57 games, hitting .366 on the year. Bryant led the team with 57 RBI, 59 runs, 14 home runs, and 39 walks as well as posting an on base percentage of .482 and a slugging percentage of .671. He was an All-West Coast Conference selection as well as an All-American in 2012. Bryant was also named to USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.
From a scouting perspective Bryant, who was already on the radar of most scouts out of high school, has only continued to show promise. At 6’5, he has a solid frame that could even be filled out more at the next level, and he uses his size to his advantage as he has developed a lot of power at the plate. He can hit to all fields and he really capitalizes on a pitching mistake, however he also shows extreme composure at the plate as he was walked more often than he struck out in 2012. Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of Bryant’s game is that he seems to continue to improve both his power and his composure every season, which makes him one of the top players to watch for in 2013.