The Chicago Cubs promoted Las Vegan Kris Bryant to their Triple-A affiliate Wednesday.
Bryant, who starred at Bonanza High School before attending the University of San Diego, was the second overall pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball draft. The 22-year-old third baseman led the Southern League at Double-A Tennessee in batting average (.355), home runs (22), RBIs (58), on-base percentage (.458) and slugging (.702).
On Monday, Bryant won the Home Run Derby at the Southern League All-Star Game.
After learning of his promotion to Triple-A Iowa, Bryant tweeted: “Can’t wait to join the @IowaCubs tomorrow! Thank you to @smokiesbaseball and all my teammates for so many great memories!”
After getting drafted last June, Bryant hit .336 with nine homers in Single A. He then was named the Most Valuable Player in the Arizona Fall League.