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Time after time, Cubs front-office officials believed they finally cracked the code on challengingKris Bryant, only to see him step in the box, hit a few home runs and respond, "Is that all you've got?"
It started not long after Bryant, the 2013 College Player of the Year, signed last July for just more than $6.7 million. He went 0-for-3 with three errors in his pro debut, in the Rookie-level Arizona League, and had a brutal 0-for-5, five-strikeouts opener with short-season Boise two games later. He quickly took off thereafter, and the Cubs sent him to high Class A Daytona to try to help the club in a playoff push.
Chicago's front office thought Daytona would be a steep test for a hitter just weeks into his pro career. Bryant hit .333 with five home runs and a .719 slugging percentage in 16 games, then went 7-for-20 in the Florida State League playoffs to help lead the team to a championship.
OK, so the Cubs decided to raise the bar. They sent him to the Arizona Fall League, a very aggressive assignment for a first-year pro, especially one who would likely be worn out by playing baseball in October and November after beginning his college season in February. Bryant hit .364/.457/.727 with an AFL-leading six homers and was the league MVP.
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