Kris Bryant to Join Boise Hawks
EUGENE, Ore. – The Boise Hawks, in conjunction with the Chicago Cubs, have announced a trio of roster moves prior to tonight’s series opener with the Eugene Emeralds.
The Cubs 2013 first-round draft pick, Kris Bryant, and third-round draft pick, Jacob Hannemann, will join the team in Eugene today, while reserve catcher Rony Rodriguez has been placed on the seven-day disabled list.
Bryant, the second-overall selection in the 2013 draft, becomes the highest draft pick to ever play in Boise. A pair of third-overall picks have worn a Hawks’ jersey – as Lou Montanez (2000) played for Boise in 2004 and Josh Vitters (2007) played for the squad in both 2007 and 2008. It marks the tenth-straight year that the Cubs have sent a first-round selection to play for the Hawks.
A third-baseman at the University of San Diego, Bryant hit .329 with 31 home runs and 62 RBI this spring – leading the NCAA Division I in home runs, walks, runs, total bases, and slugging percentage. A consensus first-team All-American, Bryant was named last week the Golden Spikes Award winner, giving to the best amateur baseball player in America. He was also named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year and Baseball America National Player of the Year.
Hannemann, and outfielder from BYU, rejoins the Hawks after being placed on the seven-day disabled list on July 2. The 22-year-old hit .280 with a home run, three doubles, two triples, and three RBI in 11 games with the Hawks.
Rodriguez has played in 19 games this season for the Hawks, hitting .231 with one home run and five RBI.
The Boise roster is now at 30 players, along with one rehabbing player, and one player on the disabled list.
Game 1 of the three-game series with Eugene is slated for 8:05 p.m. (MT)