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Sample Player Name and Vital Information:
Kris Bryant, INF
2010 Graduating Class
Bonanza HS, Las Vegas, NV
Bats: R, Throws: R
GPA: 3.9 (4.7 weighted).
Sample Baseball Resume
1st Team High School All-American for USA Today, Baseball America, Rawlings, Louisville Slugger
Gatorade Player of the Year for Nevada 2010
Nevada State Player of the Year 2010
Power Showcase Spirit of Babe Ruth Award 2010
Led the California Collegiate League in HR and was a 3rd Team All-Star 2010
Aflac All-American 2009
1st Team All-Conference, 2010
All-Southern Nevada, 2010
All-State Nevada, 2008, 2009, 2010
Nevada state HR Leader 2008 (sophomore) and 2010
3rd All-Time HR Leader both single season (22) and career (47)
Bryant was an Aflac All-American in 2009 and also participated in the 2009 Area Code Games. He has played scout baseball for the L.A. Angels and will spend the summer of 2010 playing for Team Vegas in the California Collegiate League. He was also named to the 100-best top High School prospects in the nation by Baseball America. Bryant was named the 2010 Las Vegas High School Baseball Player of the Year by the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Sample Scouting Summary
Kris Bryant is a long, lean right-handed hitter who offers both power and speed potential. Hitting from a straight stance with the bat in a flat position, Bryant generates above-average bat speed with strong hands, wrists and forearms. His easy swing generates a level plane through the hitting zone with a slight uppercut. Bryant has shown the ability to hit for power to all fields with wood. A runner with long strides, Bryant is a 4.2 runner at best and frequently runs 4.3 times to first base. With a smooth arm action and arm strength, Bryant’s arm plays at third base. His throws consistently show on-line carry through the bag. Though unconventionally tall for a middle infielder, Bryant is a high school shortstop whose athletic actions translate to third base. He shows improving footwork, soft hands and reflexes.
Sample Q&A , featuring Kris Bryant
Baseball Beginnings: How do you think you have gotten better from summer to spring?
Bryant: This spring I’ve been a lot better defensively. I think I’ve only made 10 errors and I’ve had a lot of chances at short. Some of the plays, I think I might have surprised myself. I’ve been able to handle some tough balls to my right and not just the routine balls. Offensively, I knew I was going to be seeing a lot more curveballs, and I wanted to be able to drive those for more power. That was a big thing for me from summer into spring, being able to show that I could generate more power against the slow pitch. Speed wise, I know I’m running better. I worked out with a track coach and we did a lot of work with running cords. Before that, I would run 60s and you’d get me at 7.0-7.2. Now I can go 6.8 usually.
Baseball Beginnings: That would be a big step forward from what I saw in the summer. At that time I had below-average runner on you, average at best. What have you been getting on hard 90s this spring?
Bryant: I had a scout tell me just the other day that he had me at 4.2. I got on an infield hit and beat it out.
Baseball Beginnings: So hearing you talk about playing better defense and running better sounds like a guy who doesn’t want to hear, ‘big right-handed hitter, have fun at first base for the rest of your life.’
Bryant: Definitely. One reason I’ve really worked hard is I don’t want to be pigeon holed. I know I’m moving better to my left and especially to my right. I’ve had a couple of balls where they were slow rollers I had to charge and I came in and was able to kind of do the Derek Jeter thing with the balls. I had a scout tell me he was more surprised about my defense than anything else this spring. He said he thought I was a plus defender with a plus big league arm. I was thrilled when he told me that, because I wanted to be thought of as more than a bat.
Baseball Beginnings: So it’s shortstop to finish up in high school, are you thinking third base at the next level?
Bryant: Definitely, that’s where I think I’d be probably be.
Baseball Beginnings: When I saw you in the summer, it was always first base in a game. In fact, I had to look back at the video to see if you even got ground balls at third in infield. That’s kind of a scouting typecasting based on your height. Did experiencing that on a national stage help you to go back home for the fall and winter and try to prove you were better than that?
Bryant: I really wanted to prove that I wasn’t just a one-dimensional player.
Baseball Beginnings: You wanted to have enough other tools so they can’t as easily say, ‘if you don’t hit, you don’t make it.’
Bryant: That’s why I put in the hard work. When scouts started coming out in the spring, the first thing most of them told me was that my arm was a lot better. They said that surprised them. I never had any arm injuries, I just never really got a chance to throw over the summer.
Baseball Beginnings: So let’s go back to the bread-and-butter. How are you seeing the ball this spring?
Bryant: Great. I just hit my 19th and 20th home runs. Everything has just felt really comfortable offensively. I haven’t felt like I’ve had to do more than anything other than what I do when I’m feeling right. Right now, I think there are 15 teams that have pre-draft workout invitations. I don’t know that I’ll be able to make them all, but I’m going to try to make everyone happy.
Baseball Beginnings: How tall are you this spring?
Bryant: I think 6-5.
Baseball Beginnings: How tall were you coming into high school? Where was the growth spurt?
Bryant: I was like 5-8 in 8th grade and then 6-2 as a freshman.
Baseball Beginnings: One thing about the offensive season is that some guys really struggle going from wood all year back to metal for 30 games. Some guys struggle with metal, not playing every day, not facing the draft-type pitching all the time. Some teams use that as reason to bury players, but some scouting mistakes are also made that way. Why hasn’t the transition, for lack of a better term, screwed you up?
Bryant: To be honest, I don’t have a problem with it. With wood, I just think like I’m hitting with metal. Metal doesn’t bother me. I really like wood. I have no problem with it.
Baseball Beginnings: You mentioned that your Dad is from Massachusetts and played a few minor league seasons for the Red Sox. (Researcher that I am, I learned he played with Oil Can Boyd). How much did that help you?
Bryant: I always grew up with baseball. He always threw to me. He was drafted in the 9th round by the Red Sox and played at UMASS-Lowell. He still claims he has a better arm than I do.