NOAH TRISTER, AP Baseball Writer
Kris Bryant finally made his debut for the Chicago Cubs amid staggering expectations.
The slugging third baseman is not only expected to challenge for rookie of the year honors — there’s also a sense that he might already be one of the game’s top hitters at his position. After all, the Cubs batted him cleanup in his first three major league games.
“I’m sure things will start to settle in and I will become more of just a guy,” Bryant said. “I’ve never been the type that likes the center of attention. I understand that is part of the job.”
The Cubs kept Bryant in the minors for a short while even after he hit .425 with nine home runs in spring training, and in doing so the team gained an extra year of control before he can hit free agency. Chicago got off to…
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