Cubs News: David Ross confirms Kris Bryant will bat leadoff: "I'm excited about it"
|Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 2:38 PM- -|
This is some surprising news to come out of Cubs camp on Wednesday.
Slugging third baseman Kris Bryant will begin the season batting leadoff.
Cubs manager David Ross spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon and shared the exciting new.
"You’ll see him at the top of the order a whole lot in spring training," Ross said via 670 The Score. "My goal is to put the best players and the best at-bats for me at the top of the order. Kris Bryant is a really good at-bat, gets on base, is probably one of our best baserunners. His baseball IQ is extremely high. So when you talk about putting the best players in baseball at the top of the order, I think that’s our best player, and I want to put him at the top."
Ross thinks that having someone of Bryant's ability to get at least five at-bats per game should be beneficial to the ballclub.
“That is a fifth at-bat for guys is a real thing. When that comes around, you got to have a guy that wants that. I talked to Kris about that, and he’s all-in. He thinks that he can be an impact player at the top of the lineup just like I do. It slots guys in really well after him. (righty, lefty, righty, lefty)”
Ross confirmed this is not an experiment but something he is committed to.
“He’s on board. I’m on board. It’s something I have been thinking about long and hard. I’m excited about it.”
Things are shaking up with the Cubs, and I am all for watching it unfold this season.
Ross said he’s committed to Bryant as leadoff man. Not ready to reveal the rest of the lineup. pic.twitter.com/40sa25jhmr— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) February 19, 2020
Ross “excited” about Bryant leading off pic.twitter.com/pOxCKkpaZJ— Gordon Wittenmyer (@GDubCub) February 19, 2020
Early look at the top of the @cubs lineup, according to rookie manager David Ross:— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) February 19, 2020
1. Kris Bryant
2. Anthony Rizzo
Sluggers who could get five at-bats on many days, and that’s why Ross likes this most.
Best bats at the top of the order?? pic.twitter.com/DPETTqsEln— Marquee Sports Network (@WatchMarquee) February 19, 2020