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Cubs' official: Decision on Bryant promotion imminent

Speaking on AM-1280 WBIG Saturday, Tim Wilken, Cubs special assistant to the president and general manager, said a decision on promoting first-round pick Kris Bryant from Short-A Boise is imminent. With just under a month remaining in the minor league regular season, Kane County or Advanced-A Daytona are the likely destinations for Bryant, a third baseman drafted second overall out of San Diego.

"I think we're going to discuss that sometime next week and see what we think is probably the best plan for him," Wilken told listeners.

Three members of the Cubs' 2013 draft class have joined the Cougars since June, highlighted by second-round left-hander Rob Zastryzny, who pitched three innings of scoreless relief Friday.

Fourth-round righty Tyler Skulina and infielder Giuseppe Papaccio, an 18th round selection, came to Geneva earlier this summer after opening their pro careers at Boise.

Entering Saturday, Bryant was batting .412 with three home runs and 10 RBIs in his past 10 starts for Boise while raising his average to .300 in 15 games overall.

Should Bryant land with Daytona, he could have the opportunity for at least a few more at-bats. Daytona leads the second-half race in the Florida State League North by 3.5 games. The Cougars' elimination number in their division race is 11.

– Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com

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