Bryant, Vogelbach ready to contribute at Daytona

Bryant, Vogelbach ready to contribute at Daytona

CHICAGO -- First-round pick Kris Bryant and Dan Vogelbach, a second-round selection in 2011, were both promoted to Class A Daytona, with Bryant making the biggest leap from short-season Boise.

"In Bryant's case, we wanted him to shake the rust off in short-season ball and get him adjusted to what life in pro baseball is like," said Theo Epstein, Cubs president of baseball operations. "He started out a little rough, that 0-for-5 [in first game with] five [strikeouts], but it was just a matter of getting his timing back. For the last week or so, he's just been locked in. ... He had nothing much left to do at that level."

Bryant, ranked No. 4 among the Cubs' Top 20 prospects, was named the Northwest League Player of the Week on Monday, going 9-for-17 with three doubles, one triple, a home run and five RBIs in five games.

The Cubs wanted Jeimer Candelario to continue to get regular playing time at third base at low A Kane County, plus Daytona is headed for the playoffs, which is also why Bryant was added along with Vogelbach, ranked No. 11 on the Top Prospects list.

"[Vogelbach] has been pretty consistent driving the baseball and getting on base, and he's working hard on his defense," Epstein said. "We felt it made sense for him to move up at this time."

Epstein, general manager Jed Hoyer, and manager Dale Sveum will likely meet soon to discuss possible September callups.

"We don't want to clutter the locker room with people who aren't going to play but [add] people who we want to see and get their feet wet and get some playing time before next season," Sveum said.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.