DES MOINES -- Kris Bryant had not heard about comments made by Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein regarding plans for the team's highly regarded prospect. All he was interested in Saturday was the daily schedule.
Bryant was promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday, and Epstein was asked whether there was a chance the third baseman could join the big league team this year.
"I don't think it's the right thing to do in someone's first full professional season, barring extraordinary circumstances both to the player and what's going on with the big league club," Epstein told reporters Friday in Chicago. "I think it would be a tremendous accomplishment to dominate Double-A the way he did the first half of the season and go to Triple-A and continue his development, stay healthy all year and be productive all year and continue to work on his weaknesses."
Bryant, 22, has been on the fast track since he was selected second overall in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft. He was leading the Southern League in the Triple Crown categories when promoted.
"They have a plan for everybody," Bryant said Saturday. "They've been doing it for quite a while. They've had so many good players, so you have to trust their plan, and I definitely do."
When he was told of his promotion to Iowa, there was no talk about being one step away from the big leagues.
"They just told me pack your bags, you're going to Iowa," Bryant said. "I think if you keep it short and sweet, your head doesn't get too big and you don't think you're better than the game. I won't ever think like that. That's not the type of person I am."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. Joe Popely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.