The pick: Kris Bryant, third base, University of San Diego
His stats: Bryant led all college players in 2013 with 31 home runs, 10 more than the next player. He also hit .329 with a .493 on-base percentage. He's a finalist for the Golden Spikes award given out to the top amateur baseball player.
His background: Bryant, 21, grew up in Las Vegas. The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the 18th round in 2010 but Bryant chose to go to college where he's played the last three seasons. His dad, Mike, was Bryant's coach for much of his life after being a minor league player in the Boston Red Sox organization.
ESPN draft guru Keith Law's take: Bryant's kind of right-handed power is very hard to find, and even if he ends up in right field he's athletic enough to be good there. He sets up with a very wide base and has no stride, just a toe-tap for timing. It's a quiet swing overall, with excellent hip rotation for power, but his bat speed is just average or a tick better and I worry about his contact rates when he's consistently facing guys throwing 90-plus in pro ball. He can murder a good fastball but I'm not sure how he'll react to better off-speed stuff in the pros.
What it means: With third base still a thin position at the major league level -- especially in terms of power -- Bryant could be the answer to the Cubs woes at the hot corner. Some have compared him to Mike Schmidt. That's lofty praise, but even if he can produce a fraction of what Schmidt did, the Cubs could have their answer at third. He could also end up in the outfield, so defensively it's unclear what level he'll reach. But if there is a no-doubter at the plate in the draft, it's Bryant. As for when he would be ready to play in the majors, Bryant said Thursday afternoon in a radio interview, "Watching big-league games I feel like I could hit big-league pitching now."