Kris Bryant makes debut

Baseball Cubs fans weren’t pleased to hear top prospect Kris Bryant would start the season in Triple-A, but the wait is over just nine games into the season.Bryant made his debut Friday against the Padres to a standing ovation from the crowd at Wrigley Field. "I really can't put into words how good of a feeling this is," Bryant told reporters before the game. "The journey is just starting. This isn't where I want to end. I want to win a lot of games and win for the Cubs. This is a good starting point."MORE: Other Cubs legends' debuts | Fan to Bryant: 'You suck!' In front of thousands of camera phones capturing the moment, Bryant stepped onto the field and promptly i

nitiated a 5-4-3 double play in the top of the first inning. In his first at-bat, Bryant struck out on three pitches from Padres starter James Shields. His next two plate appearances yielded the same results:  strikeouts .In his final at-bat, with two outs in the eighth inning and runners on first and second trailing by a run, Bryant laced a grounder to third base that was easily handled by Will Middlebrooks, who stepped on third to end the threat and Bryant's day at the dish with an 0-for-4 line in the box score. San Diego won the game 5-4. Cubs president Theo Epstein said in spring training the club wanted Bryant to work on his defense in the minors considering he’s not your typical hot-corner attendant at 6-5, 215 pounds. But his bat will be what makes the 23-year-old a star. The Cubs didn't ease him into the big leagues once he arrived; manager Joe Maddon penciled him into the cleanup spot for his debut.Bryant led the majors with nine home runs in spring training and dominated in the minors batting .321/.364/.679 with three home runs, 10 RBIs, and two stolen bases in seven games. In 2014, Bryant was named the minor league player of the year with a .325 average, 43 home runs and 110 RBIs split between Double-A and Triple-A.It was assumed the Cubs wanted to start Bryant in the minors to have an extra year of control over the phenom before he hits free agency, and the player's agent, Scott Boras, was openly displeased with the decision. Bryant on the other hand, brushed off the controversy Friday."I don't think about the past at all," Bryant said. "I'm here now. I'm ready to play some ball."