Chicago Cubs: Latest Kris Bryant trade rumors are laugh out loud funny

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Chicago Cubs: The staple of the deal

Don’t get me wrong; I really like Bohm. The former third overall pick in the 2018 MLB amateur draft obliterated the minors this year, rising from Class-A to Double-A in just one calendar season. At the start of his 2019 campaign, Bohm played in only 22 games at Lakewood before getting called up to Class-A Advanced Clearwater.

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Bohm slashed .367/.441/.595 in that span with three home runs and a 194 wRC+. His walk rate was impressive at 12.9 percent, and Bohm did an excellent job managing his strikeouts. He then arrived at Clearwater, where he slashed .329/.395/.506 with four home runs and a 165 wRC+.

Finishing the final 63 games of the season at Double-A Reading, Bohm saw an increase in power, smashing 14 long balls, and maintained a respectable .269/.344/.500 line with a 146 wRC+. Bohm did see a small bump in his strikeout rate, however, did an excellent job limiting that category. The 23-year-old also jumped his walk rate back into double digits.

Unfortunately, the projections for Bohm’s future value fail to parallel to that of Bryant’s when he first came up through the pipeline. He is projected to be a weaker version of Bryant, which already spells trouble on the trade front. In 2013-14 when Bryant was working his way through the system, he was so far ahead of where Bohm is now that it makes little sense as to why the Cubs would offer Bryant and receive an inferior version of himself. Easy pass.