2015 Outlook: Bryant enters 2015 atop many prospect rankings, and should be considered an early favorite for Rookie of the Year honors in the National League. The Cubs kept Bryant in the minors for all of last season, splitting his time nearly evenly between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. His plate-discipline numbers were nearly identical at the two levels, as he walked in 14.5 percent of his plate appearances while striking out in just over a quarter of them. With raw power at the top of the 20-80 scale, Bryant makes an overwhelming amount of hard contact and possesses the ability to drive the ball to all fields, a tool that he used to swat 43 home runs over 594 plate appearances in 2014. There are still some questions regarding his ability to stick at third base in the long run, but the Cubs have been adamant about giving him a chance to handle the hot corner before moving him to the outfield. While he'll start his year at Triple-A Iowa, Bryant will likely be called up to serve as the everyday third baseman shortly after April 17, at which point the Cubs gain an extra year of team control over their prized rookie.
2015 Outlook: After two stints in the big leagues, it appears Olt just might not be able to connect with any regularity against major league pitching. The 12 home runs in 225 at-bats last year were nice, but those represented a third of all his hits, as the 26-year-old had a miserable .160/.248/.356 slash line that earned him a midseason demotion. He flashed his potential back down at the Triple-A level, hitting .302 with seven homers in just 28 games, but he's been unable to translate it to the big league level. Olt has an alarmingly high strikeout rate, with 100 last year in only 258 plate appearances, and while he may start the year as the top option at third following Luis Valbuena's departure in the offseason, he's unlikely to even hold a grip on that role as the Cubs continue their youth movement. Kris Bryant figures to get a shot relatively early on.