Maddon to keep giving Bryant work in outfield

Skipper hopes to have all prospects work at more than one position

Maddon to keep giving Bryant work in outfield

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Kris Bryant made his second start in left field on Sunday and manager Joe Maddon wants the Cubs' top prospect to get more time there.

The Cubs are emphasizing versatility among their position players, and trying to get all Minor Leaguers to play at least two positions.

"You never know where the need will arise," Maddon said Sunday. "All of a sudden, you could have a need here, and he hasn't played there."

Bryant's line-drive double play

Bryant has not played outfield since his junior year of college at the University of San Diego. The move is no reflection on his ability as a third baseman.

"I honestly believe it makes a younger hitter a better hitter," Maddon said. "If he's moving around a lot, and has to work with so many different defensive positions, he doesn't worry so much about his hitting."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.