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Top Draft pick wins Golden Spikes Award

DENVER -- He still has not stepped into a Cubs uniform, but top Draft pick Kris Bryant is already collecting awards.

Bryant, selected second overall in the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft, won the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award on Friday as the nation's best amateur player.

The former University of San Diego star and consensus first-team All-American cashed in with a $6.7 million signing bonus when he signed with the Cubs a week ago. Bryant is expected to start playing for the club's short-season Class A affiliate in Boise, Idaho, soon.

Bryant, a third baseman, led the country in several offensive categories in his final collegiate season and was the first infielder to take the award since 2005.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for
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