Kris Bryant made his major league debut in 2015, culminating in unanimous N.L. Rookie of the Year accolades as he received all 30 first-place votes ... named to the N.L. All-Star team and set franchise rookie marks with 26 home runs, 99 RBI, 62 extra-base hits and 273 total bases. Is the sixth player in franchise history to earn Rookie of the Year honors, the first since catcher Geovany Soto in 2008 ... other Cubs to earn Rookie of the Year honors: outfielder Billy Williams (1961), infielder Ken Hubbs (1962), outfielder Jerome Walton (1989) and Kerry Wood (1998). w Is the first N.L. third baseman to win the award since Milwaukee's Ryan Braun in 2007. Became the first Cubs rookie to earn All-Star honors since catcher Geovany Soto and outfielder Kosuke Fukudome in 2008. w Other Cubs rookies to make the All-Star team: pitcher Sam Jones (1955), catcher Toby Atwell (1952, did not play) and second baseman Don Johnson (1944, did not play). w At age 23, became the youngest Cubs third baseman to be elected an All-Star since 23-year-old Ron Santo earned his first selection in 1963. Participated, along with teammate Anthony Rizzo, in the 2015 MLB Home Run Derby during All-Star Week at Great American Ball Park. Named the 2015 National League Outstanding Rookie by the MLB Players Association. Selected by the Cubs in the first round (second overall) of the 2013 draft ... earned 2014 Minor League Player of the Year accolades from both Baseball America and USA Today. Rated as the top prospect in the organization heading into the 2015 season by Baseball America ... the publication ranked him as the organization's second-best prospect heading into 2014. Ranked as the second-best prospect in MLB.com's top-100 prospects list heading into the 2015 campaign ... was ninth in MLB.com's top-100 prospects heading into the 2014 campaign; was the only member of the 2013 draft class in the top-10. Named the 2014 Cubs Minor League Player of the Year by the organization and was a Southern League mid-season All-Star. Started at third base for the U.S. Team in the All-Star Futures Game at Target Field, July 13, 2014. Participated in the 2014 Cubs Rookie Development Program. Earned the 2013 Arizona Fall League Joe Black MVP Award, and was named an AFL All-Star, after leading the league with a .457 slugging percentage, 22 runs, six home runs, 15 extra-base hits and 56 total bases. Attended the University of San Diego ... his 31 home runs in 2013 led the nation and are a single-season school record. w Also led the nation with 80 runs, 66 walks and an .820 slugging mark in 2013 for USD. w His 54 career home runs in three years at USD are a school record. Named a finalist for the 2013 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, and earned numerous collegiate awards including the 2013 Baseball America Player of the Year, the 2013 Collegiate Baseball National Player of the Year and the 2013 Louisville Slugger National Player of the Year. Graduated from Bonanza High School in Las Vegas.
Kris Bryant was named a N.L. All-Star and N.L. Rookie of the Year after leading major league rookies in many offensive categories, including homers (26, tied), RBI (99), doubles (31) and runs (87) while ranking second in walks (77) ... in major league history, the only other player to reach 26 homers, 99 RBI, 31 doubles, 87 runs and 77 walks in his rookie season was Boston's Ted Williams in 1939. Set franchise rookie records with his 26 home runs, 99 RBI, 62 extra-base hits and 273 total bases. His 26 home runs surpassed Billy Williams' 25 in 1961, and were the most-ever by a Cub in his first season in the majors (previously held by Mandy Brooks, 14 in 1925). His 99 RBI were the most by any N.L. rookie since Washington's Ryan Zimmerman had 110 in 2006. Named N.L. Rookie of the Month for both May and August. w Was the first Cubs rookie to have at least 22 RBI in May since Bob Speake had 29 in 1955 and Ernie Banks had 27 in 1954. Recorded 17 game-winning RBI ... since the turn of the century, only two others have reached 17 game-winning RBI in their rookie campaign: Albert Pujols (21 in 2001) and Hideki Matsui (17 in 2003). Batted .275 (154-for-559) on the season, and had an OPS of .805 or better in five of the season's six months: April (.864), May (.879), June (.805), August (1.042) and Sept./Oct. (.858). Amassed 15 homers and 64 RBI in his first 100 career games ... the only other Cub to hit at least 15 homers and drive in 60 runs in his first 100 career games is Vince Barton (16 HR, 65 RBI) in 1931-32. Had three hitting streaks of at least 12 games, becoming the first Cub to record three hitting streaks of at least 12 games in a season since Ron Santo did so in 1966. w Became the first Cubs rookie to accomplish the feat since at least 1921. Played 144 games at third base (136 starts), eight games in left field (four starts), seven games in right field (five starts) and seven games in center field (one start). w Recorded a .951 fielding percentage (17 E/347 TC) at the hot corner, and committed just one error in his last 25 games (47 TC) there. Selected by Chicago, April 17, and made his major league debut that day vs. San Diego ... went 0-for-4. Reached safely five times and recorded his first major league hit and RBI with a fifth-inning run scoring single off San Diego's Tyson Ross, April 18 at Wrigley Field. Two hits and two RBI, April 21 in Pittsburgh, gave him eight hits and six RBI in his first five career games. w Only two other players in Cubs history had that many hits and RBI in their first five career games: Andy Pafko in 1943 (11 hits, eight RBI) and Jorge Soler in 2014 (10, 7). Recorded three multi-hit, multi-RBI efforts in his first 10 career games, becoming just the third Cub to accomplish the feat ... Mandy Brooks had five such games in his first 10 major league contests in 1925, and Joe Marty had multiple hits and RBI in three of his first 10 big league games in 1937 (thanks to Elias). Hit his first career home run, May 9 in Milwaukee ... was a three-run blast in the third inning off Kyle Lohse. Hit a game-tying homer in the eighth inning, May 26 vs. Washington, becoming the first player to homer off the left field video board. © Led all rookies with 22 RBI in May, seven more than the next closest player, San Francisco's Matt Duffy. © Recorded a career-high 14-game hitting streak, June 3-18, in which he batted .351 (20-for-57) with 10 runs, five doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI, six walks and a .948 OPS. w Was the longest hitting streak by a Cubs rookie since Jerome Walton's MLB rookie record 30-gamer in 1989. Belted his first career grand slam, June 17 at Cleveland, in the ninth inning off David Murphy in a 17-0 win. Drove in a career-high six runs, and hit his second grand slam of the season, July 4 vs. the Marlins ... recorded his second multi-homer game. w Became the first Cubs rookie to hit multiple slams in a season since Billy Williams in 1961. Delivered his first career walk-off homer, July 27 vs. Colorado ... his two-run shot off Jonathan Axford came with the team down 8-7 and two outs in the ninth. w Elias notes that the 23-year-old Bryant is the second-youngest in Cubs history to hit a come-from-behind walk-off homer … the youngest was 21-year-old Ad Gumbert, who hit a game-ending three-run homer to defeat Indianapolis, 7-6, on July 25, 1889. Had a career-high four hits vs. Detroit, August 19. Hit .330 (33-for-100) with seven homers, 20 RBI, a .422 on-base percentage and a .620 slugging mark in 28 August games. © Tied the Cubs rookie franchise record with his 25th homer, September 19 vs. the Cardinals. Hit .176 (6-for-34) with a double, triple, two homers and five RBI in nine post-season games ... hit a game-winning two-run homer in Game Three of the NLDS vs. the Cardinals.
Kris Bryant led minor league baseball with 43 home runs, 78 extra-base hits, 325 total bases, a .661 slugging percentage and a 1.098 OPS in 138 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa ... his 118 runs and .438 OBP ranked second while his 110 RBI were third. Played 129 games at third base, and recorded a .944 fielding percentage (21 E/372 TC). Began the season with Tennessee and hit .355 (88-for-248) with 20 doubles, 22 homers, 58 RBI, a .458 on-base percentage and a .702 slugging mark in 68 games. Named Southern League Hitter of the Week three times: May 5-12, May 26-June 1 and June 2-8. Earned Southern League mid-season All-Star honors and led the league in batting average, home runs and RBI at the break. Promoted to Iowa, June 19, following the Southern League All-Star break ... hit .295 (72-for-244) with 14 doubles, one triple, 21 homers and 52 RBI in 70 games.
Kris, selected second overall in the draft, combined to hit .336 (43-for-128) with 14 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 32 RBI, a .390 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging mark between Rookie League Mesa, Single-A Boise and Single-A Daytona...Had a 15-game hitting streak with Boise, July 26-August 11, hitting .415...Named Northwest League Player of the Week for August 5-11 ... went 9-for-17 (.529) with three doubles, a triple, a home run and five RBI in a five-game set against the defending NWL champion Vancouver Canadians...Following a promotion to Daytona, named the Florida State League Player of the Week for August 12-18, batting .360 (9-for-25) with three home runs and five RBI in seven games...Tabbed as the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for August by the organization after hitting .381 with 16 runs, nine doubles, a triple, seven homers and 21 RBI in 24 games between Daytona and Boise...Helped Daytona to the Florida State League title ... batted .350 (7-for-20) with a .908 OPS in the postseason...Went on to earn Arizona Fall League MVP honors with the Mesa Solar Sox, helping the club to the title game ... hit safely in 17 of 20 games, and batted .364 (28-for-77) with 15 extra-base hits.