Kristopher L. Bryant (January 4, 1992-) is one of the greatest prospects to come through the Chicago Cubs system in nearly 15-20 years since Chicago welcomed pitchers Kerry Wood in 1998 and Mark Prior in 2002. Growing up, Kris starred for his Las Vegas high school where he hit .418 with 47 home runs in four varsity seasons to earn USA Today All-USA honors. After spurning the Toronto Blue Jays, who selected Kris in the 18th round of the 2010 MLB Draft, he spent three years playing for the University of San Diego. At USD, he was named an All-American as a freshman and West Coast Co-freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year with pitcher Marco Gonzales. After taking All-American honors as a sophomore, Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy as the best player in the nation. The Chicago Cubs then took Kris with the second overall pick of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. First assigned to the Cubs’ Arizona Rookie League team, Bryant rolled through the minors, batting .327 with 212 hits, 55 home runs and 152 RBI in fewer than 200 games. In 2014, he was the USA Today and Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year recipient and also was named the Baseball America #1 prospect for 2015.
During the 2015 Cubs’ spring training, Kris led the Major Leagues with nine home runs, but Chicago returned him to the minors for 12 days to comply with service time rules in order to retain complete control over the third baseman/outfielder. Despite the media frenzy that surrounded the demotion, Bryant made the best of it and hit .321 with three home runs in seven games before being called up on April 17, 2015. Since making his major league debut, Bryant won the NL Rookie of the Year Award (2015), NL Most Valuable Player Award (2016), and helped lead Chicago to the 2016 World Series title, breaking the Cubs' 108-year championship drought.
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