Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
29-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago Cubs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Like a lot of people, Bryant would love to forget all about 2020. The third baseman posted a career-worst .644 OPS. For comparison, his next-lowest mark was the .834 OPS he recorded in 2018, and he finished with an OPS north of .900 in three of his first five MLB seasons. Bryant battled a variety of injuries and only played in 34 of the Cubs' 60 games. Injuries have been an issue the past few years. He played in 147 games in 2019 and just 107 in 2018 after playing in at least 150 games each of his first three seasons. Bryant is still a talented player, but he's lost more than a little bit of his luster since that a magical 2016 season when he won NL MVP and the Cubs won the World Series. The organization now has to decide whether to pay Bryant or trade him in his final year of arbitration. If Bryant stays healthy, a bounce-back season could be in order, either with the Cubs or a new team. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#126
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$Signed a one-year, $19.5 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2021.
Cracks 10th homer
3BChicago Cubs
May 14, 2021
Bryant went 1-for-3 with a walk, a two-run home run and a second run scored in Friday's 4-2 win over the Tigers.
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After leaving Wednesday's game early due to a minor wrist issue, Bryant returned to action following the Cubs' day off Thursday and proved he was feeling 100 percent with a third-inning blast off Tarik Skubal. Bryant continues to rake in what could be his final season in Chicago, slashing .309/.403/.667 through 35 games with 10 homers and 24 RBI.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
7
17
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vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
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6
3
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+85%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left 1.119 197 38 14 31 1 .317 .442 .677
Since 2019vs Right .826 728 118 31 81 4 .263 .352 .475
2021vs Left 1.658 33 11 5 9 0 .429 .515 1.143
2021vs Right .896 111 17 5 15 1 .274 .369 .526
2020vs Left .821 35 4 0 2 0 .286 .429 .393
2020vs Right .590 112 16 4 9 0 .184 .250 .340
2019vs Left 1.055 129 23 9 20 1 .295 .426 .629
2019vs Right .866 505 85 22 57 3 .279 .370 .495
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+13%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+58%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .833 506 84 19 46 3 .266 .372 .462
Since 2019Away .945 414 70 25 64 2 .283 .370 .575
2021Home .875 88 17 3 8 1 .276 .375 .500
2021Away 1.383 56 11 7 16 0 .362 .446 .936
2020Home .572 91 9 1 2 0 .200 .297 .275
2020Away .700 51 9 2 7 0 .213 .275 .426
2019Home .897 327 58 15 36 2 .282 .391 .505
2019Away .909 307 50 16 41 2 .282 .371 .538
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Stat Review
How does Kris Bryant compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
12.5%
 
K Rate
23.6%
 
BABIP
.350
 
ISO
.358
 
AVG
.309
 
OBP
.403
 
SLG
.667
 
OPS
1.069
 
wOBA
.450
 
Exit Velocity
82.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.1%
 
Barrels/PA
10.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In a way, Bryant has become a victim of his own potential. He's not a perennial first rounder, so what? Bryant is a consistently solid fantasy asset with slightly depressed numbers hitting out of the two hole as the added plate appearances don't completely mitigate the lost RBI opportunities. Last season, Bryant rebounded from a disappointing 2018 campaign which was hindered by a lingering shoulder issue. In 2019, Bryant avoided the IL, though he did sit out the last week with an ankle sprain. The result were numbers just a smidgen lower than the previous two campaigns. It will be curious to see if new Cubs skipper David Ross keeps Bryant batting second. His career .385 OBP is worthy, though a .516 SLG plays in a run-producing spot as well. Third base isn't as deep as usual. Securing Bryant early, maybe even at a discount, locks up a reliable performer at the hot corner with added outfield eligibility.
Bryant hit .280/.383/.481 with nine home runs up until Father's Day before hitting the disabled list for the first time with a left shoulder injury that never really went away. The front shoulder is necessary for the extension on a swing that helps a hitter drive through the baseball and provide the distance sluggers need, and it was clearly a challenge for Bryant to do what he had done the previous two seasons. He hit .256/.356/.416 the rest of the season, with four home runs. All in all, the bum ball and socket joint shoulders (ahem) most of the blame for the drop in production, but leaves fantasy owners in a conundrum for 2019 drafts. This could be another Matt Carpenter situation where injury uncertainty leads to a drop in draft-day price and early production that evolves into a MVP-caliber season. It could also lead to a repeat of 2018. Either way, it is unlikely many are going to take Bryan in the top 15 this time around.
At a glance, the 2016 NL MVP had a disappointing season in 2017 -- his home-run total fell from 39 to 29, and he drove in just 73 runs after racking 102 RBI the previous season. A closer look reveals signs of improvement in the underlying numbers, however, as Bryant struck out a career-low 19.2 percent of the time while drawing walks at a career-high 14.3 percent clip. While his RBI output was lighter than expected, Bryant racked up 111 runs scored, finishing eighth in MLB in 2017 after he cracked the top-five in 2016. He spent more time in the No. 2 spot in the batting order last season, which paired with the Cubs' lack of an OBP machine in the leadoff spot following the departure of Dexter Fowler, reduced his opportunities to drive in runs. The slight drop in power should slightly deflate Bryant's price at the draft table this spring, but there's no compelling reason to think that he can't be one of the most productive hitters in the league in 2018.
If there were any doubts about Bryant's ability to ascend to MVP levels of production following an impressive debut in 2015, the uncertainty was erased by the performance in his sophomore campaign. Bryant trimmed the fat from his 30.6 percent strikeout rate as a rookie to 22.0 percent last season, pushing his batting average up 17 points by swinging-and-missing less often, and by making contact on pitches outside the strike zone at an increased rate. It's hard to believe, but Bryant's raw power could push his home-run total even higher, though the pitcher-friendly tendencies of Wrigley Field are on the short list of things working again him (22 of his 39 homers came on the road). In addition to his step forward at the plate, Bryant's defense at third base has improved to the point where he's become an asset with the glove, quelling concerns about a full-time move to another corner spot for the foreseeable future.
Bryant was called up in April and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in his debut. That was the last time a fantasy owner had a problem with him. The National League's top rookie just missed driving in 100 runs, and with 26 home runs, 87 runs, and a surprising 13 stolen bases, he was one of the top fantasy players around in 2015. Yes, he still strikes out too much (30.6% K-rate), but he draws plenty of walks (11.8% walk rate) and only Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper receive higher power grades in the National League. All signs are pointing up for the third baseman, but his .275 batting average was fueled by a .383 BABIP, so it's possible his first 40-home-run season could be accompanied by a .250 batting average if that figure normalizes. Prospective owners can live with that.
We knew this guy was good, but Bryant's power as a 23-year-old third baseman makes him the top prospect in all of baseball. Bryant destroyed the Southern League in half a season with Double-A Tennessee, and he didn't slow down when he was promoted to Triple-A Iowa. While he struck out a lot - a combined 162 times in 2014 - he also drew 43 walks apiece in his two stops. He doesn't have much left to prove in the minors, so expect him to win a spot at the hot corner for the Cubs this year. It may not happen on Opening Day, however, as the Cubs stand to benefit from having Bryant spend a few weeks at Triple-A Iowa to prevent him from accruing a full year of service time in 2015.
In an organization full of shiny hitting prospects, Bryant may shine the brightest. The second pick in the 2013 draft only has 128 professional at-bats under his belt, and his defense at the hot corner is underwhelming, but his power is through the roof and he's been known to draw a walk or two. And just in case anyone didn't notice, he raked in the AFL as well. While he'll probably start the year at Double-A Tennessee, he should move up very quickly and could see action in Chicago sometime in 2014. Put a star next to his name so you don't forget him.
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Avoids major damage to wrist
3BChicago Cubs
Wrist
May 12, 2021
Bryant left Wednesday's game against Cleveland with a wrist contusion, Taylor McGregor of Marquee Sports reports.
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Exits after HBP
3BChicago Cubs
Wrist
May 12, 2021
Bryant exited Wednesday's game against Cleveland after he was hit by a pitch on his left wrist in the top of the seventh inning, Tim Stebbins of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
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Still feeling sick
3BChicago Cubs
Illness
May 12, 2021
Manager David Ross said prior to Wednesday's game against Cleveland that Bryant (illness) is still feeling "super under the weather" and didn't get much sleep overnight, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports.
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On bench Wednesday
3BChicago Cubs
Illness
May 12, 2021
Bryant (illness) is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Cleveland.
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Exits with ailment
3BChicago Cubs
Illness
May 11, 2021
Bryant was removed from Tuesday's game at Cleveland while feeling under the weather, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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