Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
26-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a one-year, $10.85 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Unlikely to require surgery
3BChicago Cubs
October 3, 2018
President of baseball operations Theo Epstein said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Bryant will require offseason surgery on his left shoulder, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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Epstein echoed Bryant's statements, which the 26-year-old made following Tuesday's season-ending loss to Colorado in the NL Wild Card Game. Bryant missed a chunk of time in the second half of the 2018 campaign due to left shoulder inflammation, ending the year with just 102 games played after averaging 153 the past three seasons. When approached about potential offseason surgery in late July, Bryant scoffed at the idea and confirmed that he would return to the field later on, which he eventually did at the beginning of September. It should be noted that although his numbers weren't bad -- he slashed .265/.354/.422 last month -- Bryant's power appeared to be zapped and it was clear he wasn't his normal self at the plate.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+19%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+52%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
2016
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left 1.043 439 74 26 65 1 .322 .426 .617
Since 2016vs Right .875 1382 217 55 162 16 .277 .380 .495
2018vs Left 1.138 96 14 6 17 0 .372 .417 .721
2018vs Right .749 361 45 7 35 2 .244 .363 .386
2017vs Left .956 157 28 6 17 0 .298 .439 .516
2017vs Right .943 508 83 23 56 7 .294 .400 .544
2016vs Left 1.060 186 32 14 31 1 .314 .419 .641
2016vs Right .896 513 89 25 71 7 .284 .372 .523
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+6%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
+9%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .890 893 152 42 111 8 .268 .380 .510
Since 2016Away .940 928 139 39 116 9 .308 .402 .538
2018Home .861 213 31 7 29 1 .266 .380 .480
2018Away .812 244 28 6 23 1 .278 .369 .443
2017Home .902 342 62 18 41 2 .261 .383 .519
2017Away .993 323 49 11 32 5 .331 .437 .556
2016Home .895 338 59 17 41 5 .275 .376 .519
2016Away .980 361 62 22 61 3 .308 .393 .587
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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.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
10.5%
 
K Rate
23.4%
 
BABIP
.342
 
ISO
.188
 
AVG
.272
 
OBP
.374
 
SLG
.460
 
OPS
.834
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Drives in two, scores once
3BChicago Cubs
September 30, 2018
Bryant went 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and a run scored Sunday against the Cardinals.
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Back in action Friday
3BChicago Cubs
September 28, 2018
Bryant (wrist) returns to the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.
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Expected to rejoin lineup Thursday
3BChicago Cubs
Wrist
September 27, 2018
Bryant (shoulder) is expected to start Friday against the Cardinals, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
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Remains out Thursday
3BChicago Cubs
Wrist
September 27, 2018
Bryant (wrist) is not in the lineup against Pittsburgh on Thursday.
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X-rays negative, won't play Wednesday
3BChicago Cubs
Wrist
September 25, 2018
X-rays were negative on Bryant's injured wrist but he won't be in Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates, Jesse Rogers of ESPN.com reports.
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