Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
27-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $12.9 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Drives in two
3BChicago Cubs
April 19, 2019
Bryant went 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI, a walk and a run scored Friday against Arizona.
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Both of Bryant's RBI came in the second inning on a double to center field, giving the Cubs an early 2-0 lead. The 27-year-old slugger's power numbers are noticeably down so far in 2019, and prior to Friday's victory, his last RBI dated back to April 8 against the Pirates. Bryant is batting .235 with a home run and eight RBI over 17 games, though his most recent performance could be a sign he's ready to turn the corner at the dish.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
15
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+60%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+52%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .984 275 43 12 36 0 .313 .415 .570
Since 2017vs Right .855 938 140 31 97 10 .271 .384 .471
2019vs Left .477 22 1 0 2 0 .150 .227 .250
2019vs Right .763 69 12 1 6 1 .246 .377 .386
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .880 589 98 25 73 4 .261 .384 .496
Since 2017Away .889 624 85 18 60 6 .299 .397 .491
2019Home .758 34 5 0 3 1 .231 .412 .346
2019Away .651 57 8 1 5 0 .216 .298 .353
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
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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
0.58
 
BB Rate
12.1%
 
K Rate
20.9%
 
BABIP
.281
 
ISO
.130
 
AVG
.221
 
OBP
.341
 
SLG
.351
 
OPS
.691
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Angels-Cubs postponed
3BChicago Cubs
April 14, 2019
Bryant won't play Sunday against the Angels with the contest being postponed due to inclement weather in Chicago, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
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Sits for first time
3BChicago Cubs
April 13, 2019
Bryant hits the bench for the first time this season Saturday against the Angels.
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Has two-hit night
3BChicago Cubs
April 6, 2019
Bryant went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and an RBI in Friday's 13-10 loss to the Brewers.
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Goes deep in opener
3BChicago Cubs
March 28, 2019
Bryant went 1-for-4 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in Thursday's season-opening win over the Rangers.
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Reaching base at steady clip
3BChicago Cubs
March 20, 2019
Bryant enters Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Dodgers with an 8-for-29 mark (.276 average) at the plate during spring training.
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