Kris Bryant Wins 2013 Dick Howser Trophy as Collegiate Player of the Year

Kris Bryant, the Cubs’ first round pick in last week’s draft, was presented with the 2013 Dick Howser Trophy on Saturday. The award is given to the player who best represents courage, character, leadership and performance. Bryant led all of College Baseball in home runs, slugging percentage, walks and runs scored.

Kris Bryant was named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year earlier in the week. Bryant has already won the Collegiate Baseball and Louisville Slugger Awards and is a finalist for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award.

Kris Bryant hit 31 home runs this past spring for the University of San Diego while walking 66 times in 62 games. Bryant slugged .820 this last season while hitting .329.

According to the release from, previous winners of the Dick Howser Award include Mike Zunino (2012), Tyler Jungmann (2011), Anthony Rendon (2010), Stephen Strasburg (2009), Buster Posey (2008) and David Price (2007).

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Jason McLeod addressed the draft on Saturday morning and said that the Cubs have agreements in place with a majority of their top 10 draft picks. McLeod said the team is waiting on physicals before announcing the signings. McLeod indicated that many of the college pitchers the Cubs selected last week would be reporting to Boise soon after they sign.

The Cubs are hoping to have Kris Bryant signed soon. McLeod said it could be a couple of more weeks but they will have Bryant signed before the July 12 deadline.

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  • Ripsnorter1

    Surprise! Appel signed UNDER SLOT MONEY.

    I am shocked.

    • Roland Bowman

      He didn’t really have a lot of leverage

    • TheWrongGuy

      I am also NOT surprised. Appel wanted to go to Houston. I remember Hoyer saying that if the CUB’s would have drafted him they would have had to make changes in how they drafted just to sign Appel. Appel wanted to play for Houston and that’s it. He didn’t sign with the Pirates last year. This year there was a report that his parents came back from Asia to live in Houston area. Houston was going to pick Appel this year was pretty simple.

      Thats my 2 cents.

      • Ripsnorter1

        I was unaware of Appel’s desire to play for Houston.

        • Tony_Hall

          The things we do not know….sometimes makes all the difference in decisions that we criticize.

          • J Daniel

            Exactly! But most think they know everything!

    • Tony_Hall

      This helps the Cubs to be able to go below this amount to sign Bryant and sign him for under slot, and redirect money to another tough sign lower in the draft.

      6.35M for Appel, Bryant has a slot value of 6.7M, so a number around 6.0M should be about right.

  • Ray Ray

    Happy Fathers Day to all the Fathers out there! I am sure many of us remember our fathers taking us to Cubs games when we were little and now passing that tradition to our own children. This reminds me of what my then 8 year old son told me in 2003 after the Steve Bartman game after the epic collapse…..And I quote….”Dad, I can’t believe it! I just want to see the Cubs win one WS in my lifetime!” Hahaha. I said…..Me too son…….me too.

    • paulcatanese

      Happy Fathers Day to you also. At least you’re son is a Cub fan, all of mine and Grandchildren are Giant Fans, very lonely out here:)

      • Ray Ray

        Thanks Paul! Have a great day! Already went for a long run with my kids around the lake. They finished 10 miles at the same time I finished 6. Youth!

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