Kris Bryant can add another post-season award to his trophy case. Bryant was named the Best Offensive Player in the Minors by the staff of MiLB.com on Friday morning. Bryant was not the fan’s choice for the award. The Padres’ Mallex Smith ran his way to the honor edging out former Cubs’ farmhand Marquez Smith.
Kris Bryant has received seven player or offensive player of the year awards for the incredible, video game-like numbers he put up at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in 2014: Cubs Minor League Player of the Year, Baseball America, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, MLB Pipeline, ESPN’s Keith Law and MiLB.com.
Kris Bryant led the minor leagues in home runs (43), extra basehits (78), total bases (324), slugging percentage (.661) and OPS (1.098) and finished second in the minors with a .438 OBP. Bryant not only hit for power, but he was consistent at the plate. Bryant failed to reach base either with a hit or a walk in only 14 of the 138 games he played in between Tennessee and Iowa. And he did not go without a hit for three straight games all season.
For the year (138 games), Kris Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 34 doubles, one triple, 324 extra bases and 43 home runs with 110 RBI for a 1.098 OPS.
In his first 68 games with Double-A Tennessee, Bryant put together a .355/.458/.702 slash line with 20 doubles, 22 home runs, 58 RBI and a 1.160 WHIP. And after his mid-season promotion to Triple-A Iowa, Kris Bryant batted .295/.418/.619 with 14 doubles, one triple, 21 home runs and 52 RBI for a 1.036 OPS.
Mick Gillispie and Randy Wehofer called Kris Bryant’s season for the Smokies and I-Cubs. Read what the broadcasters said about what they saw from Bryant both on and off the field at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa by clicking on the links.
Kris Bryant was given the winter off and told to prepare for a seven-month season. Bryant is expected to see time in the outfield during Spring Training.
When pitchers and catchers report in February, when will the Cubs call-up Kris Bryant and where will he play figures to be the two biggest questions of the spring. Bryant will be in big league camp on a non-roster invite and he’s already said he plans on making it difficult for the Cubs to send him to Iowa for the start of the 2015 season.
If Bryant spends 20 days in the minors at the beginning of the season, the Cubs receive an extra year of control. Reports have suggested the Cubs are not concerned about him being eligible for an extra arbitration year (Super Two) but the front office would like to put off his free agency by a full season.