Baseball America named it’s Rookie of the Year for 2015 on Tuesday morning. And for the third year in a row, Kris Bryant took home a player of the year award from Baseball America.
Kris Bryant was named Baseball America’s Rookie of the Year for 2015 after putting up sensational numbers at the plate while playing five different positions on the field. Bryant was the College Player of the Year in 2013 and the Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year in 2014.
Last season, Kris Bryant hit .325/.438/.661 with 34 doubles, one triple and 43 home runs for a 1.098 OPS in 138 games between Tennessee and Iowa. Bryant collected 324 total bases and 110 RBI for the season. Bryant led the minor leagues in home runs (43), extra basehits (78), total bases (324), slugging percentage (.661) and OPS (1.098).
Kris Bryant is the first player to earn BA’s College Player of the Year, Minor League Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in successive years.
Kris Bryant made his big league debut on April 17 against the Padres at Wrigley. Bryant was 9-for-28 in seven games with Iowa (.321/.364/.679/1.042, one double, three home runs) before he was called up.
In 151 games in the majors this season, Bryant batted .275/.369/.488 with 31 doubles, five triples and 26 home runs for a .858 OPS. Bryant set Cubs’ rookie records for home runs (26) and RBI (99) that were previously held by Billy Williams. And Bryant was named to the NL All-Star team.
Bryant actually picked up his production at the plate in the second half. Bryant hit .282/.361/.505 with 17 doubles, one triple and 14 home runs for a .867 OPS in 73 games. And at Wrigley Field, Bryant put together a .311/.408/.629 slash line with 14 doubles, four triples and 21 home runs for a 1.037 OPS.
Kris Bryant is expected to be named National League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA next month and should receive votes for NL MVP.