The Sporting News announced Monday that Kris Bryant had been selected by a panel of 167 National League players as the publication’s NL Rookie of the Year for 2015.
Kris Bryant received 127 votes outdistancing the Giants’ Matt Duffy by 105 votes. Kyle Schwarber received three NL Rookie of the Year votes from his peers.
2015 Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year Voting: Kris Bryant, Cubs (127), Matt Duffy, Giants (22), Jung Ho Kang, Pirates (5), Joc Pederson, Dodgers (3), Kyle Schwarber, Cubs (3), Maikel Franco, Phillies (2), Chris Heston, Giants (2), Other (3).
Kris Bryant joins Billy Williams (1961), Ken Hubbs (1962), Mark Grace (1988), Kerry Wood (1998) and Geovany Soto (2008) as the sixth Cubs’ player to be honored by the Sporting News as the NL Rookie of the Year.
The Astros’ Carlos Correa was named the Sporting News American League Rookie of the Year.
Kris Bryant was named to the NL All-Star team and participated in the Midsummer Classic as well as the Home Run Derby in Cincinnati. Bryant played five different positions in his first season in the majors and broke the Cubs’ rookie marks for home runs (26) and RBI (99) that were set by Billy Williams in 1961.
Baseball America named Kris Bryant its Rookie of the Year for 2015 two weeks ago. And Bryant was the NL Rookie of the Month in May and August.
After a very good first half in which he batted .269/.376/.472 with 14 doubles, four triples and 12 home runs for a .849 OPS, Bryant put up a better second half. Bryant hit .282/.361/.505/.867 with 17 doubles, one triple and 14 home runs after the break.
Kris Bryant batted .330/.422/.620 with a 1.042 OPS in August and .336/.383/.561 with a .943 OPS in September.
And at Wrigley Field, Bryant put up incredible numbers. In 76 home games, Bryant hit .311/.408/.629 with 14 doubles, four triples and 21 home runs for a 1.037 OPS. Bryant provided two of the most memorable walk off homers of the season … July 27 against the Rockies and Aug. 24 against the Indians.
Kris Bryant will be named the National League Rookie of the Year by the BBWAA on Nov. 16.