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.
Crushes 20th homer
3BChicago Cubs
July 17, 2019
Bryant went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two runs scored and a walk in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Reds.
Bryant started the scoring Wednesday with his 412-foot shot to center field during the first inning, and he also came around to score on Jason Heyward's double in the seventh. The 27-year-old has returned to form this season with a .299/.408/.565 slash line, 28 doubles and 20 home runs in 91 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left 1.058 332 57 19 49 0 .321 .431 .628
Since 2017vs Right .879 1196 188 43 123 10 .280 .389 .491
2019vs Left 1.149 79 15 7 15 0 .297 .430 .719
2019vs Right .924 327 60 13 32 1 .296 .401 .523
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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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .916 772 137 35 93 4 .275 .395 .521
Since 2017Away .920 756 108 27 79 6 .302 .401 .519
2019Home .993 217 44 10 23 1 .307 .429 .564
2019Away .937 189 31 10 24 0 .284 .381 .556
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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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 200 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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July 12, 2019
Bryant went 1-for-3 with a solo home run, a second run scored and a walk during a 4-3 victory over the Pirates on Friday.
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Hits well in return to lineup
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July 4, 2019
Bryant went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a solo home run and three runs scored Thursday against the Pirates.
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Batting third Thursday
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July 4, 2019
Bryant (knee) is back in the lineup Thursday against the Pirates.
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Knee banged up
3BChicago Cubs
July 3, 2019
Bryant is not starting Wednesday's game against the Pirates due to his knee being banged up, Jesse Rogers of reports.
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Heads to bench
3BChicago Cubs
July 3, 2019
Bryant is not starting Wednesday against the Pirates.
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