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Kristopher L. Bryant (born January 4, 1992) is an American professional baseball player who is currently playing for the Chicago Cubs organization. He attended the University of San Diego, where he played college baseball for the San Diego Toreros baseball team.
Bryant attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Playing for the school's varsity baseball team all four years, he recorded a .418 batting average, a .958 slugging percentage (SLG), 103 hits and 47 career home runs. He was named to the USA Today All-USA baseball first-team. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Bryant in the 18th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He did not sign, and enrolled at the University of San Diego, to play college baseball for the San Diego Toreros baseball team.
As a freshman at San Diego in 2011, Bryant had a .365 batting average, a .482 on-base percentage (OBP), and a .599 SLG, with nine home runs. He was named a freshman All-American and the West Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year, sharing both honors with Marco Gonzales.
As a sophomore in 2012, he was named a first team All-American by Baseball America after hitting .366 with a .483 OBP and .671 SLG and 14 home runs. That summer, Bryant was selected by USA Baseball to play for the United States collegiate national team.
In the 2013 season as a junior, Bryant hit 31 home runs to lead the nation. It is the most home runs hit by a college player since the NCAA switched to a BBCOR composite bat in 2011. It breaks the previous record of 30 set by Victor Roache in 2011. Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy, which are both awarded to the top collegiate player in the nation. He was also named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and the College Baseball News National Player of the Year.
After the Astros selected Mark Appel with the first overall selection, the Chicago Cubs chose Bryant with the second overall selection. Bryant agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus with the Cubs two days prior to the signing deadline.
Bryant began his professional career with the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League batting .354 with 4 home runs. He was promoted to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on August 12. He hit .333 with five home runs for Daytona. After the season he played in Arizona Fall League (AFL). He was named co-player of the week, along with Mitch Haniger, in the first week of the fall league season. He was named the MVP of the AFL after hitting .364/.457/.727 with six home runs in 20 games.
Bryant started 2014 with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies. In June he won the 2014 Southern League Home Run Derby and participated in the All-Star game. On June 18, 2014, Bryant was promoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs after batting .355 with 22 home runs and 58 RBI in 68 games with Tennessee. In Keith Law's midseason top prospect update in July of 2014, Bryant was ranked as the best prospect in baseball. At the end of the regular season, Bryant was named the USA Today Minor League Player of the Year and Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year.
Bryant was named his high school's salutatorian, but allowed a classmate to take the role instead when he found out how badly she wanted it. In college, he majored in biology before switching to finance.
His father, Mike, played in minor league baseball for the Boston Red Sox organization. Mike owned a patio furniture store, but sold it in order to get a job that permitted him to coach his son.
- ↑ Brewer, Ray (March 6, 2010). All eyes on Bonanza slugger Kris Bryant, a likely first-round draft pick - Las Vegas Sun News. Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Jim Halley, USA TODAY High School Sports. Kris Bryant's pro prospects have turned the corner at San Diego. Usatodayhss.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Ex-Bonanza star improves his baseball stock as collegian. Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ North, By (June 8, 2011). LOCAL BRIEFS: USD's Bryant earns All-America honors. Utsandiego.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Times. In brief: Gonzales, Carpenter lead way for Zags on WCC team - Spokesman.com - June 2, 2011. Spokesman.com. Retrieved on June 2, 2013.
- ↑ Bryant Tabbed First-Team All-America by Baseball America. Usdtoreros.cstv.com (April 13, 2013). Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Kris Bryant Named to Team USA. Usdtoreros.cstv.com (April 13, 2013). Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Kris Bryant's 30-HR season with composite bat is epic. Boston Herald (May 23, 2013). Retrieved on August 28, 2013.
- ↑ 2013 MLB Draft: Why the Astros should take Kris Bryant at 1-1. www.ajc.com. Retrieved on August 28, 2013.
- ↑ San Diego’s Bryant wins 36th Golden Spikes Award as nation’s best player. USA Baseball. NCAA.com (July 20, 2013). Retrieved on August 11, 2013.
- ↑ Kruth, Cash (June 15, 2013). No. 2 pick Bryant awarded Dick Howser Trophy. MLB.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved on June 16, 2013.
- ↑ "Kris Bryant wins Dick Howser Trophy", ESPN, ESPN Internet Ventures, June 15, 2013. Retrieved on June 16, 2013.
- ↑ 13.0 13.1 Bonanza grad Bryant still smacks baseballs a long way | Las Vegas Review-Journal. Reviewjournal.com (May 7, 2012). Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Future 50: Appel No. 1. Insider.espn.go.com (March 14, 2013). Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Law, Keith. Thurman, Bryant both first-rounders. Insider.espn.go.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ Luhnow, scouts considering options for No. 1 Draft pick | astros.com: News. Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved on April 23, 2013.
- ↑ Cubs power up, pick slugging 3B Bryant No. 2 overall | cubs.com: News. Mlb.mlb.com (June 6, 2013). Retrieved on August 13, 2013.
- ↑ Cubs agree to deal with first-round Draft pick Bryant. Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved on July 11, 2013.
- ↑ Rogers, Jesse. Kris Bryant promoted to Single-A Daytona - Chicago Cubs Blog - ESPN Chicago. Espn.go.com. Retrieved on August 13, 2013.
- ↑ Brewers prospect Mitch Haniger named Arizona Fall League Co-Player of Week | brewers.com: News. Mlb.mlb.com (October 15, 2013). Retrieved on January 30, 2014.
- ↑ Cubs prospect Kris Bryant named Arizona Fall League MVP. Hardballtalk.nbcsports.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2013.
- ↑ Bryant slugs way to Double-A Home Run Derby crown
- ↑ Cubs' prospect Bryant promoted to Iowa
- ↑ Cubs' Kris Bryant Rated No 1 Prospect By ESPN
- ↑ Miller, Bryce (September 3, 2014). "Electrifying Cubs prospect Kris Bryant earns player of year honor". USA Today. Retrieved on September 3, 2014.
- ↑ Cooper, J.J. (September 9, 2014). "2014 Minor League Player Of The Year: Kris Bryant". Baseball America. Retrieved on September 9, 2014.
- ↑ Kenney, Kirk (May 31, 2012). Bryant’s potent power has USD revved. UTSanDiego.com. Retrieved on April 20, 2013.
- ↑ University of San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant likely top 10 pick in Draft | MLB.com: News. Mlb.mlb.com (May 13, 2013). Retrieved on August 13, 2013.