Fun With Numbers: Kris Bryant’s Professional Career
It might be hard to believe, but Kris Bryant was the Cubs first round pick in 2013, that’s right, last year. With how much we talk about Bryant here, and on Twitter, you would think he has been around forever. Well, there is good reason for it, Kris Bryant has turned himself into a super prospect. Yesterday’s game with Iowa marked the 163rd professional game for Bryant, or one more game than your typical Major League regular season, let’s dive into Bryant’s stupid numbers.
All of these stats are totals from Bryant’s pro career (163 games)
Batting Average: .336 (194-for-578)
Home Runs: 50
Well, that’s absurd. Even more disturbing is that Bryant started his professional career extremely slow. In July of 2013 he only hit .220 with two home runs, and nine RBI’s (11 games). Of Bryant’s 194 hits, 100 are for extra bases, he is a slugging machine.
Now, let’s focus on his 2014 season, which has him as a finalist for Minor League Player of the Year.
2014 Totals (Combined numbers from Tennessee and Iowa)
Batting Average: .336 (151-for-450)
Home Runs: 41
As Bryant faces better competition, he has better production across the board. 2013 is weighing down his OBP/OPS… which is to be expected to some extent seeing it was his first experience as a pro, and it came at the end of his College season. The one thing that I take away from these stats is this, the strikeout rate. A guy with Bryant’s power is going to have a certain amount of swing and miss in his game, but his K rate remains static as he ascends through the system, it’s like clockwork actually.
K rate for his career (based on plate appearances) – 26.2%
K rate in 2014 (based on plate appearances) – 26.8%
Breakdown of K rate in 2014 per month
April – 27.7%
May – 25.4%
June – 27.2%
July – 27.4%
August – 26.3%
I like seeing this, I think there might be an uptick in these numbers once he’s called up, but maybe not, everything I’ve seen so far indicates that he will sit at this rate rather consistently, and I’m okay with that if he’s hitting 40 home runs a year. I don’t think Bryant will be called up this year, but early 2015 definitely makes sense, and will set the stage for the Cubs to be relevant again.