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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 BryantBryant 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)
Doubles:   48
Triples:  2
Home Runs:  50
RBI:  137
SB:  16
BB:  89
SO:  180

OBP:  .432
SLG:  .685
OPS:  1.117

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)
Doubles:   34
Triples:  0
Home Runs:  41
RBI:  105
SB:  15
BB:  78
SO:  145

OBP:  .444
SLG:  .684
OPS:  1.128

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

April27.7%
May25.4%
June27.2%
July27.4%
August26.3%

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.

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Kris Bryant Destroys Home Run Number 41 (VIDEO)

What a season for Kris Bryant, we’ll have a post about that shortly, but for now, enjoy his 41st(!!) home run of the season.

That friends, is a bomb.  Bryant just wears out center and right field, it’s a thing of beauty.

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Kris Bryant Promoted to Iowa!

The hype machine is now in full effect as Kris Bryant himself announced on twitter that he is headed to Iowa.  The kid has been crushing it at Double-A, just won the HR derby at the all-star game, and has basically embarrassed every pitcher he has faced.  Time for the next challenge, interested to see how he adjusts to Triple-A pitching.

Bryant Promoted

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