There wasn’t much that the former University of San Diego All-American didn’t accomplish in 2016. The 24-year-old third baseman was named the National League Most Valuable Player one year after being selected the Rookie of the Year.
More importantly to Bryant, he led the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years, collecting the final out of the final game.
Bryant’s numbers are mind numbing. He led the National League with 121 runs and was in the top five in home runs with 39 and slugging percentage at .554. He was sixth in RBI with 102. Overall he had 35 doubles and drew 75 walks, with a .385 on-base percentage and a .939 OPS.
He batted .308 in the postseason with three homers, five doubles and eight RBI.
During his All-Star season, Bryant committed just 13 errors playing every position but pitcher, catcher and second base. So much for the sophomore jinx.
None of those numbers were particularly surprising after the Las Vegas native bashed 31 home runs his junior season for the Toreros and returned for his senior year to be the College Player of the Year and the second overall pick in the major league draft.