Kris Bryant

Kris Bryant

31-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Colorado Rockies
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Bryant signing in Colorado was supposed to be much more enjoyable for fantasy managers than it was in 2022. Last year's outlook painted some risks with Bryant, new big contract in new location not withstanding, but nobody saw him playing in just 42 games with back and foot troubles costing him most of the season. When he did play, he certainly hit for average and got on base, but the power was disappointing which was to be expected given the back troubles and foot problems that shelved his running game as well. He has lost his dual-eligibility now, so his offensive profile under the light of an outfielder is rather different than it would be if he retained his third base eligibility. That, and the recent injuries should help discount him a bit in drafts if you are still a Bryant-stan, but we are clearly into a different phase of Bryant's fantasy career. Pour one out for his former early round status. Read Past Outlooks
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#127
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$Signed a seven-year, $182 million contract with the Rockies in March of 2022.
Entering spring training healthy
3BColorado Rockies
January 15, 2023
Bryant (foot) said Sunday he'll entering spring training healthy and with no restrictions, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt previously noted in December that Bryant was on track to be healthy for the start of spring training, and it appears the 31-year-old's workouts over the past six weeks have gone well enough for that to come to fruition. The first year of Bryant's seven-year, $182 million deal with the Rockies was a trainwreck, as he played in just 42 games before plantar fasciitis ended his campaign in early August.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+21%
OPS vs LHP
2022
 
 
+29%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+39%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .920 260 40 12 31 3 .298 .385 .535
Since 2020vs Right .762 654 94 22 67 7 .250 .333 .429
2022vs Left .980 72 11 3 7 0 .333 .389 .591
2022vs Right .761 109 17 2 7 0 .287 .367 .394
2021vs Left .910 153 25 9 22 3 .284 .373 .537
2021vs Right .808 433 61 16 51 7 .259 .346 .462
2020vs Left .821 35 4 0 2 0 .286 .429 .393
2020vs Right .590 112 16 4 9 0 .184 .250 .340
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+22%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .778 509 69 12 39 5 .267 .363 .415
Since 2020Away .834 400 63 21 57 5 .260 .328 .507
2022Home .761 111 17 0 5 0 .323 .387 .374
2022Away .996 70 11 5 9 0 .279 .357 .639
2021Home .848 307 43 11 32 5 .265 .375 .473
2021Away .820 279 43 14 41 5 .265 .330 .490
2020Home .572 91 9 1 2 0 .200 .297 .275
2020Away .700 51 9 2 7 0 .213 .275 .426
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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 2019 data (min 400 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.
  • BABIP
    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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.63
 
BB Rate
9.4%
 
K Rate
14.9%
 
BABIP
.338
 
ISO
.169
 
AVG
.306
 
OBP
.376
 
SLG
.475
 
OPS
.851
 
wOBA
.372
 
Exit Velocity
85.0 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
34.1%
 
Barrels/PA
5.0%
 
Expected BA
.279
 
Expected SLG
.426
 
Sprint Speed
22.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
40.0%
 
Line Drive %
21.5%
 
Fly Ball %
38.5%
 
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Bryant was slashing .267/.358/.503 at the trade deadline. The Cubs sent him to San Francisco as part of their fire sale, where he hit .262/.344/.444. The drop in power reflected the better pitching venues in the NL West, where he'll remain for the foreseeable future after signing with the Rockies. For his career, Bryant's average exit velocity has been below league norm, but his flyball velocity has been around league average, so he was able to take advantage of the friendly confines of Wrigley Field, especially once the ivy turned green. As a flyball hitter, Bryant should log a below average BABIP, but he's managed to keep an elevated mark with a high line drive rate and could receive some help at Coors Field. It's a batted ball profile that can work, but there's risk the line drives, hence base hits lessen, especially in a pitching venue. He's set to primarily play left field for Colorado and his dual eligibility adds to his allure, but entering his age-30 season, Bryant is a complementary piece as opposed to a foundational cornerstone assumed at the beginning of his career.
Like a lot of people, Bryant would love to forget all about 2020. The third baseman posted a career-worst .644 OPS. For comparison, his next-lowest mark was the .834 OPS he recorded in 2018, and he finished with an OPS north of .900 in three of his first five MLB seasons. Bryant battled a variety of injuries and only played in 34 of the Cubs' 60 games. Injuries have been an issue the past few years. He played in 147 games in 2019 and just 107 in 2018 after playing in at least 150 games each of his first three seasons. Bryant is still a talented player, but he's lost more than a little bit of his luster since that a magical 2016 season when he won NL MVP and the Cubs won the World Series. The organization now has to decide whether to pay Bryant or trade him in his final year of arbitration. If Bryant stays healthy, a bounce-back season could be in order, either with the Cubs or a new team.
In a way, Bryant has become a victim of his own potential. He's not a perennial first rounder, so what? Bryant is a consistently solid fantasy asset with slightly depressed numbers hitting out of the two hole as the added plate appearances don't completely mitigate the lost RBI opportunities. Last season, Bryant rebounded from a disappointing 2018 campaign which was hindered by a lingering shoulder issue. In 2019, Bryant avoided the IL, though he did sit out the last week with an ankle sprain. The result were numbers just a smidgen lower than the previous two campaigns. It will be curious to see if new Cubs skipper David Ross keeps Bryant batting second. His career .385 OBP is worthy, though a .516 SLG plays in a run-producing spot as well. Third base isn't as deep as usual. Securing Bryant early, maybe even at a discount, locks up a reliable performer at the hot corner with added outfield eligibility.
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.
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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On track for spring training
3BColorado Rockies
Foot
December 1, 2022
Rockies GM Bill Schmidt said Thursday the training staff indicated that Bryant (foot) "looks good," and the organization is "optimistic" the slugger will be healthy for the start of spring training, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Officially done for season
3BColorado Rockies
Foot
September 24, 2022
Bryant (foot) confirmed Saturday that he won't be returning this season, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Still no timetable for return
3BColorado Rockies
Foot
September 20, 2022
Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Bryant (foot) is still receiving treatment and participating in activities, but there remains "no timetable" in place for his return, Patrick Lyons of TheDNVR.com reports.
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Takes batting practice
3BColorado Rockies
Foot
September 19, 2022
Bryant (foot) took batting practice ahead of Monday's game against the Giants, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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Taking swings
3BColorado Rockies
Foot
September 13, 2022
Manager Bud Black said Tuesday that Bryant (foot) shed his protective walking boot, is taking swings and "increasing his activity in the weight room," though the slugger remains without an official return timeline, Joey Pollizze of MLB.com reports.
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