With the Arizona Fall League championship still on the line in the title game between Mesa and Surprise this afternoon, ESPN ScoreCenter has announced that Cubs third base prospect Kris Bryant has been awarded the AFL MVP. The second overall pick in this past June’s draft continues to collect the accolades. The power hitting hot corner kid also already had a Fall Stars Game selection to his name.
Bryant has hit the ground running in his short time in the Cubs organization. With just 36 minor league games and this current Fall League session under his belt, the University of San Diego product already has scouts and baseball people touting him as one of the top prospects in all of baseball, not just within the Cubs farm system. Some have even gone as far as to project a summer 2014 debut for the 21 year old.
Nov 2, 2013; Surprise, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant against the West during the Fall Stars Game at Surprise Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
So what kind of numbers did Bryant post on his way to collecting the MVP designation? To begin with, the prospect was in the top five in batting average with a healthy .364 clip. He paired that with a 1.184 OPS, a healthy number for a power hitter that also led the AFL in this category. The rest of the numbers include six homers (1st), 17 RBI, and 22 R (1st). There is some concern with the 23 strikeouts (tied 10th), as that continues a trend seen in his early career in the minors. However he did couple that with 14 walks.
Stepping away from the stat sheet, Bryant has been one of the reasons why the Mesa Solar Sox are participating in the AFL championship game this afternoon. The prospect is certainly building the foundation to launch him into the Majors and Cubs fans will look forward to seeing the big bat lead the Major League club to a championship game in the near future.