In 2012 season, Detroit Tigers infielder Miguel Cabrera had an outstanding year in which he won the Triple Crown, an award for leading either the American or the National league in home runs, RBI, and batting average.
It was the first time anyone had won the award since Boston’s own Carl Yastrzemski accomplished the feat in 1967.
The award is obviously rare and takes a special kind of player to win it. With that said, I can’t help but wonder, can Chicago Cubs’ prospect Kris Bryant ever make a push for the Triple Crown?
Bryant, 23, hit .325, 43 home runs and 110 RBI in split time at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa in 2014. While those numbers came at the minor league level, they are undoubtingly a sign of things to come in his big league career, barring any (knock on wood) major injury.
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At 6’5, 215 pounds, Bryant’s impressive frame allows him to generate extraordinary power that should make him a consistent slugger in the league.
Once he has the opportunity to put it all together and truly figure out major league pitching, it shouldn’t be too long before he is one of top home run hitters in all of baseball. Therefore, leading the league in long balls looks to be a very feasible task for Bryant someday.
It’s no secret that Bryant has a tremendous amount of expectations to meet, and that’s because he skill set doesn’t stop there. In addition to his power, the young prospect has the ability to hit for average and drive in runs at a high rate.
It’d be unrealistic to think that such a young and somewhat raw talent would be able to obtain such a lofty goal in just his first season. It would even be a stretch to expect for him to do it at any point in his career, considering the rarity of the accomplishment.
However, Bryant definitely fits the mold of a superstar and, in my opinion, has the best chance of winning the award out of any of the young stars on the Cubs.
If he can take his talent and ability to the next level once he reaches the majors, he’ll have an outstanding career. And while this shouldn’t be expected, don’t be surprised if Bryant ever manages to bring the Triple Crown to Chicago.