Kris Bryant leading the charge for Cubs
The Chicago Cubs drew plenty of fire early-on this season when they held Kris Bryant back to halt his service clock in April, but all has been forgiven by agent Scott Boras and the Bryant camp.
And for good reason.
After going homer-less in his first 20 ballgames, the reigning MiLB Player of the Year has clubbed five homers in the month of May and boasts a .273/.391/.445 line heading into action on Memorial Day.
Bryant is tied with first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the team lead in runs batted in with 29, despite appearing in eight fewer games. His .391 OBP is what has been particularly impressive so far in his young career, as he’s shown the ability and willingness to adapt at the plate. However, his high strikeout total is once-again a concern, as he’s near the top 10 in the league in that category.
The young slugger, who blasted 43 home runs last season with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs, has posted a 1.5 oWAR through his first 30 or so games. He’s changed the atmosphere and make-up of the organization in that month and with the Cubs locked in the hunt for a postseason berth, don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
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