KRIS BRYANT3B/OF, Chicago Cubs
For the first time in his young career, Chicago Cubs standout Kris Bryant battled true adversity. Despite this, he still found a way to help the North Siders.
When people look back at Kris Bryant and his 2018 performance for the Chicago Cubs, a few words will come to mind. Powerless. Injury-marred. Frustrating. The third baseman struggled to find a rhythm after suffering injuries early in the year and his final numbers show this.
The lasting image burned into fans’ minds? Likely watching Bryant get low-90s fastballs pumped past him in the National League Wild Card game loss to the Colorado Rockies. He clearly wasn’t the guy who turned around such pitches in recent years – despite what he or the team said about his status at that point.
Nobody needs to worry about Kris Bryant, though. Despite finishing with the worst statistical season of his career, he still found a way to produce at a respectable rate, posting a 2.3 WAR in the process. His season should not be considered a failure, despite the challenges.