Chicago Cubs: Most Valuable Player
For as much fun as his rookie year turned out, nothing can compete with Bryant’s 2016 MVP season. Even the World Series championship, which will be discussed soon enough. Bryant followed his impressive first year, finishing with a .292/.385/.554 line, 39 home runs and 102 RBI.
Bryant finished with 155 games played, as he stayed remarkably healthy. He registered 699 plate appearances, posting a crazy .396 wOBA and 148 wRC+. Overall, Bryant’s production led to a 7.9 WAR.
As expected, Bryant easily dominated the field for the major award. Daniel Murphy finished second overall, gaining a single vote. The other twenty-nine? Of course, Bryant. The other half of ‘Bryzzo’ Anthony Rizzo, finished fourth overall in the voting. Bryant finished behind just Mike Trout and Mookie Betts, as the third-best overall player. A bright future was only gaining steam.