September 11, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports) By: Tony Samboras
Kris Bryant Wows Them at Wrigley With a Monster Blast
* This article is dedicated to those affected by the event of 9/11/01* Analyzed Sports Remembers
Chicago Cubs rookie 3rd-baseman Kris Bryant came into the 2015 season with the highest of expectations that bordered on ridiculous. With approximately three weeks left in the regular season, those same expectations no longer seem all that out of whack. In fact, the man is currently in position to run away with “Rookie of the Year” honors in the National League.
If anyone needed a reminder of why Bryant has been so revered ever since he came out of high school, they got that not so subtle reminder on September 6th on a warm day at Wrigley Field. With the Cubs trailing the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth, Bryant came to bat with the bases empty.
On the third pitch of the at-bat from Diamondbacks’ starter Rubby De La Rosa, Bryant delivered the sweetest looking uppercut swing a fan, teammate or manager could ever want to see. The result was devastating and potentially made a good case for him to be in your fantasy 50/50 baseball leagues. At the crack of the bat, there wasn’t a soul in the stadium who didn’t know it was going to clear the fences. The only question that remained was “where was it going to land?” No one will ever know for sure how far the “shot heard round Wrigley” would have gone because of one small detail. It smacked into the new electronic scoreboard located at the back of the left field bleachers.
While the monstrous home run was officially recorded at 495 ft., many in attendance claim it would have gone farther than that if not for the obstacle. As it stands, Bryant’s shot currently ranks as the longest in the Majors to date with just a few weeks left to go in the season.
Due to an amazing list of feats that include walk-off home runs and this little homer, the legend of Kris Bryant is already growing leaps and bounds. After hitting 43 home runs in his first full year in the minor leagues as a professional baseball player, the 23-year-old man from Las Vegas, Nevada went into spring training as the consensus top rated baseball prospect in the country.
All Bryant did during his trial run as a major league player was hit 9 home runs in 40 at bats with a .425 average and a 1.175 slugging percentage. This sent long-suffering Cubs fans screaming for him to make the opening day roster while team officials had other ideas.
Due to a little clause in the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the Cubs could gain one extra year of control over Bryant’s professional career if they delayed his call up to the majors by 11 games. For team officials, this was a no-brainer business decision. For Cubs fans, it meant waiting a couple of weeks for their savior, a very painful couple of weeks. However, the Cubs organization stuck by its guns and Bryant got the official call on April 17, 2015.
Due to the presence of Bryant plus first baseman Anthony Rizzo and fellow rookie shortstop Addison Russell, the Cubs are well-positioned to make the playoffs. They currently have the third best record in the National League, but might have to settle for a wild card spot since the teams with the two best records (St. Louis and Pittsburgh) are in the same division.
After a slow start with the bat during the first month of the season, Bryant kicked it into high gear. He is currently batting .267 with 23 home runs, 86 RBIs and 77 runs scored. With a surprising 12 stolen bases and 67 walks to boot, Bryant has proven to be exactly as advertised. In the “season of the rookie,” this young man stands as king.
This article is courtesy of sports writer and analyst Tony Samboras. Tony has been a fan of MLB all his life and is excited to see what the future holds for players like Kris Bryant. Tony writes for many online publications and is a primary contributor for http://www.simplythebetsus.com/.
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