The Baseball Writers’ Association of America unanimously voted Kris Bryant the NL Rookie of the Year.
Bryant batted .275 with 26 home runs, 99 runs batted in, and 87 runs. He played as a key ingredient in the Chicago Cubs postseason run.
Third baseman Matt Duffy of the Giants placed second in the balloting followed by Pirate Jung Ho Kang, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour.
The 23-year-old had “can’t miss” stamped on him when Chicago drafted him second two years ago in the draft. Baseball America listed him as its number-one prospect prior to this season. But the Cubs dubbed him not major-league material at season’s start.
Despite a sensational spring training, Bryant found himself in the minors on opening day. The players’ association, and Bryant’s agent Scott Boras, protested the decision to keep him in the minor leagues as a bush-league call that delayed the player’s status as a free agent until after the 2021 season. When the Cubs finally called on Bryant after keeping him out the requisite number of games to keep him in the fold another year, Adidas obliquely blasted the franchise, and praised the player they sponsor, in a billboard across from Wrigley Field that simply said “Worth the Wait.”
Kris Bryant was indeed that for Cubs fans in 2015.