Category:National League Most Valuable Player Award winners
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1. Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award – The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award is an annual Major League Baseball award, given to one outstanding player in the American League and one in the National League. Since 1931, it has been awarded by the Baseball Writers Association of America, MVP voting takes place before the postseason, but the results are not announced until after the World Series. The BBWAA began by polling three writers in each city in 1938, reducing that number to two per league city in 1961. The BBWAA does not offer a definition of what most valuable means. First basemen, with 34 winners, have won the most MVPs among infielders, followed by second basemen, third basemen, of the 24 pitchers who have won the award,15 are right-handed while 9 are left-handed. Walter Johnson, Carl Hubbell, and Hal Newhouser are the pitchers who have won multiple times. Barry Bonds has won the most often and the most consecutively, jimmie Foxx was the first player to win multiple times,9 players have won three times, and 19 have won twice. Frank Robinson is the player to win the award in both the American and National Leagues. The awards only tie occurred in the National League in 1979, there have been 18 unanimous winners, who received all the first-place votes. The New York Yankees have the most winning players with 22, the award has never been presented to a member of the following four teams, Arizona Diamondbacks, Miami Marlins, New York Mets, and Tampa Bay Rays. The most recent recipients are Mike Trout in the American League, in recent decades, pitchers have rarely won the award. When Justin Verlander won the AL award in 2011, he became the first pitcher in league to be named the MVP since Dennis Eckersley in 1992. Verlander also became the first starting pitcher to win this award since Roger Clemens had accomplished the feat in 1986. The National League went even longer without an MVP award to a pitcher—after Bob Gibson won in 1968, the 1910 race for best average in the American League was between the Detroit Tigers widely disliked Ty Cobb and Nap Lajoie of the Cleveland Indians. On the last day of the season, Lajoie overtook Cobbs batting average with seven bunt hits against the St. Louis Browns, American League President Ban Johnson said a recalculation showed that Cobb had won the race anyway, and Chalmers ended up awarding cars to both players. The following season, Chalmers created the Chalmers Award, a committee of baseball writers were to convene after the season to determine the most important and useful player to the club and to the league. Since the award was not as effective at advertising as Chalmers had hoped, in 1922 the American League created a new award to honor the baseball player who is of the greatest all-around service to his club. Winners, voted on by a committee of eight baseball writers chaired by James Crusinberry, received a bronze medal, voters were required to select one player from each team and player-coaches and prior award winners were ineligible
2. National League – Both leagues currently have 15 teams. The two league champions of 1903 arranged to compete against each other in the inaugural World Series, after the 1904 champions failed to reach a similar agreement, the two leagues formalized the World Series as an arrangement between the leagues. National League teams have won 48 of the 112 World Series contested from 1903 to 2016, the 2016 National League champions are the Chicago Cubs. By 1875, the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was dangerously weak, additionally, Hulbert had a problem—five of his star players were threatened with expulsion from the NAPBBP because Hulbert had signed them to his club using what were considered questionable means. Hulbert had a vested interest in creating his own league. After recruiting St. Louis privately, four western clubs met in Louisville, Kentucky, Boston Red Stockings, the dominant team in the N. A. Hartford Dark Blues from the N. A. Mutual of New York from the N. A. St. Louis Brown Stockings from the N. A, the only strong club from 1875 excluded in 1876 was a second one in Philadelphia, often called the White Stockings or Phillies. The first game in National League history was played on April 22,1876, at Philadelphias Jefferson Street Grounds, 25th & Jefferson, the new leagues authority was tested after the first season. The National League operated with six clubs during 1877 and 1878, over the next several years, various teams joined and left the struggling league. By 1880, six of the eight members had folded. The two remaining original NL franchises, Boston and Chicago, remain in operation today as the Atlanta Braves, in 1883 the New York Gothams and Philadelphia Phillies began National League play. Both teams remain in the NL today, the Phillies in their original city, the NL encountered its first strong rival organization when the American Association began play in 1882. The A. A. played in cities where the NL did not have teams, offered Sunday games and alcoholic beverages in locales where permitted, the National League and the American Association participated in a version of the World Series seven times during their ten-year coexistence. These contests were less organized than the modern Series, lasting as few as three games and as many as fifteen, with two Series ending in disputed ties, the NL won four times and the A. A. only once, in 1886. Starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1887, the National League began to raid the American Association for franchises to replace NL teams that folded and this undercut the stability of the A. A. Other new leagues that rose to compete with the National League were the Union Association, the Union Association was established in 1884 and folded after playing only one season, its league champion St. Louis Maroons joining the NL. The NL suffered many defections of star players to the Players League, the Brooklyn, Chicago, Pittsburgh, and New York franchises of the NL absorbed their Players League counterparts. The labor strife of 1890 hastened the downfall of the American Association, after the 1891 season, the A. A. disbanded and merged with the NL, which became known legally for the next decade as the National League and American Association
3. Hank Aaron – Henry Louis Hank Aaron, nicknamed Hammer, or Hammerin Hank, is a retired American Major League Baseball right fielder who is currently the senior vice president of the Atlanta Braves. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League and 2 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League, Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, in 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its 100 Greatest Baseball Players list. Aaron was born and raised in and around Mobile, Alabama, Aaron had seven siblings, including Tommie Aaron, who later played in MLB with him. Aaron appeared briefly in the Negro American League and in minor league baseball before starting his major league career and he played late in Negro league history, by his final MLB season, Aaron was the last Negro league baseball player on a major league roster. Aaron played the vast majority of his MLB games in right field, in his last two seasons, he was primarily a designated hitter. Aaron was an NL All-Star for 20 seasons and an AL All-Star for 1 season, Aaron holds the record for the most seasons as an All-Star, the most All-Star Game selections, and is tied with Willie Mays and Stan Musial for the most All-Star Games played. He was a Gold Glove winner for three seasons, in 1957, he was the NL Most Valuable Player when the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series. He won the NL Player of the Month award in May 1958, Aaron holds the MLB records for the most career runs batted in, extra base hits, and total bases. Aaron is also in the top five for career hits and runs and he is one of only four players to have at least seventeen seasons with 150 or more hits. Aaron is in place in home runs and at-bats. At the time of his retirement, Aaron held most of the games key career power hitting records, since his retirement, Aaron has held front office roles with the Atlanta Braves. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1982, in 1999, MLB introduced the Hank Aaron Award to recognize the top offensive players in each league. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002 and he was named a 2010 Georgia Trustee by the Georgia Historical Society in recognition of accomplishments that reflect the ideals of Georgias founders. Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, to Herbert Aaron, Sr. Tommie Aaron, one of his brothers, also went on to play Major League Baseball. By the time Aaron retired, he and his brother held the record for most career home runs by a pair of siblings and they were also the first siblings to appear in a League Championship Series as teammates. While he was born in a section of Mobile referred to as Down the Bay, Aaron grew up in a poor family. His family could not afford baseball equipment, so he practiced by hitting bottle caps with sticks and he would create his own bats and balls out of materials he found on the streets
4. Jeff Bagwell – Jeffrey Robert Bagwell is an American former professional first baseman and coach who spent his entire 15-year Major League Baseball playing career with the Houston Astros. Originally a Boston Red Sox fourth-round selection from the University of Hartford as a third baseman in the 1989 amateur draft, he was then traded to the Astros in 1990. The National League Rookie of the Year in 1991, Bagwell then won the NL Most Valuable Player in 1994, was a four-time MLB All-Star, three-time Silver Slugger winner and they qualified for the playoffs six times, culminating in Bagwells lone World Series appearance in 2005. He was elected to the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, Bagwell was part of the trade that sent relief pitcher Larry Andersen to the Red Sox, now regarded as one of the most lopsided trades in sports history. Andersen pitched just 22 innings for Boston while Bagwell hit 449 home runs for the Astros and he excelled at every major aspect of the game, including hitting, on-base ability, running, defense, and throwing. One of the most consistent players of his generation, in each of his first 11 seasons and his 1994 season was perhaps his finest. In 1999, he finished second in the MVP voting, producing his second career 30–30 season. He is just one of 12 players in history to hit 400 home runs and record an on-base percentage of.400, overall, Bagwell batted over.300 six times, had a career OBP of.408 and a slugging percentage of.540. He is the only first baseman to achieve the 30–30 club more than once and his 79.6 career WAR per Baseball-Reference. com ranks sixth all-time among first basemen. Since his playing career ended, Bagwell has served in sporadic instructor assignments with the Astros, born in Boston, Massachusetts, as the only son of Janice and Robert Bagwell, Jeff Bagwell and his family moved to Killingworth, Connecticut, when he was one year old. Much of Bagwells family is from the Greater Boston area, including both his parents, and are fans of the Boston Red Sox. His favorite player, Carl Yastrzemski, was a left fielder for the Red Sox. Robert, from Watertown, pitched college baseball at Northwestern University, Janice, a police officer, grew up in Newton and played softball in local Boston leagues until her 20s. Bagwells parents divorced when he was 11, precocious and demonstrating much athletic ability early in life, he played a wide variety of sports as a youth. Recalled Janice, Jeff could throw a ball before he could walk, when he was six months old, we’d throw a ball to him and he would throw it back. Bagwell graduated from Xavier High School, a private all-male Catholic school located in Middletown, a versatile athlete, he excelled at soccer, setting the school goal-scoring mark, played shortstop, and lettered in basketball. In early 1989, Bagwell was honored by Xavier for his character and he also excelled in American Legion Baseball under coach Fred Tremalgia for Post 75 in Middletown and went on to be named the 2003 American Legion Baseball Graduate of the Year. Bagwell accepted the invitation and Denehy switched him to third base, over three seasons playing for Hartford, he batted.413 in 400 at bats, a school record, and, for a time, a New England collegiate record
5. Ernie Banks – He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1977, and was named to the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999. Banks is regarded by some as one of the greatest players of all time and he began playing professional baseball in 1950 with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro leagues. He served in the U. S. military for two years, played for the Monarchs again, and began his league career in September 1953. The following year, Banks was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up, beginning in 1955, Banks was a National League All-Star for 11 seasons, playing in 13 of the 15 All-Star Games held during those seasons. Banks was the Cubs main attraction in the late 1950s, the National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959, in 1962, Banks became a regular first baseman for the Cubs. In the mid-1960s, Cubs manager Leo Durocher became frustrated with Banks, Durocher said he was unable to remove Banks from the lineup due to the stars popularity among Cubs fans. Between 1967 and 1971, he was a player-coach, in 1969, through a Chicago Sun-Times fan poll, Cubs fans voted him the greatest Cub ever. In 1970, Banks hit his 500th career home run at Wrigley Field and he retired from playing in 1971, was a coach for the Cubs in 1972, and in 1982 was the teams first player to have his uniform number retired. Banks was active in the Chicago community during and after his tenure with the Cubs and he founded a charitable organization, became the first black Ford Motor Company dealer in the United States, and made an unsuccessful bid for a local political office. In 2013, Banks was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contribution to sports, Banks lived in the Los Angeles and Chicago areas. Banks was born in Dallas, Texas, to Eddie and Essie Banks on January 31,1931 and his father, who had worked in construction and was a warehouse loader for a grocery chain, played baseball for black, semi-professional teams in Texas. As a child, Banks was not very interested in baseball, preferring swimming and his father bought him a baseball glove for less than three dollars at a five and dime store and motivated him with nickels and dimes to play catch. His mother encouraged him to one of his grandfathers into a career as a minister. Banks graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1950 and he lettered in basketball, football and track. Banks school did not have a team, he played fastpitch softball for a church team during the summer. He was also a member of the Amarillo Colts, a baseball team. History professor Timothy Gilfoyle wrote that Banks talent for baseball was discovered by Bill Blair, other sources say Banks was noticed by Cool Papa Bell of the Monarchs. In 1951, Banks was drafted into the U. S. Army and he served as a flag bearer in the 45th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion at Fort Bliss, where he played with the Harlem Globetrotters on a part-time basis
6. Johnny Bench – Johnny Lee Bench is an American former professional baseball catcher who played in the Major Leagues for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame. ESPN has called him the greatest catcher in baseball history, Bench played baseball and basketball and was class valedictorian at Binger High School in Binger, Oklahoma. His father told him that the fastest route to becoming a major leaguer was as a catcher and he hit only.163, but impressed many with his defense and strong throwing arm, among them Hall of Famer Ted Williams. Williams signed a baseball for him which predicted that the catcher would be a Hall of Famer for sure. Williams prediction eventually became fact with Johnny Benchs election to the Hall of Fame in 1989, during a spring training game in 1968, Bench was catching the eight-year veteran right-hander Jim Maloney. Once a noted hard thrower, injuries had reduced Maloneys fastballs speed dramatically by this time, however, Maloney insisted on repeatedly shaking off his younger catcher and throwing the fastball instead of the breaking balls Bench called for. An exasperated Bench bluntly told Maloney, Your fastballs not popping, Bench was the Reds catcher on April 30,1969 when Maloney pitched a no hitter against the Houston Astros. He also won the 1968 National League Gold Glove Award for catchers and his 102 assists in 1968 marked the first time in 23 years that a catcher had more than 100 assists in a season. During the 1960s Bench also served in the United States Army Reserve as a member of the 478th Engineer Battalion and this unit included several of his teammates, among them Pete Rose. In the winter of 1970–1971 he was part of Bob Hopes USO Tour of Vietnam, the Reds swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1970 National League Championship Series, but lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series. One of his most dramatic home runs was likely his ninth-inning, lead off, the solo shot tied the game 3–3, in a game the Reds went on to win later in the inning on a wild pitch, 4–3. It was hailed after the game as one of the great clutch home runs of all time, however, the Reds would lose in the World Series to a strong Oakland Athletics team in seven games. In the winter of 1972, Bench had a growth removed from his lung, Bench remained productive, but he never again hit 40 home runs in a season. But the Mets boasted three of the starting pitchers in the NL, future Hall of Famer Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman. In 1974, Bench led the league with 129 RBI and scored 108 runs, becoming only the fourth catcher in major league history with 100 or more runs, the Reds won the second-most games in the majors but lost the West Division to the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 1975, the Reds finally broke through in the post season, Bench contributed 28 home runs and 110 RBI. The Reds swept the Pirates in three games to win the 1975 National League Championship Series, and defeated the Boston Red Sox in a memorable seven-game World Series. Battling ailing shoulders, Bench had one of his least productive years in 1976, however, he recovered in the 1976 National League Championship Series to hit for a.333 batting average against the Philadelphia Phillies
7. Barry Bonds – Barry Lamar Bonds is an American former professional baseball left fielder who played 22 seasons in Major League Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants. Bonds received seven NL MVP awards and 14 All-Star selections, and is considered to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time, Bonds was regarded as an exceptional hitter, and finished his regular season career with a very high on-base percentage and isolated power. He holds many MLB hitting records, including most career runs, most home runs in a single season. He also received eight Gold Gloves for his defense in the outfield and he is ranked second in career Wins Above Replacement among all major league position players by both Fangraphs and Baseball-Reference. com, behind only Babe Ruth. Bonds led a career, notably as a central figure in baseballs steroids scandal. In 2007, he was indicted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice for lying to the grand jury during the federal governments investigation of BALCO. The perjury charges against Bonds were dropped, and he was initially convicted of obstruction of justice. Bonds has not been elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first four years of eligibility, in the 2016 season, Bonds served as the hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. He played on the varsity team during his freshman year. He batted for a.467 batting average his senior year, Bonds attended Arizona State University, hitting.347 with 45 home runs and 175 runs batted in. In 1984 he batted.360 and had 30 stolen bases, in 1985, he hit 23 home runs with 66 RBIs and a.368 batting average. He was a Sporting News All-American selection that year and he tied the NCAA record with seven consecutive hits in the College World Series as sophomore and was named to All-Time College World Series Team in 1996. He graduated from Arizona State in 1986 with a degree in criminology and he was named ASU On Deck Circle Most Valuable Player, other winners include Dustin Pedroia, Willie Bloomquist, Paul Lo Duca, and Ike Davis. During college, he played part of one summer in the amateur Alaska Baseball League with the Alaska Goldpanners, the Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Bonds as the sixth overall pick of the 1985 Major League Baseball draft. He joined the Prince William Pirates of the Carolina League and was named July 1985 Player of the Month for the league, in 1986, he hit.311 in 44 games for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. Before Bonds made it to the leagues in Pittsburgh, Pirate fan attendance was low. Bonds made his league debut on May 30,1986. In 1986, Bonds led National League rookies with 16 home runs,48 RBI,36 stolen bases and 65 walks and he played center field in 1986, but switched to left field with the arrival of centerfielder Andy Van Slyke in 1987
8. Ken Boyer – Boyer was an All-Star for seven seasons, a National League Most Valuable Player, and a Gold Glove winner five seasons. He was named the NL MVP in 1964 after batting.295 with 185 hits and leading the NL with 119 runs batted in and he hit over.300 for five seasons and hit over 20 home runs for eight seasons. When Boyer hit 255 home runs, he was second to Stan Musial with Cardinal career home runs, Boyer also led the NL in double plays five-times and in fielding average once, and he retired among the all-time leaders in games, assists and double plays at third base. After seeing him hit so well, the Cardinals shifted him to third base, and he batted.306 for the Omaha Cardinals of the Western League in 1951. After serving in the U. S. Army from 1951 to 1953 and he joined the Cardinals after they traded Ray Jablonski following the 1954 season.264 with 62 RBI his rookie season. That year he became the Cardinals regular cleanup hitter, a role he would hold regularly for the remainder of his time with the club. His 41 double plays in 1958 equalled the second-highest total in NL history to that point, in 1960–61 Boyer led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs, runs, RBI and total bases, and finished 6th and 7th in the MVP voting. He led the league with 37 double plays in 1960, and he was also named the NLs Player of the Month for September 1960 after batting.385. He finished the season with 98 RBI, equaling his career best to that point, on June 7,1963, Boyer became the second Cardinal to hit 200 career homers, connecting off Al Jackson in the 4th inning of a 3–2 road loss to the New York Mets. He was again named to the NL All-Star starting lineup, increased his RBI season total to 111 that year, and won his fifth Gold Glove award. Boyer had his best season in 1964, keeping the Cardinals alive for much of the season as he batted.350 in May and.342 in July, and starting for the NL in his last All-Star appearance. His brother Clete, playing in his fifth consecutive Series with the Yankees, then, in the decisive Game 7, he collected three hits, and scored three runs as St. Louis clinched the World Championship 7–5, their first title since 1946. Clete also homered in that game, the time in World Series history that brothers have homered in the same game. Boyer earned National League MVP honors after hitting and it was also his seventh consecutive season of 90 or more RBI, tying Pie Traynors major league record for third basemen. In October 1965, Boyer was traded to the New York Mets for Al Jackson, with the downtrodden Mets, he was stuck on a losing team but managed to achieve several more career milestones. On May 13,1966, he scored his 1, 000th run in a 5–4 17-inning loss to the Giants, on July 27,1967, with Boyer batting. Boyer hit.261 over the rest of the season, but the White Sox released him on May 2,1968 after he batted only.125 in 10 games. Boyer signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 10,1968, he hit.271 in his return to the NL, boyers 12 career walk-off hits for the Cardinals remain a record for any player since 1950, equaled only by Lou Brock and Albert Pujols
9. Ryan Braun – Ryan Joseph Braun is an American baseball left fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball. While currently the starting left fielder for the Brewers, Braun has also played right field during his career and was also a third baseman during his rookie season. Braun was a two-time All-American at the University of Miami, where he was named National Freshman of the Year by Baseball America in 2003, the Brewers drafted him in the first round in the 2005 MLB draft. He was the teams Minor League Player of the Year in 2006, Braun is considered a five-tool player for his ability to hit for power and average, his baserunning speed, and his excellent fielding and arm strength. He was ranked number seven by the Sporting News in its 2012 list of the 50 greatest current players in baseball. He was awarded the National Leagues Rookie of the Year in 2007, has won five Silver Slugger awards and he was named to five straight All-Star games, and then a team-high sixth game in 2015. Braun has led the NL three times in slugging percentage, three times in hits, and once each in hits, home runs, and runs. On defense, he led all major league outfielders in fielding percentage in 2008, led NL left fielders in fielding percentage twice and his 128 home runs through 2010 were the 8th-most by any major leaguer ever through their first four seasons. Through 2015, he was sixth among all active ballplayers in career slugging percentage, after MLBs investigation following the Biogenesis scandal, on July 22,2013, Braun was suspended without pay for the remainder of the 2013 season and playoffs for violating the leagues drug policy. Ryan Braun was born on November 17,1983 to Joe and he and his younger brother Steve were raised in Los Angeles. Ryan began playing tee-ball around the age of four, on a team coached by his father, PONY League teammates included Jack and Matt Cassel, Jason and Jarron Collins, as well as Jon Garland. Braun later picked up basketball, which became his favorite sport, by the time he entered high school, Braun chose to focus solely on baseball. Braun attended Granada Hills High School in Granada Hills, Los Angeles and he was a four-year letterman on the schools baseball team, and three-year team captain and Most Valuable Player. He played shortstop, and pitched through his junior year, as a sophomore in 2000, he recorded the highest batting average of his prep career, while posting a.654 on-base percentage. During his junior year, he hit.421, with a.668 OBP, Braun capped off his high school career by batting.451 as a senior, with an OBP of.675, and breaking the school record for career home runs with 25. He was a two-time all-area selection by the Los Angeles Times, as a senior, Braun was rated the sixth-best shortstop prospect in the country by Team One Baseball, and among the top 100 overall prospects by Baseball America. He graduated in 2002, but went undrafted as he told teams that he intended to attend college, Braun excelled academically as well—his worst grade was one B, in Advanced Placement Chemistry. He chose Miami for its academics, its athletics, and its scene, noting
10. Kris Bryant – Kristopher Lee Kris Bryant is an American professional baseball third baseman and outfielder for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball. Bryant attended the University of San Diego, where he played baseball for the Toreros. The Cubs selected him number-two overall in the 2013 MLB draft, Bryant made his major league debut in 2015 and won the National League Rookie of the Year Award that year. He won a World Series championship with the Cubs in 2016 and was named the National League Most Valuable Player that same year, Bryant attended Bonanza High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Playing for the varsity baseball team all four years, he recorded a.418 batting average. He also played American Legion Baseball and he was named to the 2010 USA Today All-USA baseball first-team. The Toronto Blue Jays selected Bryant in the 18th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft and he did not sign, and enrolled at the University of San Diego, to play college baseball for the San Diego Toreros baseball team. As a freshman at the University of San Diego in 2011, Bryant had a.365 batting average, a.482 on-base percentage, and a.599 SLG, with nine home runs. He was named a freshman All-American and the West Coast Conference Co-Freshman of the Year and Co-Player of the Year, as a sophomore in 2012, he was named a first-team All-American by Baseball America. That summer, Bryant was selected by USA Baseball to play for the United States collegiate national team, in the 2013 season as a junior, Bryant hit 31 home runs to lead the nation. Bryant had the most home runs hit by a player since the NCAA switched to a BBCOR composite bat in 2011. It broke the record of 30 set by Victor Roache in 2011. Bryant won the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy and he was also named a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American and the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. Bryant was considered to be one of the best available players in the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft, and was scouted by the Houston Astros, after the Astros selected Mark Appel with the first overall selection, the Chicago Cubs chose Bryant with the second overall selection. Many baseball executives and scouts agree that Bryant was the safest pick in the draft and he was also rated as the best hitter in the draft because of his easy power from foul pole to foul pole and ability to make contact on inside fastballs as well as down-and-away curveballs. Bryant agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus with the Cubs two days prior to the signing deadline, Bryant began his professional career with the Boise Hawks of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League batting.354 with 4 home runs. He was promoted to the Daytona Cubs of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League on August 12 and he hit.333 with five home runs for Daytona, and helped them win the Class A-Advanced championship. After the season, he played in Arizona Fall League and he was named co-player of the week, along with Mitch Haniger, in the first week of the fall league season