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August 5, 2020 11:36 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Delivers two hits Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the Royals.

While Bryant is still batting just .194 this season, he's gotten going a bit lately, as the former MVP has multi-hit performances in two of his last three games. Bryant's track record suggests that his average will continue to climb, and Chicago manager David Ross seems committed to keeping the 28-year-old in the leadoff spot, where he should be able to score plenty of runs like he did Wednesday.

August 3, 2020 11:44 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Hits first home run in return
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (illness) went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and a solo home run in Monday's 2-0 win over the Royals.

Bryant missed the last two games as a precaution while he dealt with gastrointestinal issues, but he jumped right back into action with his first 2020 home run. The 28-year-old is still batting just .179 with a .660 OPS this season, so maybe this performance will get him going.

August 3, 2020 03:48 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Returns to lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (illness) is in the lineup Monday against the Royals, leading off.

Bryant was out of the lineup for the past two games as a precaution while he dealt with gastrointestinal issues, but he'll play left field in the series opener against the Royals. With Bryant in left field, Kyle Schwarber will shift to the designated hitter role while Victor Caratini takes a seat.

August 2, 2020 05:24 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Out again Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (illness) is out of the lineup Sunday versus the Pirates.

The 28-year-old was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with gastrointestinal issues, and it appears he'll be sidelined for the second straight contest. Bryant continues to test negative for COVID-19, and he'll receive another test Monday morning as part of the MLB-mandated protocol, per Jesse Rogers of David Bote will bat leadoff and start at the hot corner in his place Sunday.

August 1, 2020 08:32 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Out with gastrointestinal issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant was removed from Saturday's starting lineup against the Pirates due to gastrointestinal issues, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Bryant was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup, but he's apparently not dealing with a physical injury. It's unclear if the ailment will impact his availability for Sunday's series finale, though it seems unlikely to be a long-term concern.

August 1, 2020 08:24 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Late scratch Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Pirates for undisclosed reasons, Russell Dorsey of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to bat leadoff and start at third base, but the lineup change was announced shortly before first pitch. No reason was given for his removal, though Bryant was dealing with a minor elbow issue earlier in the week. David Bote will take over at the hot corner for the Cubs.

July 29, 2020 11:24 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Drives in two
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant went 1-for-5 with a double and two RBI on Wednesday against the Reds.

Bryant returned to the lineup after a one game absence due to a bruised elbow. Like the rest of the Cubs' lineup, he was stymied by Sonny Gray, but did manage to connect for a two-RBI double against Brooks Raley in the seventh inning. Those were his first runs driven in through 24 plate appearances this season, and he's reached base only three times to this point.

July 30, 2020 11:20 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (elbow) will lead off and play third base Wednesday against the Reds.

Bryant sat out Tuesday's game due to a bruised left elbow, though his absence was considered precautionary. He's back after missing just a single game and will be looking to turn around a poor start which has seen him go 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts to open the campaign.

July 28, 2020 05:24 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Dealing with minor elbow issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant is dealing with a minor left elbow bruise that is keeping him out of Tuesday's lineup, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Manager David Ross revealed the reason for Bryant's absence from Tuesday's lineup, saying that Bryant just needed a day off as a precautionary measure. Ross and Bryant aren't concerned about the issue, and the third baseman isn't scheduled to undergo further testing at this time.

July 28, 2020 04:48 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Not starting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant isn't in the lineup Tuesday against the Reds.

Bryant reached base twice and scored twice in Monday's win against the Reds, but he'll get the day off Tuesday after going 1-for-17 with eight strikeouts to begin the year. David Bote will start at third base Tuesday, batting seventh.

July 24, 2020 12:48 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Cleared for Opening Day
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Cubs manager David Ross declared Bryant (back) "ready to go" for Friday's season opener versus the Brewers, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Bryant was scratched ahead of Wednesday's exhibition finale against the Twins with a stiff back, but his exclusion from the lineup seems to have been mostly precautionary. Per Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago, Ross indicated that Bryant felt good after fielding groundballs Thursday, clearing up any concern about the 2016 NL MVP's availability for Opening Day.

July 22, 2020 04:52 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Scratched with stiff back
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant was scratched from the lineup for Wednesday's exhibition game against the Twins due to back stiffness, Bruce Levine of reports.

Bryant will reportedly be available off the bench, so the issue doesn't seem particularly serious. Manager David Ross said that Bryant would be in the lineup if Wednesday's game were a regular-season contest, so it appears that his availability for Friday's Opening Day game against the Brewers isn't seriously threatened. If his back gets worse over the next few days, David Bote would be the top candidate to fill in at the hot corner.

June 29, 2020 10:12 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Will stick in leadoff spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Chicago manager David Ross said he intends on sticking with Bryant as his leadoff hitter during the abbreviated 2020 season, Gordon Wittenmyer of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Ross tabbed Bryant as his leadoff hitter back in February before play was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now, teams are looking at a condensed 60-game schedule, and MLB is adopting a universal DH, giving National League managers like Ross more options in building their lineups. Despite the added flexibility, Ross said he plans on sticking with Bryant atop the order. The 28-year-old did not bat leadoff at all last season, though he did slash a robust .333/.448/.632 when leading off an inning.

May 23, 2020 11:48 AM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Using technology to stay sharp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant is utilizing technology in his home batting practice sessions to track data such as launch angle, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Bryant purchased a portable camera and radar unit from the technology company Rapsodo in December. The slugger is able to use the device to track launch angle, exit speed, exit direction and distance of ball hit during sessions at his Las Vegas batting cage. Bryant is entering a critical season with the Cubs, whenever it's able to begin. The 28-year-old is set to become a free agent after the 2021 season and was subject to some trade speculation this past offseason. Bryant no doubt wants to hit the ground running when play resumes, and his advanced home workouts could help him do so.

March 13, 2020 08:44 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Feels comfortable as leadoff hitter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant said he feels "really good" as the leadoff hitter heading into the season, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Bryant said he doesn't plan on changing his approach much from last season, when he generally hit second in the order. The 28-year-old slashed .333/.448/.632 when leading off an inning in 2019, so there's some reason for optimism that he could really thrive in the role. Bryant may see his RBI total tick down, but he figures to post a lot of runs and home runs.

February 20, 2020 02:20 AM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Confirmed as leadoff man
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant will be the Cubs' leadoff man this season, manager David Ross confirmed Wednesday, Jesse Rogers of reports.

Bryant typically hit second or third for previous manager Joe Maddon, but Ross evidently likes him leading off. The third baseman has eclipsed 100 runs in three of the last four seasons and is a good bet to do so again if he sticks in the leadoff role all year, as his .385 career on-base percentage means he'll set the table quite well. Expect his RBI total to drop somewhat with the move, however.

February 19, 2020 01:44 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: In mix for leadoff gig
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant could be deployed as the Cubs' leadoff hitter after he told manager David Ross on Wednesday that he's willing to fill the opening atop the lineup, Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Though he's endured a fairly turbulent offseason in which he's been the subject of trade rumors, Bryant reaffirmed his commitment to the Cubs upon reporting to camp this week and informed Ross he was willing to do what's best for the team. To that end, Bryant -- who has most commonly hit second or third the past five seasons -- tossed his name into consideration for leadoff duties. The top of the order was a major trouble spot in 2019 for the Cubs, who ranked last in the majors with a .294 on-base percentage out of the lineup slot. The owner of a career .385 on-base percentage, Bryant would provide an obvious upgrade, though fantasy managers should bear in mind that the leadoff assignment would likely result in him exchanging more RBI for runs. At this stage, Ross hasn't formally committed to Bryant as the club's leadoff hitter, but expect the 28-year-old to at least get a long look as a table setter during Cactus League play.

February 15, 2020 11:16 AM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Reports to camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant reported to Cubs' camp Saturday and said he had "no hard feelings" toward the team after losing a contract grievance last month, NBC 5 Chicago reports.

In addition to the grievance, in which Bryant argued for an additional year of service time, the star third baseman was also the subject of trade rumors in the offseason. "There's definitely no hard feelings, so let's just put that narrative to bed," Bryant said. "I completely respect this organization and everything they've done for me and for my family." The 28-year-old is saying the right things as he heads into his sixth year in Chicago. Bryant will look to build on the .282/.382/.521 slash line and 31 home runs he hit in 147 games last season.

January 29, 2020 10:20 AM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Loses grievance
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (ankle) lost his grievance against the Cubs in which he sought an additional year of service time, meaning he won't become a free agent until after the 2021 season, Jeff Passan of reports.

The ruling will go through final reviews before being officially announced within the next week, but Bryant will ultimately remain under club control for two more seasons after an arbitrator determined the Cubs didn't violate service-time rules when they summoned the third baseman to the majors April 17, 2015, one day after he would have accrued a full year of service time. With Bryant's free-agency status now established, the Cubs should now yield a greater return in any potential trade if they decide to make the 2016 NL MVP available, given that his contract is no longer set to expire next winter. Bryant will make $18.6 million in 2020 before entering salary arbitration for a final time in 2021.

January 10, 2020 01:08 PM
Cubs' Kris Bryant: Avoids arbitration with Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bryant (ankle) and the Cubs avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $18.6 million deal Friday, Jeff Passan of reports.

Despite the deal, questions remain about Bryant's immediate future with the Cubs. Bryant's service-time grievance, which centers around the Cubs keeping him in the minors to buy an extra year of team control prior to his debut back in 2015, has yet to be settled in court. Depending on the results of that decision, he'll either be a Cub for one more season or two before hitting free agency. The Cubs have also reportedly been taking part in trade talks regarding the slugger, but potential trade partners will likely want to know how many years they'll be getting Bryant for before making an offer.

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Las Vegas, NV
Chicago Cubs

MLB Experience:

2013: Golden Spike
2014: Minor League Player of the Year
2015: NL Rookie of the Year
2016: NL Most Valuable Player;NL Hank Aaron Award