Chicago Cubs Star Kris Bryant Reflects On His First Year In The Big Leagues

Luke Norris

Kris Bryant has been in Major League Baseball for exactly one year now -- and what a year it's been.

Drafted by the Chicago Cubs with the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Bryant made his major league debut on April 17, 2015, and things didn't go so well. Kris went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the San Diego Padres. Exactly one year later, ahead of the Cubs' afternoon game with the Colorado Rockies, Bryant received his MLB Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie. The trophy should look good next to the National League Rookie of the Year trophy Bryant won last fall.

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Instead of dwelling on the issue, Bryant just went out and played baseball. He won the National League Rookie of the Month in May after hitting seven home runs with 22 runs batted in, hit his first grand slam in June, and played in his first All-Star Game in July. Bryant told the MLB website that adjusting to life in the majors really wasn't that difficult.

"I don't feel any different than I would have growing up. I'm out there just playing in front of more people on an awesome field."
"I kind of enjoy it, just playing all over the place. Playing Wiffle ball in the street when I was younger, it was all over. So it's a lot of fun for me."

"I guess that's one of the things that come along with it. I never in a million years would have thought that [I'd see my face on billboards]. I'm having a lot of fun with it. I know these guys [are, too].

"They don't give me a hard time. They just show me the selfies with me in it. It's all in good fun."

"They don't give me a hard time. They just show me the selfies with me in it. It's all in good fun."

"I've always been about action, doing it on the field and not worrying about what people are saying about me or anything like that, because I know deep down I want to be better than what everybody is saying about me. I think I wouldn't be here if I didn't have that type of mentality and desire to just continue to learn, be better and become that all-around baseball player.

"I guess that's what continues to push me."

"I guess that's what continues to push me."

[AP Photo/Morry Gash]

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