Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant was named the unanimous National League Rookie of the Year Monday after hitting .275 with 26 homers,, 31 doubles and 99 RBI in his first season in the majors.
The former University of San Diego star helped the Cubs make the playoffs for the first time since 2008 as Joe Maddon’s club advanced to the NLCS before bowing out to the New York Mets.
“So many people are truly deserving of this award and it's definitely an honor for me to win it,” said Bryant.
“I've gotta thank my coaches and all my teammates and the fans and my family and my girlfriend. Everyone that's been a huge support system for me for this whole season. It's just been an incredible year for me."
As expected, the American League Rookie of the Year Award went to Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa.
Get used to seeing both young stars and their teams in the playoffs the next few seasons.
Expectations will be higher this coming spring after both squads broke into the playoffs and made the League Championship Series this past October.