11/16 Bryant named AFL’s MVP

Cubs prospect Kris Bryant was named the winner of the Arizona Fall League’s 2013 Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award on Saturday.

Bryant, the second overall selection in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, recorded an impressive six weeks in the AFL. He led the league with six home runs, hit .364 to rank fifth, started at third base for the East Division in the Nov. 2 Fall Stars Game, and notched a 20-game on-base streak that equalled the league lead.

In addition to home runs, Bryant also led the AFL in slugging percentage (.727), extra-base hits (15-tie), runs scored (22-tie) and total bases (56-tie). He ranked second in doubles (8), fourth in on-base percentage.

On Oct. 18, Bryant totaled three hits, including two home runs, and drove in four runs. The Las Vegas native has climbed the ladder quickly in the Cubs system. He batted .336 with nine homers and 32 RBIs in 36 games with the rookie-level Cubs in the Arizona League, short-season Class-A Boise and High-A Daytona.

Joe Black MVP Award

In 2002, the AFL created the Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award, named after the former big league pitcher who was the 1952 National League rookie-of-the-year.

Arizona Fall League Joe Black Most Valuable Player Award Recipients

2013 — Kris Bryant (Cubs), 3B, Mesa Solar Sox
2012 — Chris McGuiness (Rangers), 1B, Surprise Saguaros
2011 — Nolan Arenado (Rockies), 3B, Salt River Rafters
2010 — Dustin Ackley (Mariners), 2B, Peoria Javelinas
2009 — Grant Desme (Athletics), OF, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2008 — Tommy Hanson (Braves), RHP, Mesa Solar Sox
2007 — Sam Fuld (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2006 — Chip Cannon (Blue Jays), 1B, Phoenix Desert Dogs
2005 — Eric Duncan (Yankees), 3B, Grand Canyon Rafters
2004 — Chris Shelton (Tigers), DH, Grand Canyon Rafters
2003 — Jason Dubois (Cubs), OF, Mesa Solar Sox
2002 — Ken Harvey (Royals), 1B, Scottsdale Scorpions


Bryant deserves much praise for the giant strides he has made in the short time he has been a pro. Keep in mind he was still playing at the college level in June of this year.

There was a little over 3 K people at the game, Bryant came out to accept the award and had to speak. You could tell he was nervous, but did a very fine job. He did mention there were other deserving candidates, specifically mentioning his Fall team mate J C Cron.
Almora, you could detect a slight limp where he hurt his leg. Injuries keep popping up for this young man. The team needed him, hopefully the injury bugs are over and he can play a full season.
In a stadium with only 3K people, mostly older and quiet, you can hear a lot on the field. Soler has learned some English as he was going for a fly ball you could hear him yell; GOT IT, GOT IT, GOT IT.

Thanks for the update, Jasper. You are fortunate to be able to attend the contest. Those players deserved a larger audience.

jhosk, you are correct. Tickets were $7 for an adult, $6 for Seniors. not much at all for a game like this.
Probably see more people next year, a lot of Cub fans. Some very knowledgeable Cub fans, it was great talking to a few guys that really were up to date as well as knew their history.
Talked to one older guy, his 1st game was 1945, the last year the Cubs were in the WS.

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