American professional baseball player, Kris Bryant was one of the key players that helped the Chicago Cubs bring an end to the Curse of The Billy Goat when they won the World Series in 2016 for the first time in over a century. It was his sophomore season and in addition to winning the trophy, he was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player. Bryant was selected as the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft. Follow us as we take you through the life and career of the third baseman/outfielder.
Kris Bryant Bio, Age
Kristopher Lee Bryant was born on January 4, 1992, in Las Vegas, Nevada into an athletic family. His father, Mike played in the Minor League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox. Following in the footsteps of his dad, Bryant became interested in baseball from a very young age and his father gave him his full support.
As a matter of fact, Bryant’s father had to sell off his patio furniture store and picked up a less demanding job just so he could coach Bryant. As a boy, Byrant played baseball with fellow Las Vegas inhabitants and future fellow MLB stars Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo.
Kris Bryant impressed so much in high school that the Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the 18th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. However, Bryant refused to sign, choosing instead to attend college where he played for the San Diego Toreros baseball team of the University of San Diego. In college, Bryant broke many records and won many accolades, thus, he was considered as one of the best available players entering the 2013 MLB draft.
He was selected by the Chicago Cubs and would spend the next year honing his skills in the minor league before being called up to the majors in April 2015. Bryant had an amazing rookie year and was named the National League’s (NL) Rookie of the Year as well as an MLB All-Star.
Kris Bryant went on to rack up the awards and achievements but by far the most outstanding is his World Series 2016 victory.
Kris Bryant has become reputable for his amazing stats, something that began from his days in college when he won the coveted Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Awards in 2013. As of June 2018, Bryants professional MLB stats include:
Batting average: .228
Home runs: 102
Runs batted in: 303
Stolen bases: 30
Salary, Net Worth
After being picked by the Cubs in the 2013 draft, Bryan received a $6.7 million signing bonus. In his rookie season, he earned $471,448 and after an outstanding rookie season, Bryant received a 33% salary raise to $652,000.
Before the end of the 2017 season, Bryant and the Cubs agreed to a one year $1.05 million deal which would become the highest salary for a pre-arbitration player breaking the record previously held by the Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout who in 2014 received $1 million.
Kris Bryant broke a salary record again in 2018 for a first-year arbitration-eligible player when he agreed to receive a salary of $10.85 million from the Cubs. It broke a 10-year record previously held by Ryan Howard who in 2008 agreed to receive a $10 million salary from the Philadelphia Phillies. As of 2018, Kris Bryant has earned about $20 million in MLB salary alone.
Like every other star athlete, Bryant bolsters his income with endorsement deals. He has once worked as a brand ambassador for EXPRESS. Kris Byrant is estimated to have a net worth of $8 million, a figure that is sure to rise should he continue to break age-long salary records.
Wife, Fiance, Girlfriend
Many sports stars of the world are known to hop from one genetically blessed woman to the other, however, Kris Bryant is among the few that have managed to stick to one woman for donkey years.
Right in his first season in the MLB, Bryant made sure to ward off the ladies after stating in his first ever MLB press conference that he had a girl in his life. That girl would later be revealed to be a certain Jessica Delp and they go way back as far as their high school years.
Both Las Vegas natives, they met while attending Bonanza High School and began dating when they were 15 years old. Like himself, Bryant’s wife is also a sports lover who played both softball and basketball at Bonanza. They graduated together in 2010. Though their choice of the college to attend meant they’d be apart from each other for a while, the couple was fine with doing a long distance relationship.
While Bryant attended the University of San Diego, Delp remained in Las Vegas where she studied psychology at the University of Las Vegas. After graduating in 2014, she joined Bryant in Chicago.
In December 2015, about 8 years into their relationship, Bryant popped the question to Delpon January 7, 2017. They got married in Las Vegas.
Since their marriage, Delp like most WAGs of the Cubs stars has become actively involved in charitable causes. She was one of the key persons during the Cubs’ 2015 Favorite Things auction. Bryant frequently takes to his Instagram and Twitter accounts to gush about his wife.
Kris Bryant is one of the tallest guys in the MLB. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches tall which is the equivalent of 1.96 m.