Chet and Marguerite Pagni Family Athletic Hall of Fame
Kris Bryant spent three seasons with the San Diego baseball program, from 2011 to 2013, and produced one of the most distinguished and successful careers of any player in program history.
Bryant became the first San Diego player to win the Golden Spikes Award — given annually to the best amateur baseball player in the country — during his final season in 2013. He was also named the Baseball America National Player of the Year and Dick Houser Award winner that season.
Bryant was a two-time West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year, a three-time first-team All-WCC selection, and helped guide the Toreros to the 2012 and 2013 NCAA Regionals. He also helped lead USD to the WCC Tournament title in 2013.
The Las Vegas native made an immediate impact during his freshman season, earning WCC Freshman of the Year honors as well as WCC Co-Player of the Year recognition.
Bryant left USD as the program’s all-time leader in home runs (54), runs scored (196), slugging percentage (.702) and total bases (440). He also set the program record for single-season home runs with 31 in his junior year, to lead the nation.
In 2013, Bryant was drafted No. 2 overall by the Chicago Cubs, making him the highest draft pick in USD history. He made his major league debut for the Cubs on April 17, 2015, against the San Diego Padres.
As he transitioned to his professional career, the accolades continued. Bryant was named the Minor League Player of the Year (’14), National League Rookie of the Year (’15), National League Hank Aaron Award winner (’16) and National League MVP (’16).
The two-time All-Star became just the fourth player in MLB history to follow ROY honors with an MVP award. In 2016, Bryant helped lead the Cubs to a World Series championship — their first in 108 years — fielding the final out to clinch the title in Game 7.