The Chicago Cubs have had two National League MVP finalists between the last three years. Which one is more likely to win another win in the near future?
Kris Bryant and Javier Baez have had interesting trajectories since helping the Chicago Cubs end the team’s long World Series drought two years ago. While Bryant has struggled to replicate the success he experienced in 2016, Baez has taken off to become one of the league’s brightest and most popular young stars for his charisma and daring style of play.
Both players are firmly entrenched in the core of Chicago’s winning formula, and yet they have had very different routes to success.
Whereas Bryant has been working to flatten his swing path and see more pitches, Baez has seen an increase in his swing percentage in every single year that he has been in the bigs, according to FanGraphs.
With both players looking to help the Cubs return to the pinnacle of baseball, which is the more likely MVP candidate in the years to come?