Kyle hit 30 home runs in 2017 after missing a majority of the 2016 season with an injured left knee ... became just the second Cubs left-handed hitter to reach the 30-homer mark in his age 24 or younger season, joining Anthony Rizzo in 2014... His six career postseason homers are tied for the most by any Cubs player ... has batted .311 (19-for-61) with a double, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored in his playoff career... Named the Most Valuable Player of the 2015 MLB Futures Game in Cincinnati, as he delivered a two-run triple and threw out a potential base stealer at second base... Needed just 178-career games to reach 40 home runs, the fastest player in Cubs history to accomplish the feat... Rated by Baseball America as the organization's fourth-best prospect heading into the 2015 campaign... Rated as the third-best catcher prospect entering the 2015 season by MLBPipeline.com... Spent time in 2014 with Single-A Boise, Single-A Kane County and Single-A Daytona ... earned Player of the Week honors at each stop... Attended Indiana University where he established himself as one of the premier college hitters, batting .341 (238-for-697) with 40 home runs and 149 RBI in 180 career games ... was a two-time First-Team All-American and was the highest draft pick in Indiana baseball history... In IU history, ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.607), sixth in home runs (40), eighth in hits (238) and tied for eighth in triples (12) and runs (182) ... played three seasons with the Hoosiers... Registered a .992 fielding percentage (3 E/383 TC) in 2014, and threw out 16 of 43 (37 percent) of attempted base stealers, en route to being named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award, given to the top Division I catcher in the nation... Selected as the top catcher in the country and First-Team All-American in 2013 by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association ... was a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2012... Competed with USA Baseball's Collegiate National Team in 2013... Graduated from Middletown (Ohio) High School in 2011 ... was a four-time team MVP in baseball and also was a second-team All-Ohio linebacker selection.
Kyle ranked second on the Cubs with 30 home runs in 422 at-bats spanning 129 games for Chicago ... averaged one home run every 14.07 at-bats, a mark that would have been third-highest among N.L. hitters had he qualified for the league lead (was just 16 plate appearances shy) ... all told, hit .211 (89-for422) with 16 doubles, a triple, 30 homers, 59 RBI, 59 walks and a OBP over 100 points higher than his average, at .315... Posted a .922 OPS beginning July 27 through the end of the season, second-best on the Cubs in that span behind only Kris Bryant (.992)... His .283 batting average (17-for-60) in Sept./Oct. was his highest monthly mark since batting .302 in July of 2015... Had an .814 OPS and a .221 average (75-for-340) against right-handed pitching ... posted a .648 OPS and a .171 average (14-for-82) against southpaws... His .894 OPS in the season's second half was 200 points higher than his .694 OPS leading up to the All-Star Break... Batted .436 (17-for-39) with 10 homers in the first pitch of an at-bat... Hit four homers while serving as the club's designated hitter, tied for the most by any Cub in a single season (Alfonso Soriano in 2012)... Played 110 games in left field, posting a .967 fielding percentage (5 E/153 TC) with seven assists ... played four games at catcher, totaling 7.0 innings, and saw one game at first base... Was optioned to Triple-A Iowa, June 21 (post-game) ... was batting .171 with a .295 OBP in 64 games prior to being sent to Iowa ... recalled, July 6, and batted .255 (51-for-200) with 18 homers and 31 RBI in 65 games the rest of the way... Began the season as the primary leadoff hitter and reached base to lead off the game nine times in his first 16 opportunities... Hit a 470-foot home run (as measured by Statcast), May 23 vs. San Francisco, which was his longest homer of his career ... also hit a homer measured at 467 feet, June 14... Hit a game-winning grand slam in the seventh inning, June 3 vs. the Cardinals ... gave the Cubs a 5-3 lead ... his four RBI tied a career-high ... marked the first go-ahead grand slam by a Cubs batter when trailing in the seventh inning or later since David DeJesus, May 11, 2012 at Milwaukee ... first time it happened at Wrigley Field since Aramis Ramirez, August 28, 2008 vs. the Phillies... Notched his first-career pinch-hit home run, June 11 vs. Colorado (was part of back-to-back home runs with Addison Russell)... Recorded a career-high tying 11 total bases, July 27 at the White Sox as he went 3-for-4 with a triple and two homers... Went 2-for-6 with two homers and four RBI, August 30 vs. Pittsburgh ... marked his fifth-career multi-homer game, tied for fifth-most by a Cubs player by his age 24 season ... the second homer was his 40th of his career, becoming the fastest player in Cubs history to 40 homers (178 games)... Went 3-for-17 (.176) with a solo homer and three walks in seven postseason games.
Made a comeback in the World Series after suffering a regular season-ending left knee injury two games into the season when he collided with Dexter Fowler in the outfield, April 7 in Arizona ... suffered torn ligaments (ACL and LCL) in his left knee along with a severely sprained left ankle ... placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day ... Transferred to the 60-day disabled list, April 11 ... Underwent ACL reconstruction and LCL repair surgery on his left knee, April 19, by Dallas Cowboys orthopedic specialist Dr. Daniel Cooper ... Activated from the 60-day disabled list, October 22, and was assigned to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League to rehab ... went 1-for-6 with a double and two walks in two games ... Made the World Series roster and went 7-for-17 (.412) with a double, two RBI and three walks, becoming the first position player to collect a hit in the World Series after going hitless during the regular season ... tallied a pair of RBI singles in Game Two and went 3-for-5 in the decisive Game Seven, including a single to begin the 10th inning.
Kyle made his major league debut with Chicago just a year after he was the team's first selection (fourth overall) in the 2014 draft ... batted .246 (57-for-232) with 52 runs, six doubles, a triple, 16 homers and 43 RBI in 69 games…Batted .333 (9-for-27) with five home runs, six runs scored, eight RBI and four walks in nine post-season games ... the five post-season homers are the most by any Cub in post-season history and are second-most by any rookie in a single postseason (Evan Longoria, six in 2008)…Drove in runs in each of his first two career post-season at-bats in the Wild Card game at Pittsburgh, including a two-run third-inning shot off Gerrit Cole….In NLDS Game Four against the Cardinals, hit a home run that reached the top of the right field video board at Wrigley Field….Became the first Cub in franchise history with 16 homers in his first 52 career major league games ... thanks to Ed Hartig….Ranked fifth among N.L. rookies with 16 homers and was seventh with 52 runs scored….His 15 homers in the season's second half ranked tied for seventh-most in the N.L. while his 46 runs scored ranked tied for eighth…Hit .281 (38-for-135) in 38 road games, 85 points higher than his .196 average (19-for-97) at Wrigley Field…Played 41 games (36 starts) in left field, 21 games (15 starts) at catcher and had four games (two starts) in right field…Selected from Double-A Tennessee, June 16, and made his major league debut as a defensive replacement behind the plate that night vs. Cleveland…Recorded his first career hit, June 17 in Cleveland, a RBI triple in the second inning off Shaun Marcum…Finished 4-for-5 with three runs and two RBI as the team's designated hitter…Collected six hits in his first two career starts, June 17-18 in Cleveland, becoming just the sixth Cub since 1914 to accomplish that feat…Joins Sparky Adams in 1922 (six hits), Walter Stephenson in 1935 (six), Coaker Triplett in 1938 (seven), Doug Dascenzo in 1988 (six) and Tyler Houston in 1996 (seven)…Batted .381 (8-for-21) with a triple, homer, six RBI and a 1.028 OPS in five starts as the team's DH, June 17-21, before he was optioned to Triple-A Iowa…Recalled following the All-Star break, July 17 ... made the start at catcher that night in Atlanta, and went 3-for-4 with a double and run scored…Went 4-for-7 with a game-tying homer in the ninth inning and a game-winning homer in the 13th, July 21 in Cincinnati ... became the first Cub with a game-tying blast in the ninth and a game-winning homer in extras since Andre Dawson, May 8, 1990 vs. Atlanta…Became the sixth player and first rookie in club history to hit two homers in the ninth inning or later, joining Ron Santo, Dave Kingman, Ryne Sandberg, Andre Dawson and Sammy Sosa…Also became the first Cubs player since at least 1914 with a pair of four-hit games within his first 11 major league games, and the first big leaguer to do so within his first 11 contests since St. Louis' Bo Hart in 2003…Became the first big leaguer to record his first 18 career hits exclusively on the road since Steve Scarsone in 1992-93 with the Phillies, Orioles and Giants…Scored at least two runs and drove in at least two runs in three-straight games, August 5 at Pittsburgh and August 6-7 vs. San Francisco … became the first Cubs rookie to register multiple RBI in at least three-straight games since Randy Hundley did so in three-straight contests in 1966…Drove in a career-high four runs for the second time, August 13 vs. Milwaukee…Hit his 10th homer in his 36th career game and 118th career at-bat, August 19 vs. Detroit ... the previous Cub to amass at least 10 homers in his first 36 career games was Bob Speake in 1955 (11 HR in first 36 games)…Recorded his third career multi-homer effort, September 11 in Philadelphia, homering on each of the first two pitches he saw…The three multi-homer efforts came within his first 51 career games … that's the fewest amount of games for any Cub since at least 1914 (thanks to STATS Inc.)…Is just the sixth MLB player since 1914 to record three multi-homer efforts within his first 51 career games … the others: Boston's Wally Berger in 1930, the White Sox Zeke Bonura in 1934, the Royals Mark Quinn in 1999-2000, the Indians Russell Branyan in 1998-2000 and the White Sox Jose Abreu in 2014.
In his first season in pro baseball, Kyle advanced from Boise to Kane County to Daytona, hitting over .300 at each stop and picking up three Player of the Week honors ... finished third in the Cubs farm system with 18 homers despite not making his season debut until June 13 ... Began his pro career with Boise where in five games he batted .600 with four home runs, earning him Northwest League Player of the Week honors and a promotion to Single-A Kane County ... Batted .361 (30-for-83) with eight doubles, four home runs and 15 RBI in 23 games with Kane County ... hit safely in 18 of the 23 games ... Earned Player of the Week honors for the week of June 23-29 (.409, 8 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) ... went 4-for-5 with two homers, three runs scored and five RBI on June 28 at Beloit ... Batted .302 (48-for-159) with 10 homers, 31 runs scored and 28 RBI in 44 games with Daytona ... he hit home runs in five-straight contests, August 21-24, on the way to earning the FSL Hitter of the Week award ... Collected hits in 15-consecutive games (.417/25-for-60), including nine multi-hit games, August 14-27 ... finished August with a .330 mark (34-for-103) and eight homers in 28 games.