He began hitting under his dad's tutelage at the age of 5 and hasn't stopped. This year, the Cubs' Kris Bryant continued his meteoric rise, and he will find out on Thursday (5 p.m. CT on MLB Network) whether he won the National League Most Valuable Player Award, presented by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Hopefully, Bryant has room on his mantle. He was named the top college player in 2013 and the top Minor League player in '14, before being honored as the top rookie last season. This year, Bryant, 24, ranked among the NL leaders in home runs (39), RBIs (102) and slugging percentage (.554), and was first in runs scored (121). His 39 homers were the most by a Cubs player since Derrek Lee belted 46 in '05.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon took advantage of Bryant's versatility.
"When you think back to when you started playing baseball, it was always so much more fun in Little League," Bryant said. "Now, it's like Little Leagues in the big leagues. I think that's one of the things that makes Joe such an unbelievable manager. You never know what you're going to do, what to expect in the clubhouse. I think more guys should be like that."