The 30-year-old hit a home run against Philadelphia Phillies’ pitcher Kyle Gibson in the fifth inning on Tuesday. With the home run, Wisdom tied Kris Bryant’s Cubs rookie home run record of 26, set in 2015.
Wisdom has reached the 26 home run mark in only 96 games, while it took Bryant, the second overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft out of San Diego, 151 games in 2015. Wisdom now has the remainder of this game, and 17 games after today to hit one more home run to take sole possession of the record from Bryant.
The Cubs signed Wisdom to a minor-league contract last August then re-signed him this past January. His home run production has surpassed anyone’s expectations for him when he was moved to the active roster in May. While he’s unlikely to be part of The Next Great Cubs Team™, a term used this summer by president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer, Wisdom has certainly made a case for himself to be part of the 2022 team.
Selected in the first round (No. 52 overall) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 draft out of Saint Mary’s College of California, Wisdom has played for the Cardinals, Texas Rangers, and Cubs in the majors.