Friday is a big day for Cubs fans. The 5-3 first place Cubs have called up MLB’s top prospect, Kris Bryant, to finally play for the big league club. The fact that Cubs fans are rejoicing over first place on April 17 is laughable, but hey, let’s allow them to have their moment.
Bryant will not only start at third base in his MLB debut, but Chicago will throw him right into the fire and bat him cleanup against James Shields and the Padres. But don’t worry, it’s not like Cubs fans have unrealistic expectations for Bryant.
Before hitting .321 with three home runs in Triple-A Iowa this season, Bryant DOMINATED spring training. His nine homers led the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues, while batting .425. This generated some hype, but no matter how much noise the 2014 Minor League Player of the Year made this spring, he never was going to start 2015 as a Cub.
The “reason” Bryant has been called up is because Mike Olt went on the DL with a broken wrist. But the real reason Bryant was actually been called up is because he’s spent 11 days in the minors. Why’s that number important? Bryant won’t get credited for a full season in the majors now, which means the Cubs will control their future star through 2021, rather than 2020. And 11 days is the exact number they needed to wait, so Chicago clearly didn’t waste any time here. Spare me the “injury news.”It may have been cruel, but it was obviously the right call for the team to send Bryant down in order to gain another cost controlled year of their super prospect. Bryant didn’t take it personally, though. But he’s certainly excited that his time is here.
Today I got to tell my family that my dream is coming true. Can’t really put into words what that feels like. So excited for this journey! — Kris Bryant (@KrisBryant_23) April 17, 2015They’re calling it Christmas in Chicago. Fans are obviously happy to have Bryant though 2021, but they want to win now. So as unfair as it may be, the 23-year old Bryant will step in and attempt to carry the Cubs offense right away. This is usually the part where I say “good luck with that,” but after hitting .325 with 43 homers and 110 RBI last season, this kid may just have what it takes.
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