Chicago Cubs To Call Kris Bryant Up To The Big Leagues
That long agonizing wait for Kris Bryant‘s call up to the majors is finally over. The Chicago Cubs intend to promote Bryant to the big league roster for tomorrow’s afternoon game against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field. Bryant had been sent down to the minors after an impressive spring training, were he led all spring league players with 9 home runs and posted a ridiculous slash line of .425/.477/1.175 and an OPS of 1.652.
The decision left many Cubs fans and baseball fans around the league questioning the Cubs decision. Insane hypothetical scenarios were presented by professional journalist and fans alike, worrying that the Cubs could potentially miss the playoffs by one game and that Bryant not being on the roster opening day would be the reason. Scott Boras, Bryant’s agent, went off on a rant to a Chicago reporter about the ethics of the move and questioned if the Cubs really wanted to win. At the end of it all, the Cubs brass lead by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer again proved to be the wiser, as the Cubs will enter Friday’s game tied for first place in the National League Central with the St. Louis Cardinals, both at 5-3 records.
Bryant being sent down until Friday gave the Cubs another year of control of Bryant through the 2021 season. While down in triple-A with the Iowa Cubs, Bryant played 7 games and continued to give Cubs fans reasons to be excited with 3 HR and 10 RBI, while batting .327. The timing of the move could not have been any better; they only needed 12 days to pass before gaining the extra year of control. It also helped that current 3B Mike Olt, was just sent to the 15-day disabled list after a hairline fracture was found in his wrist. Fellow infielder Tommy La Stella was also on the DL with a rib injury.
The Cubs will welcome Bryant’s power to the middle of the lineup. He should hit somewhere between 2-4 in the lineup, depending on manager Joe Madden‘s preference, and whether he wants Bryant to provide protection for power-hitters Anthony Rizzo or Jorge Soler. Pitchers are going to have to make a pitch to one of the three, which should provide some good opportunities for all three to produce some runs.
Bryant for now will play 3B, but the Cubs will likely continue to experiment with him in the outfield. He will make the first start against Padres All-Star pitcher James Shields. Happy Kris Bryant Day!