In case you missed it, our very own Jacob Misener reported that the Chicago Cubs were finally promoting top prospect, third baseman Kris Bryant, just in time for the weekend series against the San Diego Padres.
After tearing apart opposing pitchers during Cactus League play and having his agent, Scott Boras, go public about his feelings regarding how Theo Epstein and the rest of the front office were preparing to handle his client’s career. It was definitely tough not seeing him making the Opening Night roster against the St. Louis Cardinals, but it’s going to be worth it from here on out.
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Adding Bryant to this lineup not only makes this club a lot better, but outfielder Jorge Soler will have some stiff competition when it comes to N.L. Rookie of the Year honors. Right now, Soler is tied with Chris Coghlan in home runs with two, but leads the teams in RBI with seven – three ahead of Starlin Castro who has four early on.
Kris Bryant later took to his very own handle, letting his followers know that he got to tell his family that his dream was finally coming true and that he was excited about his new journey.
There’s no doubt that Chicago’s 23-year-old star will receive a standing ovation in his first major league at-bat. Despite the disappointment of not making the Cubs’ 25-man roster after camp broke, Bryant continued to do what he did best at the Triple-A level. Last season he finished with a whopping 43 home runs and 110 RBI across both Double and Triple-A affiliates before leading the majors with nine home runs this spring.
In his final appearances with the Iowa Cubs, Bryant clubbed three home runs and nearly had a fourth but fell victim to a great defensive play by a New Orleans Zephyrs’ outfielder.
Now that he’s getting set to debut, he’ll surely have his hands full as the Cubs are set to take on James Shields in-game one of this three-game set. Let’s just hope he doesn’t end up breaking that new video board in left field with all the home runs he’s expected to hit.