The wait is over. Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are calling up top prospect third baseman Kris Bryant. He’ll make his major league debut tomorrow afternoon at Wrigley Field against the Padres.
Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com confirms the report and adds that Mike Olt will be placed on the disabled list with a right wrist fracture in a corresponding roster move.
Bryant was sent down to Triple-A Iowa despite tearing the cover off the ball during spring training. Of course, service time was the only reason for that. If the Cubs kept him in the minors for 12 days, they would ensure that they would get an extra year of team control, through 2021. Despite the obvious issues with the current system and some bickering between Bryant’s agent, Scott Boras, and Cubs president Theo Epstein, it was a no-brainer. The 12th and final day was today, so the Cubs are now in the clear. And they aren’t waiting another minute to get him into their lineup.
Bryant, 23, led the minors with 43 home runs last season while posting a 1.098 OPS and was batting .321 (9-for-28) with three home runs and 10 RBI over his first seven games in Triple-A this season. He’s going to face a ton of pressure in Chicago from a fanbase that is thirsty for a winner, but this is going to be fun to watch.
Bryant homered in his final at-bat with Triple-A Iowa on Thursday night. I guess this was enough to convince the Cubs that he’s ready:
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