At long last, Kris Bryant will finally be in the proper position to make his Major League Baseball debut for the Chicago Cubs.
ESPN’s Jesse Rogers broke the news that Bryant, who Baseball America ranked as the No. 1 prospect, will be called up from Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Breaking. Source: Kris Bryant to be called up by Cubs on Friday. Story coming at http://t.co/iRRtXbR1Vj
— Jesse Rogers (@JesseRogersESPN) April 17, 2015
Now, Bryant had no business being sent to the minors in the first place. The third baseman torched everything that stood in his way during spring training, bashing an MLB-leading nine home runs, batting .425 and racking up a completely absurd 1.652 OPS.
However, baseball is a business, and Chicago made a smart business decision. The front office traded 12 days and media backlash for an extra season of Bryant’s services.
By starting him in Iowa, the Cubs delayed the potential superstar’s eventual free agency to 2021, per Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago.
But starting Friday, the baseball world will officially be introduced to the game’s next best player, and hopefully Bryant will stick around in the majors for a long, long time.
After all, Mike Trout could use some competition for the 2020 MVP.
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