Let all Chicago Cubs fans, and really all baseball fans in general, be put on notice. Your long awaited hopes and prayers have been answered: Kris Bryant is coming to the city of Chicago.
Ever since the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft, all eyes have been keenly locked on this (now 23-year-old) phenom. His time and effort at the University of San Diego earned him the 2nd pick in that draft, and ever since, he’s been monitored, scrutinized, broken down, and built up. Since Spring Training began this year, there hasn’t been a day go by without some mention of Kris Bryant.
A break out hitter in his 2014 Minor League season, he racked up a video-game-esque slash line of .325/.438/.661 with 43 home runs and 143 RBI in 138 games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. He also amassed 35 more extra base hits and 15 stolen bases. He capped off his phenomenal year with a Minor League Player of the Year Award.
The weight of the world was on Kris Bryant’s shoulders this season as Spring Training rolled around, and as expected, the humble superstar delivered. He batted a robust .425/.477/1.175 with nine home runs in 40 at bats. Rumors circled around his Triple-A assignment instead of being brought up to the Majors right away. The media, his agent, the Chicago Cubs brass had opinions on the matter. However, when all is said and done, this is a business, which means the Cubs organization will do as they see fit with their prospects.
Regardless of the reasoning, his long-awaited arrival has come. He’s hitting .333 in six games for the Iowa Cubs along with two home runs. Whether or not those numbers really mean something or not, the only thing that matters to this ball club is that his long-awaited trip to the Majors has finally arrived.
No one can for certain say what the future hold, but for this man and this city, the future looks bright. The Cubs are facing off against the Padres tomorrow at 1:20pm CT. I suggest you tune in.