Note: All projections and opinions in this article are my own and not meant to reflect those of anyone else on this website.
UPDATE: The Cubs have promoted Kris Bryant! I repeat, the Cubs have promoted Kris Bryant!!
The Cubs are off to a great start this season, but with recent injuries to Tommy La Stella and Justin Grimm, the Cubs are short on depth. Bryant is expected to join the team tomorrow in Chicago when the Cubs face the Padres. It is yet to be determined if he will be in the starting lineup, but if it is late in the game and Joe Maddon needs a slugger hungry for his first home run, Bryant would be the first to get the call.
He is equally deserving of this promotion, and all eyes will be on him when he makes his first major league at bat. Just wait until he comes to the plate, everybody will be on the edge of their seats, waiting for that ball to soar over their newly constructed videoboard.
This unfortunate news for current Cubs third baseman Mike Olt. He was batting .133 on the season. Olt was part of the package deal that sent Matt Garza to Texas in 2013, and he hasn't shown much promise. The Cubs would much rather have Bryant in the lineup, and now that he will be sometime this season, its time to celebrate!
Bryant's first experience at the major league level will be an exciting story to watch as the season continues. Now all we can do is sit back, relax, and watch him crush.
The Chicago Cubs have demoted superstar third-baseman Kris Bryant to minor league camp. This move foreshadows that Bryant will start the 2015 season in the minor leagues. After all the debate and controversy, the Cubs have finally made their decision. Shout out to all the haters, because you have to admit this is a smart decision by Theo Epstein. With this demotion, the Cubs will ultimately get to retain Kris Bryant for an additional year, carrying the Cubbies on his back to a Division Title.
If I were Kris Bryant (and had his amazing talent to crush baseballs), I wouldn't be upset. After all, this demotion is almost like a promise. It's like your little league coach telling you, "Don't worry bud, you'll play today, but for now stay on the bench until I need you." ️Its expected that Bryant will crack the big-league roster by May, and all fans in Chicago will be jumping for joy on that eventful day. This move by the Cubs could impact their wins in the beginning of the season, but when the games start to really matter by July and August, Kris Bryant will save the day. He will be one of the many exciting storylines to watch in 2015.
Also demoted to minor league camp was young Javier Baez. He will also begin the season in the minor leagues, to refine his long swing and strike out rate. Baez batted .169 with 20 strikeouts for the Cubs last year. He should be promoted around May or June because he could make an immediate impact in the lineup because of his power. Once he decreases his strikeouts, Baez will be a great keystone, like Bryant, for many years to come.
If you do not know who Kris Bryant is by now, you probably live underneath a rock. The former #2 pick in the 2013 MLB Draft has quickly risen through the Cubs farm system to the number two rookie prospect in all of Major League Baseball, second behind the Twins Byron Buxton. Between Double-A and Triple-A, Bryant slugged 43 home runs with 110 RBI's and a .325 batting average. Now in 2015 Spring Training, he is making it extremely difficult for the Cubs to hold him down. Bryant clubbed 6 home runs already in the Arizona Fall League, leading all the MLB by three round-trippers. With his superstar potential and consistent production, will Bryant crack the Cubs starting lineup, or remain in Triple-A to start the season?
With the Chicago Cubs looking to contend in 2015, they will need Kris Bryant's bat in the heart of their young lineup. To keep up with the dominant Cardinals, Brewers, and Pirates, the Cubs will need all hands on deck to win the NL Central. Currently at third base resides a combination of Mike Olt, Tommy La Stella, or Arismendy Alcantara. These players do not compare to the production Kris Bryant could put up slated behind Anthony Rizzo in the lineup. With young studs Javier Baez and Jorge Soler getting extended looks at the Major League level, its only fair that Kris Bryant should as well. He could be the next Giancarlo Stanton, or Albert Pujols, and he is sentenced to Triple-A. Clearly he has proven he can compete at all levels of the Minor Leagues, with the aforementioned 43 home runs, and has earned a promotion to the Major Leagues to show what he is capable of.
On the contrary, keeping Kris Bryant in the minor leagues until mid-April would extend his tenure as a Chicago Cub. That is good news, for the more Kris Bryant, the better. If Bryant is called up for Opening Day, his free agent status would transpire in 2020. If the Cubs waited until after the Super 2 Deadline, he would become a free agent one year later, in 2021. Keeping this kind of slugger for as long as possible in one uniform is the number one priority for any general manager. In dollars and cents, this proposal is the most worthwhile to pursue. If the Cubbies can keep up with the roaring NL Central until the Super 2 Deadline, Kris Bryant may get his opportunity to show everybody in Chicago, and around the nation, what he can do at the Major League level.
If Cubs fans can remain patient, which they have been for the last 100 years, there will be no cry in outrage when Bryant is held back in Triple-A to start the season. With the Cubs current talent, the can afford stashing Bryant in Triple-A until the time is right. Bryant is not the type of player to get upset, for he is a calm, cool, collected ballplayer with a composure that makes you want to get to know him. When he finally makes his first appearance in 2015 every person in Chicago, and around the nation, will be turning on their TV, anticipating a "Bryant Bomb" soaring over the ivy wall in centerfield. Reports state that Mike Olt will be their Opening Day starting third-baseman, but come May, Bryant will claim his rightful place at third base like a long-awaited inaugurated king. It will be exciting to follow Kris Bryant's path to the Bigs in 2015, and all eyes will be on him to see if he can translate his power to the Major League level.
- Weston Robertson