CHICAGO - Finally, the next big Cubs prospect is headed for the North Side.
Although it was only a few weeks, the anticipation for the arrival of the team's newest third baseman has been a few months in the making.
Kris Bryant will be called up from Iowa to make his major league debut on Friday when the Cubs face the Padres at Wrigley Field. Around 10 P.M. on Thursday night, Bryant announced he was making the move on Twitter after reports of the move started coming out.
Bruce Miles of the Daily Herald and Jesse Rogers were the first to report the news on Thursday evening.
At 8:41 P.M. Adidas Baseball-who counts Bryant among one of its spokespeople-tweeted this to their account about his arrival to the majors.
He will take the spot of Mike Olt, who reportedly suffered a hairline fracture of his wrist when hit by a pitch in Colorado this past weekend.
The call up of Bryant was considered to be a formality considering his success in the spring and at Triple A Iowa. Bryant hit .425 this spring and hit nine home runs but in an effort to retain the right for the third baseman for another season the Cubs sent him down for the first week-and-a-half of the season.
In six games with the Iowa Cubs Bryant hit .333 with three home runs and seven RBIs.
Drafted as the number two overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft, Bryant played single A ball during his first year with the organization. He made a significant jump in 2014 as he hit .355 at AA Tennessee with 22 homers and 58 RBI's in 68 games. That earned a call up to Triple A Iowa where in 70 games he continued the strong play as he hit 21 homers with 52 RBI's and a .295 batting average in 70 games.
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