On Friday, the Chicago Cubs got a first hand look at why many around Major League Baseball consider Los Angeles Angels centerfielder Mike Trout to be the best player in all of baseball.
During the Cubs 15-3 loss to the Angels on Friday Trout went 2-for-3 with 5 RBIs. Four of Trout’s five RBIs came on a grand slam home run.
The Cubs hope that they are fielding the next Trout. In fact, baseball’s next phenom may have been in the Cubs lineup on Friday. Top prospect Kris Bryant made his Cactus League debut for the Cubs on Friday while playing third base. Bryant only had one plate appearance but it was a significant. In his first Cactus League plate appearance, Bryant belted out a two-run home run. With that home run, the hype meter for the Cubs prospect increased several more notches.
Bryant is not going to break camp with the big league team. The expectation is for Bryant to start the season with the Cubs’ double-A affiliate in Tennessee. Though, there appears to be a growing consensus that Bryant could be promoted to the Major League level at some point during the second half of the season.
Bryant is going to be a good player for a long-time with the Cubs. Therefore, there is no need for the Cubs to rush the third baseman to the Majors. Though, Bryant’s performance may suggest that the Major Leagues is not far off.
We Want A Pitcher
Chris Rusin, James McDonald, and Jonathan Sanchez are all vying for a spot on the Cubs pitching staff this season. Rusin, McDonald, and Sanchez all pitched in the Cubs Cactus League game on Friday. Neither of the three were effective as the pitchers combined to give up 13 earned runs on 9 hits and 6 base on balls.
The Cubs will have split-squad duty on Saturday with games against the San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks.