With each passing day, it seems that Kris Bryant is making a larger case to be promoted to the Iowa Cubs.
While playing with the Tennessee Smokies on Saturday, Bryant hit his 20th home run of the season. Bryant has been on a tear during the first half of the season with the Smokies and there is a growing noise that the Cubs’ top prospect should be promoted to Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs’ general manager Jed Hoyer indicated last week that there was no promotion imminent for Bryant. However, it is beginning to look abundantly clear that Bryant has nothing left to accomplish at the Double-A level. With that said, one would think that the Cubs’ front office is smart enough to realize that Bryant’s talent is not being maximized with the Smokies.
The next step for Bryant is a promotion to Triple-A Iowa. There first was a belief that Bryant would not be promoted to Iowa until the Cubs decided what to do with Christian Villanueva. Villanueva has struggled with the Iowa Cubs this season and the Cubs may have been waiting to promote Bryant until Villanueva improved his value.
But the mere fact of the matter is that Villanueva is a fringe prospect. Bryant’s ascension to the Major League should not be impacted by Villanueva. Bryant is ready for the next step in his journey to the Major Leagues.