Kris Bryant was promoted to Iowa today, why the hell did the Cubs do this?
More like WHAT TOOK THEM SO LONG?
Bryant has been absurd for months: he's gotten on base in nearly half his trips to the plate (.458). He's walked 43 times in 68 games. He has 22 home runs in 297 plate appearances. AND eight steals.
You see his BABIP --.440 -- and for any other player you might think, bad luck. But for Kris, it's a sign that, when he puts the bat on the ball and gets it into play, he's slapping it, crushing it, driving it.
Of course, the big question is, where will he play? He hasn't been golden at third base, and Iowa has a 3B. Christian Villanueva is said to have the best hot corner glove in the system, he's shown enough power throughout his MiLB career, and he's about to turn 23 as a AAA player.
Villanueva appeared to turn a corner with the bat around the start of May, hitting .250/.309/.445 over 35 games after May 1. But he's in a major 5-game rut, having gone 0-for-his-last-15 with 7 strikeouts.
Does Villanueva head back to AA? That would be kind of shocking, but is perhaps merited here as he's still just 23, although I think he's pretty much proven himself at that level (he absolutely crushed at Tennessee in the second half of last year). Does Kris Bryant move to the outfield, as many have talked about multiple times?
This seems most likely at this point. Or, perhaps we see lots of movement around the diamond, with Villanueva, Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara, and even Javier Baez seeing time all over the field.
If Bryant struggles at the outset in Iowa, perhaps it will be due to a high K-rate. He's struck out in 26 percent of his AA plate appearances -- not an alarming rate, but certainly an elevated one.
Or maybe he'll just show up and immediately start hitting bombs again. Either way we're officially one step closer to seeing this team's future realized.
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