It is Kris Bryant day in the city of Chicago where the top prospect in baseball made his MLB debut on Friday afternoon for the Cubs against the San Diego Padres at Wrigley Field.
Kris Bryant had his MLB debut pushed back 12 days to preserve a year of team control but the wait was worth the wait for Chicago Cubs fans who saw the top prospect in baseball and unofficial team savior make his highly anticipated debut on Friday.
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Bryant received a standing ovation by just being there and he was tested early at third base in the top of the first inning and turned a 5-4-3 double play. His first plate appearance didn’t see a ball fly over the bleachers as he swung and missed on three pitches from James Shields, but he made his presence felt on the diamond.
In the top of the fifth inning, Bryant made his first of what will be many great plays for the Cubs when he dove toward the third base line to take away extra bases and save the go-ahead run from crossing the plate with a beautiful diving stab to record the out.
And how often do you see a player make a great play in the field and come up in the bottom half of the inning and get a huge hit?
Well, Bryant did come up in the bottom half with runners on second and third after the Cubs took a 4-2 lead after RBI’s from Jorge Soler and Anthony Rizzo in front of him, but Bryant went down swinging for another strikeout, so clearly he’s all glove and no bat and should be sent back down to AA.
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