The Cubs front office was rather busy Wednesday promoting minor leaguers. Less than 24 hours after the team announced first round pick Kyle Schwarber was on his way from Boise to Kane County, the Cubs announced Kris Bryant had been promoted from Double-A Tennessee to Triple-A Iowa.
Kris Bryant will have company on the flight to Des Moines as the Cubs also promoted right handed relievers Arodys Vizcaino and Armando Rivero from Smokies to the I-Cubs. The corresponding roster moves have not been announced.
Jordan Hankins also received a well-deserved promotion Wednesday. Hankins, the Cubs 11th round pick in last year’s draft, earned Midwest League All-Star honors this season after hitting .322/.361/.461 with 16 doubles, three home runs and a .822 OPS in 50 games for Kane County. Hankins was bumped up to High-A Daytona.
All eyes will be on the Iowa Cubs Thursday night when Kris Bryant makes his Triple-A debut. Marty Pevey was asked about when and where Bryant would play when he reports to Iowa.
According to reports from the Des Moines Register, Bryant will see playing time Thursday and will play third while he is in Iowa. Pevey plans on hitting Bryant in the middle of the order, but he has not decided if he will hit before or after Javier Baez.
The Des Moines Register spoke with Baez about Bryant and he said he could not wait for Bryant to get there and see how he does.
Kris Bryant jumped on the Kap and Haugh Show Wednesday and spoke with Jordan Bernfield and Ben Finfer about his promotion.
Kris Bryant was on his way back to Knoxville from the All-Star Game and received a text from the Cubs Farm Director (Jaron Madison) that he should pack because he was being promoted to Iowa. Bryant described Wednesday as a “whirlwind day.” Bryant communicates with other players in the system and received texts from Dan Vogelbach and Albert Almora after his promotion. He said the players in the system are a pretty close group and is looking forward to playing with Javier Baez again.
Defensively, Bryant will play third or outfield and when asked which position he will play, Bryant said his “future is wherever they want it to be.” He will continue to work on his defense at third in Iowa and will learn how to hit advanced pitching.
Bryant said he is looking forward to working with Manny Ramirez and described it as a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to work with Ramirez. Bryant grew up watching Manny Ramirez hit and he was one of his favorite players.
Kris Bryant stays focused on the game and tries to avoid outside distractions. Click here for audio of Kris Bryant’s interview on 87.7 The Game.
Welington Castillo reported to Iowa from Mesa on Wednesday and he will begin a rehab stint with the I-Cubs Thursday. Castillo spent time with Manny Ramirez in Mesa and told the Des Moines Register that Ramirez still has it.
Welington Castillo should be in a starting lineup Thursday that could include Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcantara and Josh Vitters around the infield.
News and Notes
Manny Ramirez has not reported to Triple-A Iowa. Ramirez could make his way to Des Moines for Thursday’s game. Javier Baez was asked about when Ramirez will be reporting. Baez told the Des Moines Register he is very excited for the chance to play with Ramirez and that he would “be here soon.”
Tsuyoshi Wada makes the start Thursday against Jason Lane and El Paso. The game from Principal Park will be available on MiLB.TV.