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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Theo Epstein is Lying to Us

June 26th, 2014 at 6:00 AM
By Tim Duxbury

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Last week, Chicago Cubs President Theo Epstein said that, top prospect, Kris Bryant will not be playing in Chicago this season. That is a blatant lie. Now, Theo is absolutely saying the right thing but that is not how it is going to play out. We mapped out Kris Bryant’s trajectory earlier in the month and we’re sticking to our guns.

By saying that he doesn’t expect Bryant be with the big league club this season is Epstein’s way of taking any unnecessary pressure off of his 22-year-old third base prospect. Just imagine how bad it would look if Epstein made the bold statement that Bryant would be starting for the Cubs’ after X-number of games at AAA. That would just be stupid. The only way that Kris Bryant does not make an appearance at the big league level would be if he were to really struggle at AAA. There would have to be some developmental problem or major flaw in his game exposed to keep this kid from getting a September call-up.

Just look at what other teams are doing with their top prospects; Mike Trout and Anthony Rizzo are great examples. They played in about 30 big league games the season before they were called up (after the arbitration deadline) and then played 120-130 games in the major leagues. The expectation is that Bryant will be in the majors at some point next season so that means that this is the that year he should log his 30 game stint with the Cubs.

Theo is saying the right things to the media right now, but baring some dramatic change in Bryant’s production, don’t believe a word he says. We will see Kris Bryant in September.

Tags: Anthony Rizzo, Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant, Mike Trout, MLB, Theo Epstein

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