Much-ballyhooed prospect Kris Bryant is receiving his big-league call-up from the Cubs on Friday. Bryant is so ballyhooed, in fact, that he is making people remember that ballyhooed is a word.
The arrival of arguably the most hyped prospect since Bryce Harper is a cause for celebration on the North Side. Cub haters, which is to say White Sox fans who need a life, which is to say all White Sox fans, will gladly point out that Bryant is merely the latest Next Big Thing for the Cubs. It’s a lineage that dates back to another third base prospect, Gary Scott, and has been carried on through the years by such names as Brooks Kieschnick, Corey Patterson, Mark Prior and Felix Pie.
It’s not the greatest legacy. Typically your best chances of succeeding when you’re the top prospect in the Cubs system is to do your work elsewhere, like Rafael Palmeiro.
Personally, I’m not worried about Bryant. His success at every level, from college to Triple-A, has been overwhelming. But there is still a way in which this scenario can have a Very Cub Ending.