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(WSCR) When will the Cubs call up the highly-touted Anthony Rizzo?
That’s the question on the minds of most Cubs fans. While the Major League product is seemingly nothing special, Rizzo provides a glimpse of hope for the future. Through 43 games in Triple-A Iowa, Rizzo is batting .352 with 15 home runs and 42 RBIs.
One baseball expect thinks it’s time to bring Rizzo to Chicago for good.
“I think when a guy is ready, a guy is ready,” Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune told The Mully and Hanley Show. “It only makes sense to keep him in Triple-A if he’s a really good player. You don’t know that he’s going to be that. You hope that he’s going to be that, but you don’t know that. Just in fairness, when a guy is ready to come to the big leagues, I don’t think you keep him blocked.”
LISTEN: Phil Rogers on The Mully and Hanley Show
Rogers did admit that keeping Rizzo in Iowa allows the Cubs to try and market what’s left of Alfonso Soriano.
“The one thing you gain, I think, is it’s a little bit longer that you can leave Soriano playing every day and hope that he hits 10 home runs in a week and somebody gets excited about it (for a trade,)” Rogers said. “I think that’s a very small percentage chance that you’re going to be able to interest an American League team into putting him in their lineup and trading for him, no matter how much money you pay on his salary. There is a chance, but I don’t think there’s a big chance.”