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According to multiple eye witness accounts, Chicago Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo was just pulled in the third inning of today’s Iowa Cubs game, under circumstances that made it pretty clear it was an amicable pull.

In other words, he’s on his way to Chicago.

The Cubs start a three game set with the Mets tonight at Wrigley Field, and it would be surprising if he started for the Cubs on the same day that he’d started a game at Iowa, but it’s conceivable he could be brought up and put on the bench tonight. It’s far more likely, though, that the official move will come tomorrow, and Rizzo will be starting at first base for the Cubs against Dillon Gee tomorrow night.

When the move is official, I’ll have more thoughts, including strong words of caution about the hype train.

UPDATE: Paul Sullivan says a source confirmed that Rizzo’s debut will indeed come tomorrow night. To which I say …. YES!!! I’ll be in the right field bleachers, waiting to catch Rizzo’s first homer as a Cub.

  • Dan

    You know what, I’m not going to be expecting much from Rizzo. I have a bad feeling Rizzo is going to be an average player at first base at best.

    • Dan

      Just to give you a perspective on the top prospects that came up through the Cubs minor leagues. Felix Pie, Corey Paterson, Hee Seop Choi, Carlos Zambrano, Juan Cruz, David Kelton and Mark Prior. Will Rizzo be more successful then all of these past Cubs players? I sure hope so cause the odds are stacked against him not too.

      • Kyle

        I don’t recall Kelton every being a top prospect. But otherwise, I’ll be pretty happy if Rizzo ever has a season that matches the best from at least three of those guys.

      • Carew

        Zambrano, before he went completely mental, was not bad at all. Prior before his injury was one the best in the league.

        Due to my age, i dont really remember the others, except for Pie.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Luke

        You forgot the most recent top prospect to come through the Cubs’ system.  Starlin Castro.  Andrew Cashner hasn’t been all that bad either.

        • Dan

          The book is still out on Castro and Cashner. Castro is making a positive impact but maybe the Cubs find a way to lose him to free agency? -> *Sorry meant free agency not traded* Just like Greg Maddux?

          • TWC

            What is this supposed to mean?  Just like the Cubs traded Maddux?  When, in 2006?  Cause we sure as hell didn’t trade him when he was 22.

          • Tommy

            Maddux didn’t get traded. He left as a free agent.

            • MichiganGoat

              beat me to it tommy

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              *Technically,* the Cubs did both.

              • MichiganGoat

                yeah I guess I remember that, maybe you can relive the details so everyone is correct.

                • TWC

                  Uh, well, they let him walk after ’92 and traded him in ’06.

                  Which still doesn’t address why Dan, above, thought to mention Maddux in the same breath as Castro and Cashner.

                  • MichiganGoat

                    thanks, I kinda forget we traded him in 06 normally when Maddux leaving the Cubs is brought up I immediately jump to the year we let him leave to Atlanta. 06 was was as much about giving Maddux an opportunity to be out West than a trading a player because he was at his peak. He had already got his 300 wins and was looking for a west coast team to enjoy. Very boggling comment.

          • MichiganGoat

            We also didn’t trade Maddux, we just didn’t resign him after his Cy Young season.

      • djriz

        1). Rizzo is not Choi, Patterson, Kelton and the rest. Their performance does not predict his performance.
        2). Most of what we heard about those previous players were from a Cubs’ fan writer from Baseball America (Jim Callis) or the Cubs own propaganda machine. In this day and age, where info on prospects is more extensive, Rizzo holds up pretty well.
        3). MOST prospects don’t turn out. That’s a fact. But we can hope for the best and wish him well.

      • Edwin

        Angel Guzman. Ronny Cedeno. Mark Pawelek. Brian Dopirak. Ryan harvey. Justin Jones. Andy Sisco. Bobby Brownlie. Nic Jackson. Bobby Hill. Luis Montanez.

        • djriz

          your point?

          yes, most prospects don’t pan out.

          some do.

          what makes you sure rizzo won’t?

          How many of the following were REALLY considered top prospects, with a track record of success? (all high draft choices, but not much minor league production).
          Mark Pawelek. Brian Dopirak. Ryan harvey. Justin Jones. Andy Sisco. Bobby Brownlie. Nic Jackson. Bobby Hill. Luis Montanez.

          • Edwin

            Where in my post did I say that Rizzo wouldn’t turn out? I think he’ll be fine.

            • djriz

              Sorry. I figured you were comparing him to the ‘flops’ you listed. My bad.

        • Jp

          Ugh… Bobby brownlie, that name makes my brain hurt. He was a bonus baby where we drafted him lower than he expected to go because his agent wanted too much, he was a major flop… Was his agent Boras? If I remember correctly that was when I first started hating that guy, 15 years later… Still hate him

      • Toby

        I thought Patterson was turning a corner until he tore his ACL. There was talk that year, up to that moment, that he might make the All-Star team. Patterson just regressed after coming back.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          No, Patterson’s temporarily high BABiP came back down to earth after he came back.  He kept K’ing and kept never walking, so when the grounders stopped just missing people, his BA and OBA plummeted.

          • Kyle

            .353 is a bit high, but it’s not absurdly high for a guy with Patterson’s skill set.

            If anything, the BABIP season that defined Patterson’s career was 2005.

            He had an excellent 2004, putting up a .772 OPS while playing an elite center field defense. He could have settled into a nice career doing that and nobody would have ever called him a bust. His BABIP of .327 that season was plenty sustainable.

            Then in 2005, he hit 215/262/348 with a .262 BABIP. He probably should have had another 50 points on each of those slash lines, which would have been a very acceptable season for a center fielder with his defense. Instead, he got run out of town. He then put up 4.7 fWAR in two seasons starting for the Orioles.

            Patterson didn’t end up having a long career in the MLB, but he certainly wasn’t a bust on the level of a Pie or some of the others he gets lumped in with.

      • MichiganGoat

        I know that the Cubs have a bad history with prospects, but don’t most teams have more bust than All-Stars that come out of their farm system. I guess the Rays might be the most successful team with developing talent, but every team has a series of top prospects that fail to be successful.

  • hansman1982

    Brett – @PaulYeager tweeted a pic of Rizzo’s walk to the clubhouse – not sure if this is going to work but here goes:

    http://pic.twitter.com/s135r4bZ

    edit: added the http to see if that works.

    • MichiganGoat

      It does if you copy and paste but lets try this

      edit: okay the link feature is not working

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        You have to include the “http://…” is my guess.

      • hansman1982

        ya, I was typing it in from my IPhone to computer – I try to limit my non-work stuff to just here and just one window at a time.

    • magilljl

      Taking his bat with him I see…

  • Joey Jo Jo Junior

    Maybe this has been brought up before–if so I apologize. But does anyone else think he looks like Rod Blagojevich?

  • LWeb23

    The era has begun

  • MXB

    What do we do? Squeal (like for Jorge Soler)? put pajamas on my cat (like for Matt Garza)? OMG what do we do?

  • Hawkeye

    “UPDATE: Paul Sullivan says a source confirmed that Rizzo’s debut will indeed come tomorrow night. To which I say …. YES!!! I’ll be in the right field bleachers, waiting to catch Rizzo’s first homer as a Cub.”

    Speaking of containing the hype…

    Just giving you a hard time Brett. We are all pretty excited. There hasn’t been much to look forward to this season. Rizzo is one of the few lights we have at the end of the tunnel. Hope you have a great trip, and you do catch that ball.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I know you’re just razzing me (rizzing me?), but those are two different things – I’m crazy excited to be lucky enough to be at his debut, but my *expectations* for his immediate success and future superstardom are very much tempered.

      • Toby

        Yours might be tempered, but there are going to be a big group that will have unfair expectations of Rizzi to the Rizzo. I’m excited because tomorrow is going to be Day 1 of a new era of Cubs baseball.

        • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

          Unfair? Come on. He is going to step in and put up Sosa steroid numbers. He is fricking Anthony Rizzo for gods sake. Couldn’t avoid that just once.

          • Toby

            If Rizzo strikes out in his first AB, I’m probably going to be reading 100 posts about a failed trade or mass ritual suicide.

            • MikeL

              Sadly, I think you are right. If he struggle even a little bit I think that will happen. Then we will have a bunch of people claiming to have more baseball smarts than Theo and Jed combined simply because they have succesfully made trades on baseball mogul or Out of the Park Baseball.

              • Crazyhorse

                And Yet the Cubs nosedive into last place because its not Theo and Jed ……fault? hey wake up, the Astros are better than the Cubs.

                A person who never intends to pays his debts always promises payment next week – next month and and only bigger fools expect payments in years ahead.

                Rizzo just needs to be decent by my standards. hit above 260 with some pop and play good in the field. He should improve throughout his career as long as he can hit a fastball their should be no problems.

            • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

              Just don’t drink the Bleachernation Koolaid… Brett, you are welcome for your next shirt idea.

            • Glotzbach

              He’s going to struggle at some point, no question about it, it’s all apart of the game. Some fans just realize that sooner than others.

      • Freshness21

        I think it’s “ribbing” ;)

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Intentional pun…

  • magilljl

    What I took from this article? “Strong Words of Caution” Agreed.

    • rcleven

      Wish him the the best. As Dorthy said “Toto were not in Kansas any more.”
      Hope he adjusts quickly.

  • Curt

    how about we all give rizzo a fair shot he’s a good player but a savior he’d not , he’s just the 1st piece back to respectability , maybe as fans we can show him a little bit of patience where we haven’t shown the rest of the team.

  • MikeL

    “I’ll have more thoughts, including strong words of caution about the hype train”

    Thank you for that. I know there are many in people in Cubs nation and here on this board who think Rizzo will pick up right where he left off in AAA and that he won’t have any learning curve whatsoever……I expect him to be somewhere in between a Derek Lee or Paul Konerko…..but by no means a Albert Pujols or Joey Votto. He will be a solid run producer if he does indeed reach his potential and provide good defense.

    • Gabriel

      If he becomes Paul Konerko I will love him with the fiery passion of 1,000 suns…forever

      • MikeL

        Me too! I wouldn’t complain if he were a left handed Derek Lee either….I would say .270-.290….25-30 Hr and 90-100 RBI a year is a pretty reasonable comp for him at this point. Throw in a decent number of walks and strikeouts though too….

  • LWeb23

    Lets get #RizzOMG trending on twitter, yea?

    • MichiganGoat

      good idea I’m on it.

      • LWeb23

        I actually saw your tweet when I searched it on twitter haha

  • Curt

    how about we all give rizzo a fair shot he’s a good player but a savior he’s not , he’s just the 1st piece back to respectability , maybe as fans we can show him a little bit of patience where we haven’t shown the rest of the team.

    • rcleven

      We at BN are a small blip on a larger scale.
      The Chicago press has been kind to this car wreck of a team.

  • Patrick W.

    I’ve missed any speculation as to what the corresponding move might be? Are we assuming Cardenas is going out?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      That’s the early best guess, but the Cubs could be trying to dump someone like Baker.

      • Toby

        Does Campana have options left?

        • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

          Yes.

          • Toby

            Would Cubs send Campana down before DFAing Baker?

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              Sure. Possible. I’m not sure they would DFA Baker anyway.

              • Carew

                :(

  • Spencer

    Woop woop ill see him Wednesday

  • Rich

    Brett,

    LOVE YOUR WEBSITE….now go catch Rizzo’s first HR!

  • Dustin S

    Can’t wait to catch him at a game. I do wish the team was doing a little better when he came up so it wasn’t so much ridiculous pressure though. I think he’ll be a great player long-term, just not realistic to think he’ll be the season savior some of the media made him out to be.

    More than anything I’m excited that we’re finally transitioning this season into rebuilding mode and getting the core younger guys up.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      If Rizzo is not feeling ridiculous pressure, then he’s missing a few key neurons.  Any rookie getting called up is under ridiculous pressure; more so if they’ve had an unsuccessful trip to MLB in the past.

      Still, this should make for a much stronger team against RHP.  I doubt it will help much against LHP: I expect Rizzo probably will put up the same number as Baker. (That actually would be pretty good for a rookie LHB.)

  • ETS

    So his debut is a WCIU game… stupid mlb broadcasting rules!

    • Fishin Phil

      This makes me want to punch an MLB executive in the throat.

    • Carew

      At least theres the MLB strikezone thing

    • Crockett

      What MLB Broadcasting rules do you speak of?

      • nathan

        This has nothing to do with MLB broadcast rules. WGN is the one that puts the games on WCIU. WGN can put all WCIU games on WGN, but they don’t.

  • rocky8263

    Going to K. Woods fundraiser this week and I’m guessing Rizzo will attend being a good citizen and all. All the guy’s are great about posing for pictures and signing a bowling pin you pay 100.a hundred dollars for.

  • Tom

    The Rizzera has begun!

    • swaz46

      Rizzoutstanding, Tom.

  • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

    I hope they cut Joe Mather.

    • Edwin

      I think the same thing every day.

  • Grige

    Does anyone think this is a possibility, Dempster to the whitesox for Jose Quintana? The whitesox are indeed interested in him, and Quintana is young and has produced well since his call up.

    • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

      No. There is absolutely no trade the White Sox could provide that would please anyone. We would be talking about it like the Youkilis trade.

  • CubsfanKevin

    i just hope there comes a time when the Cubs are glad they waited to preserve contractual control for an additional year as opposed to Rizzo flaming out.

  • Featherstone

    I’m predicting Rizzo bats 5th tomorrow and goes 2-4 with a single and a double.

    • Alou and Vinegar

      I hope they bat him 3rd between Castro and Soriano but it will probably be 5th. I predict 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.

    • Jp

      As long as their not going against a LHP, then Baker starts and Rizzo’s platoon career because Baker’s lifetime splits are so good against LHP. I’m so tired of that excuse to play him 3x a week

  • Leroy K.

    Why am I so excited????? :) I got goosebumps….

  • Edwin

    I hope the Anthony Rizzo Era goes better than the Felix Pie Era.

    • Kyle

      It was a seamless bridge from the Hee Seop Choi era to the Rizzo era. Thanks for the long, productive career, Hee Seop.

      • Andrew

        when you think about it choi wasn’t a bust for the Cubs because they turned him into DLee before Choi fell off the map. Same thing with Bobby Hill turning into Aramis. These failed prospects were very valuable to the cubs. As much as I like the idea of an all-prospect team, we could be seeing a guy like Baez turned into guys like Aramis or DLee

  • Cubbies4Life

    I was supposed to be at that I-Cubs game today and he would have walked right by the cheap seats picnic area where I would have been sitting! I could have yelled, “YO, ANTONEEEE!” and gotten a very tasty exit photo! But, NOOOOOOOOOOOO!! Stupid work! Good luck, Anthony. I have good feelings about this in a season in which good feelings are hard to muster.

  • CubsfanKevin

    i predict: Theo&Co call up the Rizz tonight, Sveum has an epiphany and starts DeJesus LF, Campana CF, Castro bats LH SS, LaHair RF, Rizzo 1b, Valbuena 3B, Cardenas 2b, Clevenger C, so the Cubs could have the statistical advantage against Santana! which in turn would lead to an onslaught of runs, oh wait that did not work either. oh wait the advantage wasn’t statistically based on Saturday. oh wait i don’t have a major problem with Sveum, not every idea is a great one

    • rcleven

      Sorry but the Cubs have their RH line up going tonight.

  • Glotzbach

    In his last 11 games he’s batting .184, is this the right time to bring him up?

    • CubsfanKevin

      i have been pondering this point. I disagree. when you struggle you go back to the basics, analyze what helped you thrive, what better time to review the fundamentals, than receiving the call up

    • http://www.viewfromthebleachers.com Norm

      yes

  • magilljl

    Sounds like Rizzo will be on the 515 American Airlines flight out of Des Moines, putting him in Chicago around 6(ish) and should be around the ballpark tonight for 705 first pitch.

    • TWC

      Well, it’s good that no one is stalking him…

      • magilljl

        isn’t it?

  • http://cubsrumorsandnews.blogspot.com/ HotStoveCubbies

    For Tuesday’s lineup I like this-

    1. DeJesus CF
    2. Castro SS
    3. Rizzo 1b
    4. Soriano LF
    5. LaHair RF
    6. Soto C
    7. Valbeuna 3rd
    8. Barney 2b
    9. Pitcher

    Makes the most sense to me

    • Alou and Vinegar

      Agreed. I think he might be in a position to get better pitches to hit in this spot (guys on base before and more protection behind)

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    • magilljl

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    • Carew

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