Chicago Cubs Call Up Top Prospect Anthony Rizzo

The Chicago Cubs finally called up top prospect Anthony Rizzo. He'll make his debut for the North Siders on Tuesday.

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Anthony Rizzo Promoted To Chicago Cubs 25-Man Roster, Will Debut Tuesday

The Chicago Cubs, no longer encumbered by service time concerns, have pulled the trigger on their top prospect, 1B Anthony Rizzo. The team is reportedly calling up the dynamic slugger, and he could be with the team as soon as Monday night's game against the New York Mets:

Rizzo was hitting an astonishing .349/.410/.710 slash with a 1.120 OPS. And though the Pacific Coast League is known for its offense-favoring parks, Rizzo's park-adjusted numbers suggest he was hitting 80% better than the league average, according to FanGraphs.

Though Rizzo is leaving Iowa immediately, the first basemen is not expected to be fully added to the roster until Tuesday night's game against the Mets.

UPDATE: Rizzo will make his debut on Tuesday.

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Anthony Rizzo Update: Theo Epstein Says Cubs Nearing Call-Up Of Top Prospect

Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein says that top prospect Anthony Rizzo is nearly ready to be called up from Triple-A Iowa, as ESPN Chicago reports. Rizzo was acquired from the San Diego Padres before the season and has put up absolutely gaudy numbers in his time at the minor league's highest level.

Here's the quote from Theo:

We do like our players if at all possible to get a full season of at-bats at the Triple-A level. And by full season I really mean 162 games because that's what they are going to face at the big-league level where the season is six months long instead of five months in the minor leagues. He's getting there. He's getting real close to having that full season under his belt.

This season, Rizzo has hit .370/.430/.753 with 22 homers over 242 plate appearances. He leads the minor leagues in slugging percentage and OPS this season, making it difficult for the Cubs to justify keeping him with Iowa. Over 153 Triple-A games, Rizzo has batted .345/.412/.688 with 50 doubles, 48 homers and 158 RBI, numbers that are positively eye-popping.

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Cubs Roster 2012: Anthony Rizzo To Remain In Minor Leagues For Interleague Games

The newest word from the Chicago Cubs is the old word: Top prospect 1B Anthony Rizzo will remain in the minor leagues. According to Cubs manager Dale Sveum, the Cubs will not summon Rizzo to play designated hitter in the upcoming interleague matchups:

Rizzo has been dominating the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, hitting an overwhelming .474 weighted on-base average (wOBA) with 17 home runs. Meanwhile, the Cubs offense has struggled to score runs in the 2012 MLB season and has hit a .301 wOBA collectively as a team -- good for fifth worst in the MLB.

For more on the Chicago Cubs, check out the Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. And to learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ball with John Sickels.

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Anthony Rizzo Update: Cubs Prospect Sits With Wrist Soreness

The Chicago Cubs' top prospect, 1B Anthony Rizzo left his most recent Triple-A game in the sixth inning with wrist soreness. The hot-hitting first base prospect is now day-to-day, but his sudden absence from the game had Cubs fans on Twitter speculating that the Cubs front office had called up the 22-year-old.

On Monday, GM Jed Hoyer put those speculations to rest:

The Chicago Cubs are currently mired in a 12-game losing streak and have fallen to a 15-23 record, good for worst in the MLB, tied only with the Minnesota Twin who are also at 15-23.

For more on the Chicago Cubs, check out the Cubs blog Bleed Cubbie Blue. And to learn more about the latest MLB prospect news and ratings, drop by Minor League Ball with John Sickels.

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