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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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