Carlos Rodon’s debut didn’t exactly have the same reaction as Kris Bryant’s did three days ago.
The long-awaited debut of Kris Bryant at Wrigley Field, mainly because the Cubs chose to keep him down despite murdering Spring Training pitching, was basically a city holiday on Friday.
Today, on a Monday afternoon, the White Sox quietly announced the purchase of Carlos Rodon’s contract from AAA club Charlotte – effectively putting him in the Sox bullpen for tonight’s game against Cleveland.
Bryant’s call-up became a national story because it was obvious the Cubs were delaying to get another year out of his rookie contract. Thanks to Bryant’s 12-day sabbatical in Iowa City, the Cubs get another year of baseball’s top-ranked prospect for free.
It was an easy decision that be should taken up with the league office if you have an issue with it.
The other half of the enormous hype around Kris Bryant’s arrival is clearly because he’s so damn good. The Cubs are playing baseball that’s fun to watch again, and now they have their dream third baseman. That’s why there were 30,000 plus holding out their camera every time he stepped up to the plate on Friday.
You know who else is really damn good? Carlos Rodon.
You know who else easily played (pitched) well enough to break camp with their big league team? Carlos Rodon.
In the same Top Prospects lists that Bryant reigned supreme over, Rodon was a consensus top-15 prospect in baseball. He was definitely ready to join a White Sox rotation that falls off rather noticeably after Chris Sale, Jeff Samardzija, and Jose Quintana.
And yet, the hype behind his call up wasn’t even close to Kris Bryant’s.
Why? Well, it merely confirms that the Cubs will almost always be the bigger baseball story in Chicago. Especially right now, when they’re on the cusp of becoming the perennially competitive team of Theo Epstein’s dreams.
The White Sox had as big of an offseason as the Cubs (if not bigger).
Rodon’s presence is a huge boost for a team that expects to contend in the loaded AL Central. Even though they essentially did the exact same thing as the Cubs, holding down their best prospect for two weeks, the debut of Rodon pales in comparison to the Bryant hoopla on Friday.
Maybe it’s because Bryant’s agent Scott Boras wouldn’t stop bitching about the Cubs delaying his client’s payday (which is his job to do so). Or maybe it’s because no matter what, the Cubs will always be baseball’s better story.
Either way, one thing is for sure.
The call-ups of Chicago’s top prospects couldn’t have been more different.