CHICAGO (AP) Prized prospect Kris Bryant looks to be on his way to the Chicago Cubs.
Multiple outlets reported Thursday night that Bryant will be called up before Friday's home game against the San Diego Padres, clearing the way for his much-anticipated major league debut.
The Cubs would not comment, but Bryant wrote on Twitter that his ''dream is coming true'' and that he is ''so excited for this journey.''
Bryant and agent Scott Boras made it clear they were not happy that he opened the season in the minors. He had a dominant spring training, but by waiting to call him up, the Cubs gained an extra year of control before he can hit free agency.
Friday is Day 13 of the season, which means Bryant could at most accumulate 171 days or of major league service. Because 172 days counts as a year, keeping him in the minor leagues through Thursday ensured he would not be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season.
Bryant hit .425 for the Cubs in spring training with nine homers and 15 RBIs in 40 at-bats.
He was hitting .321 with three homers and 10 RBIs in 28 at-bats with Triple-A Iowa.
The Cubs need a third baseman with Mike Olt sidelined with a wrist injury.