Chicago Cubs Should Call Up Anthony Rizzo, Move Bryan LaHair to the Outfield

Eli GreenspanSenior Analyst IMay 19, 2012

Anthony Rizzo is far and away the most exciting player in the Cubs organization. 

Rizzo is hitting .353 with 14 home runs, has a .416 OBP in 150 at-bats and is getting hot again, hitting .350 in his last 10 games with seven home runs, 14 RBI, four extra-base hits and a K-BB ratio of 6-to-4. 

There is no doubt Rizzo will be joining the Cubs in the very near future. Their upcoming schedule forces the front office to consider the options.

Should they call up Anthony Rizzo now with the Padres and Red Sox looming, or ride out Alfonso Soriano's little burst of life until a more fluid situation presents itself?

While I'd love to see Rizzo in Chicago tomorrow, you know the Red Sox and Padres have a detailed dossier on Rizzo. His two former organizations know what he is capable of, and I'm sure they would love to see him do well in the majors.

But that doesn't mean they would be as kind, exploiting weaknesses they discovered long before the Cubs ever did.

It would be nice to see Rizzo get another 50 or so at-bats, which would also give the Cubs time to test Bryan LaHair in the outfield during interleague play, presumably with Alfonso Soriano at DH. David DeJesus can play center field, so the only person who would lose significant time from LaHair moving to the outfield is Tony Campana.

The Cubs would be overloaded with left-handed bats, but it's not like Rizzo is struggling against lefties, hitting .304 with four home runs. It'll be interesting to see how the Cubs approach the lefty-righty situation.

The Cubs run the risk of him struggling and then sending him back down to Triple-A, so waiting another two to three weeks would give the Cubs time to let the crowded roster work itself out.