A late start for me this morning. Before we get to the news, I want to rant a little. I was clearing some brush in my yard over the weekend and got my first ever experience with poison ivy. Holy crap. That mess hurts. Thankfully it’s just on my right shin, but it feels like death. Any home remedies for me? On to the news.

In case you missed it, the Cubs promoted super prospect, Kris Bryant to AAA and he made his debut last night. When the dust cleared on the night, he had done what he always does…hit a home run. What’s exciting to me is that two of the core four of prospects are now just a phone call away in Iowa. Obviously we won’t see Bryant this quick, but you have to admit you’re starting to see the light at the end of the rebuild tunnel. I know I am. I’m still approaching with caution, but it’s hard not to get excited about 2015 and 2016 with these guys on the cusp.

Also promoted was this year’s first round pick, Kyle Schwarber, who spent just five games at short season level ball before being promoted to Kane County. My advice would be to go see him now before he’s moved again. College guys that hit the baseball tend to move through a system fairly quickly. In his five games at Boise, Schwarber hit .600 / .625 / .1350 with four home runs in those five games.

Finally, two more power arms for the bullpen were promoted. The first was my preseason pick to succeed, Arodys Vizcaino. I still maintain that he will make an impact on the Major league roster this year, and now he’s a step closer after being moved up to Iowa with Armando Rivero. Both are guys who could add depth to an already really good bullpen. What that does is free up the ability to move a guy like James Russell before the deadline.

The next few weeks will be an interesting couple weeks.

Finally, for the last few weeks, I’ve been toying with the idea of having a different theme to close a post out each day of the work week. Obviously this would have to include me actually posting each day of the work week, but what I’ve come up with is this.

Minor League Monday – A look at who’s hot over the last week and who’s not

Trivia Tuesday – Pretty self explanatory

Would You Rather Wednesday – Taken from my favorite podcast, the Waddle & Silvy show on ESPN 1000, I’ll give you some questions to answer

Baseball Reference Play Index Thursday – This one will be my favorite day, and I think you’ll see how cool it is once we do it.

Fake Team Friday / Friday Five – I will give you two special things on this day. First will be a look at the season I am simulating in OOTP Baseball with the Cubs. Basically an update on Joe’s Cub rebuild as he plays GM and leads the team to the World Series. Also included will be a top five list of some sort.

Should be fun, so be on the lookout for that and let’s get the series started off right today with a win this afternoon. Don’t look now, but this team is just 10 under .500.

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Joe Aiello is the founder of View From the Bleachers and one of the lead writers as well as host of VFTB Radio. Growing up in Chicago, he fondly remembers attending games in the bleachers before that was the popular thing to do. Currently Joe resides in North Carolina with his wife and three kids. Connect with Joe via Twitter / Facebook / E-mail