Cubs recall top prospect Bryant

Bryant was the second overall pick by the Cubs in the 2013 MLB Draft. Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Cubs recalled third baseman Kris Bryant from Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

Widely considered the top prospect in baseball, Bryant will bat cleanup for the Cubs in his big-league debut against the San Diego Padres on Friday.

Rarely does a player take his first at-bat from the cleanup spot in the order, but the expectations for Bryant are such that it actually is not all that surprising. He is a prototypical middle of the order hitter with tremendous power, as his major league-best nine home runs during spring training, and minor league-best 43 combined home runs at Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa last season show.

With less than 172 days remaining in the season, the Cubs can now recall Bryant and delay his free agency by another year.

Recalling Bryant was made necessary because of injuries to infielders Mike Olt and Tommy La Stella. Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist. La Stella is dealing with a rib injury.