Anthony Rizzo will make his debut with the Cubs Tuesday at Wrigley Field. As Cubs fans will get their first look at the top prospect, let's take a look back at the journey Rizzo has had in 2012.
Rizzo ended 2011 in a sort of no-man's-land, as the Padres had just acquired first baseman Yonder Alonso and Rizzo's path to the big leagues was blocked. That prompted Bill Center, a Padres beat writer, to explain in a chat that he felt Chicago was the ultimate destination for Rizzo.
That turned out to be correct, as the Cubs dealt Andrew Cashner and minor-league outfielder Kyung-Min Na to the Padres for Rizzo and right-hander Zach Cates during the first week of 2012.
At the time, we wondered whether Rizzo was worth giving up Cashner, and Rizzo tweeted his reaction to the trade. Cubs GM Jed Hoyer said after the trade that Bryan LaHair would start the season as the first baseman, with Rizzo in Triple-A.
CSN analyst and 12-year MLB veteran Todd Hollandsworth weighed in on the Rizzo deal, calling it a "very good trade." Rizzo's arrival pushed Brett Jackson immediately as the Cubs' top prospect.
As the slugger became a part of the Cubs' roster, the stories came fast and furious:
Jan. 14: Rizzo looking forward to his shot whenever he gets it
Jan. 21: Rizzo rated No. 1 first base prospect
Jan. 25: Cubs net three prospects in MLB's Top 100
Feb. 1: Baseball America's version of the Cubs' top prospects
Feb. 14: Jackson, Rizzo among impact rookies of '12
Feb. 16: Rizzo on being traded twice in brief career
Feb. 28: Rizzo, Vitters have something to prove with Cubs
Feb. 29: Could both LaHair and Rizzo find way into Cubs lineup?
Mar. 1: Cubs should wait on Jackson, Rizzo
Mar. 8: The search for the elusive lefty power bat
Mar. 23: Jackson and Rizzo won't be down for long
April 7: Cubs keeping their eyes on Jackson, Rizzo
April 24: Cubs minor-league roundup -- Week 3
April 30: Kaplan: Cubs shouldn't rush prospects
May 2: Rizzo named Cubs' minor-league player of the month
May 7: Cardenas begins youth movement from Triple-A Iowa
May 9: Kaplan: Cubs minor league report
May 16: Cubs minor league update: Rizzo still raking
May 20: The decision: Rizzo talks about to heat up for Cubs
May 22: Kaplan: No need to rush Rizzo
May 22: Rizzo continues to impress in Iowa
May 22: Cubs minor league update: Jackson still struggling
May 24: Anthony Rizzo is getting ready for takeoff
May 27: Keep waiting: Cubs not calling up Rizzo just yet
May 28: Hoyer knows Rizzo can't be the savior for Cubs
May 30: This time, Cubs think Rizzo can live up to the hype
June 1: Cubs keeping Rizzo in holding pattern
June 4: Don't look for Rizzo when Cubs play interleague
June 7: Minor league updates on Rizzo, Jackson, Jokisch
June 8: Rizzo, Vitters aren't options for Cubs yet
June 12: With Rizzo on horizon, Rowson is choice for next generation
June 12: Rizzo leaves Tuesday's game with leg injury
June 14: Cubs minor-league roundup
June 18: Cubs clearing the path for Anthony Rizzo
June 20: Soriano will welcome Rizzo with open arms
June 20: Cubs minor league round-up: Rizzo still hot
June 20: What is Rizzo getting himself into?
June 22: Sveum: No Rizzo this weekend in Arizona
June 23: Cubs notes: Still no Rizzo, but talk of his arrival continues
June 24: Cubs limp home knowing help is on the way
June 24: Kap: Rizzo to debut Tuesday?
June 25: The time is now for Cubs, Rizzo
June 25: Why did Rizzo struggle in San Diego?
June 25: Who is Anthony Rizzo?
June 25: Cubs final lineup card before Rizzo era begins
June 26: ???
Stay tuned. There will be plenty more to come.