Q&A: Cubs prospect Anthony Rizzo

Chicago's top prospect, a first baseman for the Iowa Cubs, is a cancer survivor
by Ed Godfrey Published: June 5, 2012

Iowa first baseman Anthony Rizzo is a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs' farm system.

For both April and May, Rizzo was the Chicago Cubs' Minor League Player of the Month, hitting .326 in May with 10 home runs and 23 RBIs.

Before Tuesday night's game against the RedHawks, the left-handed slugger was hitting .363 on the season with 17 home runs.

Rizzo, 22, missed nearly a week with a sore wrist before returning to the Iowa lineup for the four-game series against Oklahoma City that concluded Tuesday night.

He also is a cancer survivor. In 2008, Rizzo was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma and underwent six months of chemotherapy.

Q: How is the wrist?

A: It's fine. No problems at all. It's as good as it's going to be.

Did you feel any rust coming back to the lineup?

Yeah. I'm getting back into the grind of things and back in the flow.

You were player of the month for both April and May in the Cubs' farm system. Have you ever swung the bat any better than you did the first two months of the season?

I don't know. I don't really look at it like that. I just look at it from day by day and taking consistent at-bats.

How eager are you to get called up to the big leagues by the Chicago Cubs?

Everyone is eager down here in the minor leagues. I am probably about as eager as everybody else is in the organization.

Do you get anxious waiting for the phone call?

Not at all. It's fun in the clubhouse here. We keep it fun.

How do you deal with the hype and expectations of being considered the top prospect for the Cubs?

I don't look at it like that. I just come in and try to be a good person and good teammate and have fun and play the game the right way and let everything else take care of itself.

Do you get hounded by autograph seekers and Chicago Cub fans at the different parks in the Pacific Coast League?

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by Ed Godfrey
Reporter Sr.
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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