This past Sunday, Chicago Cubs top prospect Kyle Schwarber was named MVP of the Futures Game after hitting a two-run triple. Five days later, the fourth overall pick in last year’s draft appears to be heading to the join the Chicago Cubs in Atlanta, Jonathan Mayo first reported.
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With incumbent catcher Miguel Montero hitting the disabled list with a thumb injury, and Schwarber having had a successful major league cameo last month, the Cubs have decided to recall their prized catcher ahead of Friday’s series opener in Atlanta.
During his brief stint as designated hitter last month, Schwarber went 8-for-22 with a homer and six RBI in six games, leaving Cubs fans clamoring for more of the young prospect. Nevertheless, after his week was up, Schwarber was sent back to Triple-A Iowa to work on his catching skills, which are considered to be a major project.
Schwarber’s bat is ready now, however — at Triple-A, Schwarber slashed an impressive .333/.403/.633 with three homers and 10 RBI in 17 games.
Despite his impressive offensive numbers, with two healthy catchers in David Ross and Taylor Teagarden also on the major league roster, it is unclear at this point what the 22-year-old’s role will be upon arriving in Atlanta. Schwarber has had some experience playing the outfield in past, which could lead to a few starts over the struggling Dexter Fowler (.232/.308/.369) or Chris Coghlan (.245/.343/.410).
Montero’s injury is expected to sideline him for several weeks, which leaves the door open for Schwarber to take advantage of this sudden opening and stick on the roster through August and into September, when rosters expand and the Cubs could be in the thick of the race for a Wildcard spot.