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Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber named MVP of the 2015 Futures Game


Per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber was named MVP of the 2015 Futures Game after going 1-for-3 with a two-run triple, helping the U.S. Futures Team beat the World Futures Team 10-1 on Sunday at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.

Schwarber, 22, made his major league debut earlier this season and hit .364/.391/.591 with one home run and six RBI in six games, serving primarily as the DH in two interleague series. Since his demotion to Triple-A Iowa, he has hit .333/.403/.633 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 67 plate appearances.

Schwarber entered the season rated as baseball’s 19th-best prospect by Baseball America.

Mike Olt is finally healthy, but now he’s blocked on the Cubs by Kris Bryant

Chicago Cubs pinch-hitter Mike Olt (20) strikes out against the Colorado Rockies in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, April 12, 2015, in Denver. The Cubs won 6-5. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Third baseman Mike Olt fracturing his right wrist in mid-April is what led to the Cubs calling up Kris Bryant from Triple-A to take over the position on the same day he went on the DL, but now that Olt is healthy again Bryant’s presence means there isn’t room for him in Chicago.

Bryant has thrived as a rookie, hitting .275 with 12 homers and an .859 OPS in 75 games to live up to the hype as baseball’s No. 1 prospect, so the Cubs activated Olt from the disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A.

Olt put up big numbers at Single-A and Double-A to establish himself as a top-100 prospect, but he’s mostly struggled for the past 2-3 seasons and has hit just .158 in 111 games as a big leaguer for the Rangers and Cubs. At age 27 he still has time to get back on track, but Olt needs to go crush Triple-A pitching for a while.

Todd Frazier is the favorite to win the Home Run Derby

Todd Frazier, Josh Thole

If you’re betting on the Home Run Derby you probably need to reexamine your life choices. But if you reexamine them and nonetheless decide that you need to bet on the Home Run Derby, here are the current odds being offered:

Todd Frazier: 7/2
Kris Bryant: 5/1
Prince Fielder: 11/2
Albert Pujols: 6/1
Anthony Rizzo: 13/2
Josh Donaldson: 7/1
Joc Pederson: 7/1
Manny Machado: 7/1

I feel like the oddsmakers are selling Joc Pederson short. He may be struggling at the plate now, but he has a crazy big swing and power. Given that people are going to be throwing him 40 m.p.h. meatballs, I feel like he’ll do some damage. And Prince Fielder has won the dang thing a couple of times. I wouldn’t be shocked if he put one in the Ohio River.

Still: I agree, Frazier is the man the beat. His home park and all of his shots are bombs.