The Cubs optioned prospect Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa following Sunday’s 8-0 win against the Twins. Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a walk and a two-run single. He finishes his first stint in the major leagues with eight hits, including a triple and a home run, and six RBI in 23 plate appearances.
As the Cubs played two consecutive interleague series on the road, they promoted Schwarber to serve as the team’s DH with the intent of sending him back to the minors.
Schwarber, 22, was taken in the first round (fourth overall) in the 2014 draft and entered the season as one of baseball’s best prospects, drawing a #14 overall rank from Baseball America. Prior to his promotion, he had been hitting .320/.438/.579 with 13 home runs and 39 RBI in 243 PA with Double-A Tennessee.
Jorge Soler has been sidelined since June 1 due to a left ankle sprain, but he’s getting closer to rejoining the Cubs.
According to Tony Andracki of CSNChicago.com, Soler was able to take batting practice yesterday for the first time since the injury. He resumed throwing over the weekend and was recently able to shed his walking boot. He’s likely not far off from a minor league rehab assignment at this point.
After a strong showing during his first stint in the majors this season, the 23-year-old Soler was off to a bit of a slow start prior to the injury, batting .265/.322/.402 with four home runs and 19 RBI over 49 games. Chris Denorfia is playing right field in his absence.
What happens when a position player taking the mound in a blowout pitches to one of the best power-hitting prospects of the past decade?
Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant hit his first career grand slam off Indians outfielder David Murphy, that’s what.
Bryant surprisingly had zero homers in his first 20 games, but since homering for the first time on May 9 he’s hit .311 with eight homers and a .961 OPS in 35 games. Overall he has an .886 OPS in 55 games, which would be the ninth-best OPS in baseball history for a 23-year-old third baseman and the best since Evan Longoria in 2009.