“The Year of the Call-Up” continues, as Jesse Rogers of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs are set to promote Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee. However, he’s not expected to stick around for long.
The Cubs will play five out of their next six games under American League rules, first against the Indians and then this weekend against the Twins. With that in mind, the team thought this was a good time to break him in as a designated hitter, left-handed bench bat, and third catcher. Cubs president Theo Epstein told Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com that he’ll be sent to Triple-A Iowa after this week regardless of the results, but he’s obviously someone who could resurface before long.
Schwarber, 22, was selected No. 4 overall in last year’s draft and owns a .333/.432/.610 batting line with 31 home runs over his first 129 games in pro ball. Baseball America ranked him as the No. 19 prospect in the game on their preseason list.