Top prospect Kyle Schwarber is rejoining the Cubs

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Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that the Cubs are calling up catcher prospect Kyle Schwarber from Triple-A for his second taste of the big leagues. Chicago’s starting catcher Miguel Montero suffered a thumb injury before the All-Star break and could miss extended time.

Schwarber was up for a brief stint last month, hitting .364 in six games before a pre-planned return to the minors. Now he’s back again after hitting .333 with a 1.036 OPS in 17 games at Triple-A. He previously hit .320 with a 1.017 OPS in 58 games at Double-A and has a lifetime .333 batting average and 1.042 OPS in 147 total games in the minors.

Schwarber was the No. 4 pick in the 2014 draft and ranked as a consensus top-25 prospect coming into the season. He has MVP-caliber potential offensively, although with Miguel Montero signed through 2017 it’s unclear if Schwarber’s long-term home will be at catcher or elsewhere.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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