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.