#Cubs to promote Schwarber for 6 games
Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs’ top pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, will be promoted to the big league team for six days to be the designated hitter in Interleague games at Cleveland and at Minnesota.
Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, announced the move after Schwarber’s game with Double-A Tennessee Monday night.
“Kyle has had a tremendous developmental year so far behind the plate, with the bat, and as a leader,” Epstein said. “His next stop is to continue his development as a catcher at Triple-A. First, however, he is going to join the Major League team for six days to contribute as a designated hitter, as a bat off the bench, and as a third catcher.”
Epstein said this brief stint in the big leagues should benefit Schwarber, 22.
“He will also use the time in the big leagues to experience first-hand all that goes into being a Major League catcher,” Epstein said. “Regardless of how this week goes, Kyle will head to Triple-A after Sunday’s game.”
The Cubs play two games against the Indians, starting Wednesday, and then have a three-game series against the Twins.
Schwarber went 2-for-5 on MOnday with three RBIs, and was batting .320 at Tennessee. He has hit 13 home runs, 10 doubles and one triple with 39 RBIs. In the Cubs’ two games in Detroit, Miguel Montero and Mike Baxter were the designated hitters.
— Carrie Muskat