Results tagged ‘ Kyle Schwarber ’

7/18 Roster moves/rehab assignments

In case you missed it, the Cubs made some roster moves:

* Emilio Bonifacio has joined Double-A Tennessee on a rehab assignment. Bonifacio, 29, was batting .261 with 10 doubles, three triples, one homer and 17 RBIs in 61 games before he suffered a strained oblique.

* Kyle Schwarber was promoted from Class A Kane County to high A Daytona. Schwarber hit safely in 15 of the 23 games he played with the Cougars, batting .361 with four home runs and 15 RBIs. He was a catcher, played left and was the designated hitter.

* Kyuji Fujikawa has joined Class A Kane County on a rehab assignment. He’s been rehabbing in Mesa since undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in June 2013.

6/29 Minor matters – Saturday’s games

Kris Bryant had three hits but it wasn’t enough as Iowa lost, 6-0, to Colorado Springs. Eric Jokisch took the loss, giving up six runs on seven hits and three walks over six innings. Bryant is batting .351 with Iowa, and has hit in seven straight games. Arismendy Alcantara had two hits, and also has hit in seven straight games.

Tennessee lost, 2-1, to Jacksonville. Joe Gardner gave up two runs over 4 2/3 innings and took the loss. Jae-Hoon Ha had two hits.

Dan Vogelbach hit his eighth home run, a three-run shot in the third, to help Daytona beat Lakeland, 8-7. Marco Hernandez and Albert Almora each had three hits.

Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam and a solo home run to lead Kane County to a 10-2 win over Beloit. Schwarber is batting .467 with the Cougars. Duane Underwood picked up the win, giving up one run over five innings. Yasiel Balaguert had three hits and three RBIs.

Jesse Hodges had two hits in Boise’s 3-1 loss to Hillsboro.

Richardo Marcano hit a two-run homer in the eighth but it wasn’t enough as Mesa lost, 7-5, to the Athletics. It was Marcano’s first home run.

6/21 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Kyle Hendricks gave up one run on three hits over 7 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 8-3 win over El Paso. Logan Watkins hit a two-run home run and Javier Baez went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Arismendy Alcantara and Matt Szczur had two hits each. Welington Castillo went 1-for-5 with one RBIs in his first rehab game with Iowa.

Rubi Silva and Jonathan Mota hit back to back home runs in the fourth and Charlie Cutler drew a bases-loaded walk-off walk in the 11th to lift Tennessee to a 5-4 win over Chattanooga. It was the third straight walk-off win for the Smokies.

Dan Vogelbach had two hits and two RBIs in Daytona’s 9-3 loss to Brevard County. Gioskar Amaya had two singles and stole a base.

Jeimer Candelario hit a two-run double in the eighth to lift Kane County to a 6-4 win over Cedar Rapids. Jacob Hannemann hit his fourth home run and Kyle Schwarber hit his first since joining the Cougars on Thursday. Schwarber, the Cubs’ No. 1 Draft pick this year, had two hits, including a double.

Kevin Brown had two hits, both doubles, and three RBIs in Boise’s 9-5 loss to Eugene. Erick Leal took the loss, giving up six earned runs over three innings.

6/18 Minor matters

Chris Valaika and Javier Baez both homered but it wasn’t enough as El Paso beat Iowa, 8-5. Eric Jokisch took the loss, giving up five runs over 6 1/3 innings. Baez hit his 11th home run, a three-run blast with two outs in the eighth. Seven of his home runs have come with a man on base, and he leads the team with 38 RBIs. Jokisch did strike out 10, the most for the lefty since he fanned 11 on May 7, 2012, with Daytona.

Kris Bryant, Hunter Cervenka, P.J. Francescon and Armando Rivero all appeared for the North team in the Southern League All-Star Game. Bryant was 1-for-5. Tennessee will resume play on Thursday against Chattanooga.

Rob Zastryzny gave up one run over 6 2/3 innings in Daytona’s 1-0 loss to Tampa. Daytona totaled four hits, and went 0-for-10 with RISP.

Jordan Hankins and Paul Blackburn represented Kane County at the Midwest League All-Star Game. Hankins went 0-for-2. Kane County returns to action Thursday at home against Cedar Rapids. Expect Cubs first-round pick Kyle Schwarber to be there. He was promoted after batting .600 in five games with short-season Boise.

Schwarber hit a pair of home runs in his last game with Boise, a 12-3 win over Tri-City. His blasts were two of five by the Hawks in the game. Jeffrey Baez (no relation to Javier) led off the game with a home run, Justin Marra hit his second, and Daniel Canela hit his first. Schwarber had 12 hits in five games. Schwarber was on the Boise bus headed for Eugene, Ore., and an eight-game road trip when he got the news.

6/17 Schwarber to Kane County

Kyle Schwarber, the fourth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, homered twice Tuesday, leading short-season Boise to a 12-3 victory against Tri-City. And his effort earned him a promotion. The Cubs announced that Schwarber has been promoted to Class A Kane County, and was expected to join the team on Wednesday. Five games into his pro career, he was 12-for-20 with four home runs, seven runs and 10 RBIs.

“It sounds like he’s doing well,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Hopefully it continues for him. … Good for him. I’m sure he’s very excited. It sounds like he’s a kid who just wants to play ball.”

– Carrie Muskat

6/14 Minor matters – Friday’s games

Dallas Beeler served up six runs over 6 2/3 innings in Iowa’s 7-5 loss to Sacramento. Ryan Kalish hit a bases-loaded trip, driving in three runs.

Dustin Geiger hit a two-run homer to lift Tennessee to an 8-2 win over Mississippi. Geiger finished with three RBIs. Kris Bryant had a hit and picked up his league-leading 57th RBIs.

Daytona is off for the Florida State League All-Star Game.

Yasiel Balaguert hit his fourth home run but it wasn’t enough as Kane County lost 3-2 to Beloit. Paul Blackburn gave up two runs on four hits over five innings.

What a debut. Kyle Schwarber hit his first pro home run, going 3-for-4 with three RBIs, in Boise’s 4-2 win over Tri-City in the season opener. Schwarber belted a three-run shot with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. Schwarber was the Cubs’ first-round pick in the June 5 Draft. David Bote had three hits.

“It’s awesome that it came at that point,” Schwarber told the Idaho Statesman.

This was one of Schwarber’s first games with a wooden bat. What’s also impressive is that Schwarber admitted to having a few butterflies.

“Anyone who plays their first game is going to have jitters,” Schwarber said. “I’m not going to lie, I had them.”

6/11 Cubs sign Schwarber – UPDATED

The Cubs signed first-round pick, Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, who was selected fourth overall in the First-Year Player Draft. The Cubs had an allotment of $4.6 million to spend on their first-round pick, but came to an agreement at $3.125 million. Schwarber will join Class A Boise in time for the season opener on Friday.

By signing Schwarber at that amount, the Cubs were expected to use the money on some of the high school pitchers they selected in the Draft.

Schwarber was in Chicago this week to undergo a physical and meet with Cubs officials. He tweeted on Sunday that he was “Chicago bound” and asked for recommendations on places to eat in the city.

This is the third straight year the Cubs have picked a position player in the first round of the Draft.

– Carrie Muskat

6/9 Schwarber in Chicago

Catcher Kyle Schwarber, selected fourth overall in the First-Year Player Draft, may be close to signing with the Cubs. Schwarber tweeted on Sunday that he was “Chicago bound” and asked for recommendations on places to eat in the city. The Indiana catcher is most likely in Chicago for more than just a steak dinner.

The Cubs had an allotment of $4.6 million to spend on their first-round pick, but most likely came to an agreement with Schwarber on less. Some have estimated the catcher would sign for $3 million. An announcement could come as early as this week.

– Carrie Muskat

6/5 Cubs pick C Kyle Schwarber

With the fourth pick overall in the First-Year Player Draft, the Cubs selected Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber. It’s the third straight year the Cubs have taken a position player in the first round. Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein chose outfielder Albert Almora in 2012 and third baseman Kris Bryant in 2013.

One of three finalists for the Johnny Bench Award, presented to the top Division I catcher in the country, Schwarber batted .358 with 14 home runs, 48 RBIs and a .659 slugging percentage his junior year at Indiana. In his final eight games for the Hoosers, he batted .469 (15-for-32) with four home runs, 12 RBIs and a .938 slugging percentage. He was named the Big Ten tournament’s most outstanding player and selected to the all-tournament team at the NCAA Bloomington Regional.

A native of Middletown, Ohio, the junior was majoring in recreational sports management at Indiana. In high school, he was a four-time MVP, and second team All-Ohio linebacker.

“I was 8 or 10, and I was a catcher,” Schwarber told the Cincinnati Enquirer, “and my grandmother said to me, ‘I want you to be like Johnny Bench.’ I said, ‘Who’s Johnny Bench?’ She said, ‘The best catcher to ever play the game.’ She told me all about him.”

Schwarber did meet Bench during a national tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y., and had a picture taken with the Hall of Famer.

He was not drafted out of high school.

“In football, the middle linebacker is the field captain, and it’s the same for a catcher in baseball — you’re the field manager,” he told the Enquirer. “You control the staff — they trust you, and you trust them — and you have to know where everyone’s playing. You direct. It’s a big responsibility. I love it.”

Hoosiers baseball coach Tracy Smith’s wife, Jamie, is from Middletown, and urged her husband to look at the catcher.

“It’s still amazing when I think back to recruiting him,” Smith told the Indianapolis Star last year. “It wasn’t like we had to beat out a bunch of people to get him. He was a relatively unknown player, thank goodness.”

Whether Schwarber will be a catcher in the big leagues remains to be seen. He loves the role.

“Catching is what I really want to be doing,” he said. “There’s no other position I want to play. I like catching because it’s down and dirty and gritty. It’s an awesome position.”

In 2013, he was selected the best catcher in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He actually became a catcher because of his attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. In an interview with the Indianapolis Star, he said he couldn’t focus at any other position.

“I was the kid who was all over the place, left and right,” Schwarberg said.

The Draft continues on Friday with Rounds 3-10. The MLB.com pregame show begins at 12:30p ET, with exclusive coverage of Rounds 3-10 beginning at 1p ET.

– Carrie Muskat

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