Results tagged ‘ Kyle Schwarber ’

3/9 Extra bases

* Kyle Schwarber is learning how to catch. On Sunday in the ninth inning in a pinch-hit at-bat, he showed he can run. The Cubs prospect lofted a ball to shallow right center against the Rangers, and was nearly at second base when the ball was dropped. Schwarber ended up at third on the error.

“That was spectacular,” manager Joe Maddon said Monday of Schwarber’s base running. “Every time he goes up there, he takes a good swing, first of all, then he hits the ball relatively good, just gets underneath it, but doesn’t mail it in. The guy drops the ball and he makes it to third base easily. I’d say most of the time, guys end up on second base and maybe even second base under duress. He made it to third base easily and I thought it was spectacular.”

Schwarber, who hit a grand slam in his first spring at-bat, which just happened to be on his 22nd birthday, was recruited to play linebacker by some Division I schools.

“I just go out there every day to try to prove people wrong — that’s my mindset,” Schwarber said. “No one thinks I can run; I’ll run as hard as I can. No one thinks I can catch; I’ll catch as hard as I can. I want to be perfect back there.”

* Jorge Soler has not played for two days but that’s part of the Cubs plan to avoid any leg injuries which slowed the outfielder last season.

* Tsuyoshi Wada was limited to one inning Sunday because of some discomfort in the inner thigh of his left leg. Wada missed time earlier this spring because of a left hamstring problem. The left-hander will likely be held back in drills to give him time to heal.

* In the movie, “Back to the Future, Part II,” Michael J. Fox’s character travels forward in time to the year 2015 and discovers the Cubs won the World Series. If that does happen this year, an Illinois car museum will give a winner the exhibit model of a 1981 DeLorean. Maddon was aware of the movie’s prediction. He’s also a fan of classic cars.

“Interesting car, I remember when it came out,” Maddon said. “If it has all the bells and whistles, you definitely want that car.”

— Carrie Muskat

2/6 Cubs non-roster invitees

The Cubs have invited the following 19 non-roster players to Major League Spring Training, which begins next Thursday when pitchers and catchers report in advance of the first formal workout on Feb. 20 in Mesa, Ariz.

Here’s the breakdown:

RHPs: Daniel Bard, Corey Black, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, Pierce Johnson, Armando Rivero and Donn Roach

LHPs: Francisley Bueno and Hunter Cervenka

Infielders: Kris Bryant, Jonathan Herrera, Addison Russell, Chris Valaika and Logan Watkins (injured).

Outfielders: Albert Almora, Mike Baxter and Adron Chambers.

Catchers: Kyle Schwarber and Taylor Teagarden.

Position players are to report Feb. 24 with Joe Maddon’s first full squad workout scheduled for Feb. 25.

9/22 Instructional League

The regular season may be winding down, but for 60 plus players, there’s more work to do as the Cubs three-week instructional league gets underway on Monday in Mesa, Ariz. The Cubs are changing the format this year, and will spend more time on drills and instruction than games, which won’t begin until Oct. 6. Camp ends Oct. 11. Among the players participating are first-round Draft pick Kyle Schwarber; catcher Victor Caratini, acquired from the Braves in the Bonifacio/Russell deal; Billy McKinney, acquired from the A’s in the Samardzija/Hammel deal; and Jonathan Martinez, acquired in the Darwin Barney trade.

Besides Schwarber, here are the other Cubs Draft picks scheduled to participate:

Jake Stinnett
Mark Zagunis
Carson Sands
Justin Steele
James Norwood
Tommy Thorpe
James Farris
Ryan Williams
Tanner Griggs
Kevonte Mitchell
Chesny Young
Jeremy Null
Jason Voster
Michael Knighton
Austyn Willis
Charles White
Zach Hedges
Jordan Minch

9/4 Schwarber, Johnson honored

The Cubs named Class A Daytona catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Double-A Tennessee right-handed pitcher Pierce Johnson as the Minor League player and pitcher of the month for August, respectively.

Schwarber, 21, batted .330 with 20 runs, 14 walks, eight doubles, eight homers, and 17 RBIs in 28 August games. He compiled a 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 14-27, going 25-for-60 (.417) with nine multi-hit efforts and 14 RBIs in that stretch. Schwarber hit six home runs, connecting in five straight games Aug. 21-24. A left-handed hitter, he posted a .403 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage, good for a 1.063 OPS, and was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for Aug. 18-24.

In 72 games this season between short-season Boise, Class A Kane County and Daytona, Schwarber batted .344 (90-for-262) with 55 runs, 39 walks, 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 53 RBIs. He played 36 games in left field and 20 games behind the plate, throwing out 11 of 32 (34 percent) stolen base attempts. He drove in six runs in Daytona’s two-game sweep of Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs.

Schwarber is completing his first pro season after he was selected by the Cubs in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2014 Draft.

Johnson, 23, went 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA (6 ER/31 1/3 IP) with 34 strikeouts and a 1.12 WHIP in six August starts for Tennessee. His .186 opponent batting average ranked fourth-lowest among Southern League pitchers while his 1.72 ERA ranked fifth-lowest. He recorded three-straight scoreless starts, Aug. 3-15, going 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and just six hits and six walks allowed in 16.0 innings.

In his third pro campaign, Johnson posted a 2.54 ERA (29 ER/102 2/3 IP) in 20 games (19 starts) between Kane County and Tennessee. Johnson was 4-3 with a 1.80 ERA (13 ER/65 IP) and a .187 batting average against in his final 12 starts for the Smokies beginning July 2.

Johnson was selected in the sandwich round (43rd overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Missouri State University. He is 16-11 with a 2.68 ERA (69 ER/232 IP), 237 strikeouts, and 103 walks in 49 career minor league outings (46 starts).

9/3 Minor matters – Tuesday’s games

* On Tuesday, Kris Bryant was named USA Today’s Minor League Player of the Year. He batted a combined .325 at Tennessee and Iowa, hitting 43 home runs, and finishing with 110 RBIs. Iowa finished the regular season with a 74-70 record.

* Tennessee finished the regular season with a 66-73 record.

* Kyle Schwarber hit a grand slam with two outs in the fourth to help Daytona beat Dunedin, 11-1, in the first game of the Florida State League North Championship. Dan Vogelbach had two hits, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Bijan Rademacher was 3-for-3 with three RBIs. Rob Zastryzny picked up the win, giving up one run over six innings. Tayler Scott gets the start Wednesday in Game 2 of the best of three series.

* Kane County opens the first round of the Midwest League playoffs on Wednesday at Wisconsin. Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.40 ERA) gets the start.

* Boise lost 5-2 to Hillsboro in the first game of the Northwest League divisional series. Jake Stinnett gave up one unearned run over five innings. Alex Tomasovich led off the third with a solo home run. Boise committed four errors, contributing to two unearned runs. Jeremy Null (2-0, 1.29) starts Wednesday in Game 2.

9/2 Daytona 11, Dunedin 1

Led by Kyle Schwarber and Dan Vogelbach, the Cubs’ Nos. 7 and 11 prospects, Class A Daytona defeated Dunedin, 11-1, Tuesday in Game 1 of their Florida State League semifinals series.

Vogelbach scored the first run of the game in the second and then built on the lead with a two-out, two-run homer in the third. Schwarber broke the game open the next inning with a two-out, opposite-field grand slam, which gave Daytona a 9-0 lead.

Schwarber, ranked No. 75 on’s Top 100 Prospects list, finished the game 1-for-5 with a run and four RBIs. He primarily has played left field since the Cubs made him the fourth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, but served Tuesday as Daytona’s designated hitter.

Vogelbach went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and two RBIs. Outfielder Billy McKinney, the Cubs’ No. 8 prospect, added two hits and two runs.

The best-of-three series continues Wednesday with Game 2 at Dunedin. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET. If necessary, Game 3 would be played Thursday at Dunedin at 6:30 p.m. ET.

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.