Theo Epstein, President of Baseball Operations for the Cubs, made the bold move to bring up valued hitter Kyle Schwarber.
By: Peter Elliott – Lead NFL and MLB Writer – @redsoxforever42
The 22-year-old owns a .333/.432/.610 slash line, comprised of 31 home runs, 92 RBIs, in 129 career games with four Cubs Minor League affiliates. The Indiana University product was the fourth overall selection in the 2014 MLB Draft and will join the club in Chicago on Tuesday.
The plan for Schwarber will be to send him down to Triple-AAA after an initial brief stint with the Major League club. Theo Epstein wrote about his plan for Schwarber in a prepared text message saying,
“Kyle has had a tremendous developmental year so far behind the plate, with the bat and as a leader. His next step is to continue his development as a catcher in Triple-AAA. 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.”
The question for Schwarber, is not in his hitting, rather his ability to play catcher. Schwarber has allowed seven passed balls and has made five errors behind the plate. To fix that problem, Chicago could move him to Outfield, somewhere he’s played more comfortably throughout his career.
Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.