Cubs Promote Kyle Schwarber to Kane County and News from Down on the Farm

The Cubs announced Tuesday night that Kyle Schwarber had been promoted to the Kane County Cougars. The Cubs first round draft pick hit the cover off the baseball in a short time in the Northwest League. Schwarber officially signed with the Cubs on June 11.

Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a double and two home runs Tuesday afternoon in what turned out to be his last game with the Boise Hawks. Schwarber played in five games for the Hawks and it will be interesting to see how he handles pitching at the next level.

Kyle Schwarber went 12-for-20 with one double, one triple, four home runs and two walks in five games for a .600/.625/1.350 slash line with a 1.975 OPS. Schwarber played left field Tuesday and ended up catching two games, playing left field twice and was the Hawks’ designated hitter for one game.

Schwarber is expected to report to Kane County Wednesday and be ready for Thursday’s game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark against Cedar Rapids.

The Cubs are expected to announce the signings of Mark Zagunis, Carson Sands, Justin Steele and Jordan Brink, along with other draft picks this week.

Kris Bryant and the Smokies All Stars

A day after winning the Home Run Derby, Kris Bryant lined up at third base for the North Division squad in the Southern League All-Star game. The South beat the North 6-4 and Bryant went 1-for-5 in the game. Bryant singled to center in his second at bat and rolled into a 6-4-3 double play in his third at bat.

Hunter Cervenka gave up a hit in his two-thirds of an inning and P.J. Francescon allowed one run on one hit with three walks in one inning. Armando Rivero lit up the radar gun in the ninth inning and collected two strikeouts while allowing one hit.

Rob Zastryzny

Rob Zastryzny, the Cubs second round pick in last year’s draft, had another good outing Tuesday night … and has quietly turned his season around.

Zastryzny gave up one run on three hits with one walk Tuesday. Zastryzny struck out six batters in 6 2/3 innings and was lifted after he hit his pitch count limit.

After a miserable start to the season, Rob Zastryzny is 0-2 in his last three starts with a 2.41 ERA and a 0.75 WHIP. Zastryzny has allowed five runs on 12 hits in his last 18 2/3 innings with two walks and 19 strikeouts.

News and Notes

Marty Pevey told the Des Moines Register that Manny Ramirez will probably report to Iowa next week. Pevey said Ramirez still has to “get his baseball legs into shape.”

Javier Baez hit a three-run homer Tuesday night, his 11th longball of the season. Baez went ice cold at the plate while the I-Cubs were out West.

 

Paul Johnson spoke with Kane County’s new owner, Dr. Bob Froehlich, and he said “there’s no higher priority” than maintaining the affiliation with the Cubs. Dr. Froehlich also told Johnson that the Cougars success this season reflects the job Mark Johnson has done with the team.

Kane County shows Cubs getting to top starts at the bottom according to a report from Paul Johnson.

Joey Martarano told the Idaho Statesman that he planned to sign his contract with the Cubs after he flew to Arizona on Monday to take his physical. The Cubs selected Martarano in the 22rd round of the draft. Once Martarano is signed, which should be a signing bonus of around $100,000, he should spend time at the Cubs facility in Mesa getting in baseball shape.

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