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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  • Tony_H

    Hopefully Schwarber stays in Kane County long enough for next weekends games in Beloit. Then again, except for wanting to see him play, hopefully not!

    • Richard Hood

      I actually think that KC is where he will spend a lot of time unless they are him playing in the AFL. Just because of the chance of the getting extra at bats through the playoffs. If the Arizona Fall League is in the plan they may get him to Daytona to get some exposure to higher level pitching and also get some kind of break between the season and the beginning of the AFL.

      • Tony_H

        That is pretty much what I have seen as well this morning. But if he keeps up with the video game numbers in Kane County, then they will have to send him to Daytona.

        Of course compare Schwarber to Bryant in Boise.

        Bryant 18 gms 354/416/692/1.108 (4 HR’s)
        Schwarber 5 gms 600/625/1.350/1.975 (4 HR’s)

        Exceeding Bryant’s numbers is very impressive.

        • Richard Hood

          Remember that Bryant took about 6 weeks off so there was a little bit of getting his timing back involved.

          • Tony_H

            Small sample sizes all around, but still fun to see.

            Schwarber has a little over a month head start on Bryant.

          • Richard Hood

            Most definitely I am just trying to be weary because of all these projections I see that has Schwarber in the bigs by 2016. Pump the brakes there kids.

          • Tony_H

            I agree. I see no way he makes if before then. The way the rules work, September call-ups are mostly for borderline guys anymore and not for the top prospects.

            I think the most optimistic view was Board calling for him to be up in June of next year. I never should have sent him the concentrated Cubbie Kool-Aide, I knew some one would drink it straight!

          • Richard Hood

            I just spit my coffee.

          • Richard Hood

            I think Schwarber will be up in the 2nd wave. Probably May/June of 2017 with maybe a couple of the kids from last years IFA class if they keep jumping levels. That should set up nice a long term turn one player in to 3 long term return.

            By that time we will know whether Soler is going to ever be healthy or even on the Cubs and will know which ones can stick in the IF defensively.

            Now I reserve the right to jump that time table up a year if he does a Bryant but right now I think that we need to show some restraint because Bryants time line can not be assumed. He may be a once in lifetime type prospect.

  • Tony_H

    Wan’t Rob Zastryzny already written off as a bust? Maybe we should let him keep pitching since his K/9 is 9.39 (misses bats) yet has only 12 BB in 53.2 IP for the whole season.

    • Richard Hood

      It has taken Z a few months to get his legs under him this year. I really would love for someone to post his velocities. Are they closer to what he was at the end of last year before the draft (94-96) or what he for most of the season (91-93)? The reason he shot up the boards like he did was because the scouts for multiple teams thought that the stuff he was showing late in his college season could be maintained.

      • Richard Hood

        I just saw on Cubs den the he was only hitting 89-91 while struggling early. Hopefully after his DL stint his velo has atleast gotten back into the 91-93 range.

        • Tony_H

          I was just going to say, I have only seen around 90 and believe it was mid-to-upper 80’s earlier in the year.

          • Richard Hood

            With those types of Velocities he is going to have to be exact to succeed. Hopefully he develops a little bit of Mark Burhle so that he can continue to move through the system.

          • Tony_H

            Wasn’t Buerhle the comp when Zastryzny was drafted?

          • Richard Hood

            Yes it was. He needs to be that type of consistent approach just to be in the conversation of a major leaguer. I really hope his velo bounces back so that there is some room for error.

  • Tony_H

    I have been saying this for 2 years, but Mike Trout is the best player in the game.

    Dave’s Top 10….

    Best player in the game? Here’s Dave’s top 10 right now, June 17, 2014:

    1. Mike Trout
    2. Troy Tulowitzki
    3. Giancarlo Stanton
    4. Andrew McCutchen
    5. Jose Bautista
    6. Yasiel Puig
    7. Carlos Gomez
    8. Miguel Cabrera
    9. Jonathan Lucroy
    10. Paul Goldschmidt, Josh Donaldson (tie)

    He reserves the right to change this list on June 18.

    • Richard Hood

      I like that list but Bautista is probably a little high and there is no pitchers on the list so lets say at least Kershaw being at 5 and Bautista being at 9 with Lucroy moving the 10 spot into a 3-way tie.

      • Tony_H

        I would bet not many people would agree on a Top 10 list. Very subjective. But Trout is #1!

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