Kyle Schwarber Named FSL Offensive Player of the Week and Cubs Minor League News

Kyle Schwarber earned Player of the Week honors for the third time this season and for the third different league after putting together a huge week for the Daytona Cubs. Schwarber was named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday afternoon.

Kyle Schwarber extended his hitting streak to 12 games during a week in which he hit home runs in five straight games. And Schwarber capped his run of longballs with two on Sunday to give him six homers in five games. Schwarber was 15-for-30 in eight games (.500/.529/1.333) and 11 of Schwarber’s 15 hits went for extra bases, four doubles and seven home runs for a 1.863 OPS. Schwarber walked three times, struck out four times and even swiped a base.

Kyle Schwarber has the second best slugging percentage in the minors (.671), behind only Kris Bryant.

Kyle Schwarber was the Northwest League Player of the Week for June 13-22 and the Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week for June 23-29.

Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber was not only named Florida State League Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, but he was also named MLB Pipeline’s Hitting Prospect of the Week.

PrintIn eight games, Kyle Schwarber was 15-for-30 with four doubles, seven home runs, eight runs scored and 13 RBI (.500/.529/1.333). Schwarber had a 1.863 OPS for the week.

Mark Johnson

Mark Johnson was named Midwest League Manager of the Year Monday for the exceptional job he has done with the Kane County Cougars this season.

Mark Johnson has led the Cougars throughout all of the changes this season to an 87-46 record, two wins short of the most victories in franchise history. The Cougars have had 50 different players on its roster this season, not counting players on Major League rehab and the team has lost 15 players from the 25-man Opening Day roster.

Rick Renteria was the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1999 when he was the skipper of the Kane County Cougars.

All-PCL Team

Tsuyoshi Wada, Arismendy Alcantara and Blake Parker were voted to the All-PCL Team by the league’s managers and broadcasters. Iowa has three players on the All-PCL Team for the first time.

Arismendy Alcantara was named as the top second baseman in the league, Tsuyoshi Wada the best left-handed starter in the PCL and Blake Parker received the honor of being named the best reliever in the league.

Before his promotion to the big leagues, Arismendy Alcantara hit .307/.353/.537 in 89 games with Iowa that included 25 doubles, 11 triples, 10 home runs and a .890 OPS.  The Cubs called Alcantara up to the majors on July 9 and he still leads the PCL in triples (11).

Arismendy Alcantara is currently batting .228/.286/.359 with the Cubs and has hit eight doubles, a triple and four home runs in 41 games.

Tsuyoshi Wada was 10-6 in 19 games, 18 starts, for the Iowa Cubs. Wada struck out 120 batters in 113 2/3 innings while allowing 104 hits with only 28 walks (2.77 ERA, 1.16 WHIP).

Wada improved to 4-1 in the majors with Sunday’s win over the Orioles. Wada has made eight starts for the Cubs and has allowed 14 runs, 13 earned, on 37 hits with 11 walks an 41 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings (2.56 ERA, 1.05 WHIP).

Blake Parker has been very good for the I-Cubs this year. In 33 games out of Iowa’s pen, Parker is 0-1 with 23 saves and a 1.91 ERA with a 1.15 WHIP. Parker has struggled in the big leagues and is 1-1 in 10 games with a 6.08 ERA and a 1.35 WHIP (nine runs on 14 hits with four walks and 15 strikeouts in 13 1/3 innings).

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  • Jeff Wilson

    “Schwarber was 15-for-30 in eight games (.500/.529/1.333) and 11 of Schwarber’s 15 hits went for extra bases, four doubles and seven home runs for a 1.863 OPS”
    my jaw just hit the keyboard!

  • Jeffrey Rogers

    How can Bryant not be on the All PCL team?

  • Jeff Wilson

    “Rick Renteria was the Midwest League Manager of the Year in 1999 when he was the skipper of the Kane County Cougars.”
    A stat that I did not know! :-)

  • chadman07

    It appears after a little slump in Daytona, Kyle has made the adjustments and is on a tear at the moment. Great to see our top guns hit that proverbial wall, but then show that resolve and come out swingin.

    • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

      My favorite part of the report…

      “Kyle Schwarber has the second best slugging percentage in the minors (.671), behind only Kris Bryant.”

      I could see that being a common sentence in the near future at the MLB level. Likely to also say “Mike Trout,” in there too. I could see those 3 guys battling for “best hitter,” honors for a lot of years.

      • chadman07

        I know right. That’s a crazy stat to say the least. It sure would be nice to see Schwarber stick at catcher, might be wishful thinking I know, but man to think how dynamic our lineup could be in a couple of years…yikes!

        • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

          Totally agree. But I think that his bat is so good and advanced, would we want to have a guy in the minors learning to catch, when he could potentially be in Chicago and among the MLB league leaders in hitting? If he were just a pretty good hitter, or a guy with a high ceiling, I would say by all means. But he’s an advanced bat, that appears to be on a track that could have him ready for the MLB sometime late next season. I expect that he’ll rake from his first day, then maybe have a month or month and a half to adjust to MLB pitchers and them adjusting to him. But once he comes out of that, that he can hit .320+ and have a bunch of HR. I posted yesterday that I could see by his 3rd season or so having numbers like…

          .340/.405/35-40HR

          The HR could be a bit of wishful thinking, but I wouldn’t be surprised one bit to see him hit 40 in a season a few times. If you had to guess right now today, will Kyle Schwarber have a 40 HR season in his MLB career, I’d probably guess that yes he would. Obviously a lot can happen between now and then, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

          • http://theboardridersuite.wordpress.com/ Theboardrider

            Oh yeah…and he’s a lefty…