According to a report from Jesse Rogers, the Cubs are calling up top prospect C Kyle Schwarber. Rogers indicated the Cubs will use Schwarber as the designated hitter for the five games against the Indians and Twins this week.
According to the report from Jesse Rogers, which has been confirmed by Mark Gonzales, Schwarber will be added to the Cubs’ 40-man roster, which currently stands at 39 players, Tuesday. Schwarber will be used as a pinch hitter Tuesday then as the Cubs designated hitter starting Wednesday. Schwarber should be in the starting lineup each day while he is with the big league team.
In 58 games with Double-A Tennessee, Kyle Schwarber hit .320/.438/.579 with 10 doubles, a triple and 13 home runs for a 1.017 OPS. Schwarber walked 42 times with 49 strikeouts. The addition of his left-handed bat will give Joe Maddon a more balanced lineup.
Kyle Schwarber, in 129 minor league games, hit .333/.432/.610 with 27 doubles, three triples and 31 home runs for a 1.043 OPS. Schwarber has walked 81 times in 549 plate appearances with 105 strikeouts.
Dan Vogelbach broke the news of Schwarber’s call-up on his Twitter account. The Cubs have confirmed Schwarber is being called up but have not indicated which pitcher will be optioned out to make room for him on the active roster.
The Cubs are expected to make the roster moves official on Tuesday.
Theo Epstein said that regardless of what happens this week, Kyle Schwarber will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa following Sunday’s game with the Twins.