The Cubs made it official Tuesday afternoon. The Cubs selected the contract of C Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee, added him to the 40-man roster. Schwarber was called up and will be available for Tuesday’s game against the Indians.
To make room on the active roster for Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs optioned RHP Brian Schlitter to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs active roster currently consists of 13 pitchers (five starters, eight relievers) and 12 position players.
And with the addition of Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs’ 40-man roster stands at 40 players.
Kyle Schwarber made quite the impression on Joe Maddon and his staff in Spring Training. Schwarber was assigned to Double-A Tennessee and put up the numbers at the plate.
In 58 games this season, Kyle Schwarber put together a .320/.438/.579 line with 10 doubles, one triple and 13 home runs for a 1.107 OPS. Schwarber walked 42 times with 49 strikeouts in 243 plate appearances.
Kyle Schwarber made his pro debut June 13, 2014. In 130 games over four levels in the Cubs’ system in just over a calendar year, Schwarber batted .333/.432/.610 with 28 doubles, three triples and 31 home runs for a 1.042 OPS.
Kyle Schwarber was the Cubs’ Minor League Player of the Month for May. And he was named a starter for North Division squad in the upcoming Southern League All-Star Game. The Southern League All-Star Game is Tuesday, June 23 in Montgomery.
Joe Maddon does not have Schwarber in his starting lineup for Tuesday. Schwarber is expected to be in the starting lineup beginning Wednesday in Cleveland as the team’s DH for the five games in Cleveland and Minneapolis.
Theo Epstein and Joe Maddon have stated publicly that Kyle Schwarber will be optioned to Triple-A Iowa following Sunday’s game. The Cubs see Schwarber as a catcher, and only a catcher, and he will continue his development at the minor league level.
Kyle Schwarber, 22, was selected by the Cubs in the first round of the 2014 Draft (fourth overall) out of Indiana University, where he was a two-time First-Team All-American after batting .341 with 40 home runs and 149 RBI in 180 career games. He was named one of three finalists for the 2014 Johnny Bench Award, given to the top Division I catcher in the nation, and was selected as the top catcher in the country by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association in 2013. Schwarber is a native of Middletown, Ohio and is a graduate of Middletown High School, where he was a four-time team MVP in baseball and a second-team All-Ohio linebacker selection in football.
Brian Schlitter was recalled Sunday prior to the finale against the Reds. Schlitter picked up the win after retiring the only two batters he faced in the 11th inning. Schlitter, 29, is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA (six earned runs in 7 1/3 innings) in 10 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He is 2-0 with five saves and a 1.13 ERA (two earned runs in 16 innings) in 14 relief appearances with Iowa this season.