Kyle Schwarber is headed to the majors—for six games. Daniel Vogelbach broke the news, tweeting that his teammate had been promoted to the big leagues. Several sources confirmed that the Cubs first-round pick in 2014 will be called up to the majors for a brief stay.
Theo Epstein told reporters that Schwarber would be up for the next six games, including a five-game road trip to Cleveland and Minnesota, where the designated hitter will be used. The 21-year-old will also serve as a left-handed bat off the bench and a third catcher. Epstein said after the road trip, Schwarber would be assigned to AAA Iowa.
Over his first 58 AA games, Schwarber hit .320/.438/.579 with 13 HR, 39 RBI, 38 R, 42 BB and 48 K. He spent 36 games behind the plate, throwing out 12 of 60 base runners with five errors and seven passed balls. While the numbers are concerning, the Cubs front office said they are pleased with his progression and he’s gotten considerably better as the year has wore on.
While Schwarber is unlikely to be called upon to to catch, manager Joe Maddon will pencil the left-handed slugger’s name into the DH spot against the Indians and Twins. Schwarber will be in Wrigley on Tuesday for the Cubs game with Cleveland.