Major roster moves abound amongst Chicago Cubs’ affiliates


A bevy of moves were made by Chicago Cubs’ affiliates Thursday, including adding Kris Bryant to the Triple-A Iowa roster, 2014 first-round selection Kyle Schwarber added to the Class-A Kane County roster and infielder Jordan Hankins being promoted from Class-A to Advanced Class-A Daytona, amongst others.

The move regarding Bryant was announced yesterday, when the Cubs’ number two-rated prospect announced on Twitter he would be joining the Iowa Cubs – a move that was later confirmed by the organization.

We detailed Bryant’s promotion in a post yesterday morning, in which we laid out his dominant performance thus far with Double-A Tennessee.

"In 68 games with Double-A Tennessee, the third baseman has a triple-slash of .355/.458/.702 to go along with 22 home runs and 58 RBIs. He also racked up 20 doubles in the first portion of his first full professional season."

Schwarber, who spent less than half a dozen games with short-season Boise, will join Kane County tonight, and is listed as a catcher and outfielder on the team’s official roster, which Cubbies Crib received earlier this afternoon. Staff writer Nicholas Blazek briefly noted Schwarber’s successes yesterday when he passed along the news of the promotion.

"It took only five games for the Cubs to decide Schwarber was ready to be promoted to Low-A affiliate Kane County. A slash line of .600/.625/1.350, along with four home runs and 10 RBIs make that kind of move hard to ignore."

Hard-throwing right-hander Arodys Vizcaino and normal Chicago backstop Welington Castillo have both also been added to the Iowa roster ahead of tonight’s game. Castillo joins the team on a rehab assignment, while Vizcaino earned a promotion from Double-A Tennessee. In a pair of corresponding roster moves, third baseman Christian Villanueva and right-hander Frank Batista were re-assigned to Tennessee.The Chicago Cubs made a series of roster moves today impacting the Iowa Cubs roster. 

One of the final notable moves was the promotion of Jordan Hankins from Kane County to Daytona. A press release from the Kane County media relations department noted some of the former 11th-round pick’s accomplishments, including a 2014 Midwest League All-Star game nod.

"Hankins (11th round, 2013) receives a promotion to Daytona after batting .322 in 50 first half games, culminating in a Midwest League All-Star selection. Hankins becomes the fourth Cougar to receive a promotion to Daytona this season and the first position player to do so."