The Chicago Cubs were expected to begin a brief two-game interleague home set with the visiting Cleveland Indians, but the game was called due to the extreme weather within the area.
Now they’ll find themselves playing one game at Wrigley Field tomorrow evening then traveling to Cleveland to continue for another two before ending their road trip with a weekend series in Minnesota.
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Before doing so, it was announced on ESPN Chicago’s Jesse Rogers that the Cubs will promote Double-A catcher and another huge prospect, Kyle Schwarber. He’ll serve as the team’s designated hitter for five of the six games then make his way to the Triple-A affiliate after Sunday’s contest with the Twins.
In case you missed it, Schwarber was named as a starter for the Northern Division during the Southern League All-Star game alongside first baseman Daniel Vogelbach which means he’s going to miss that opportunity. But I’m sure he’s pretty excited about this news as he moves one step closer to being a full-time big league player.
So far this season with the Double-A Tennessee Smokies, the 22-year-old slugger has recorded 61 hits, nine doubles, one triple, 13 home runs and 39 RBI while slashing a mean .318/.439/.571 and 1.017 OPS.
He was one of the many prospects who received an invitation to Spring Training as the Cubs prepared for the new campaign and didn’t do all that bad prior to being sent to minor league camp.
In 14 games played, Schwarber had five hits, two doubles, one home run and five RBI while hitting .238/.238/.476. This series in Minnesota is definitely going to be interesting considering some of the top prospects entering the 2015 season will be squaring off against each other.
The Twins recently called up Byron Buxton while the Cubs have gotten used to Bryant and Russell being around.
All I know is, this is going to be exciting to watch.