The Cubs will carry three catchers this season, but it is evident that Kyle Schwarber will see a majority of his playing time from the outfield. The team has not given up on the young catcher’s future at the position, but they also realize he is not ready to catch in the big leagues every day yet.
Because Schwarber will only catch once or twice a week, he really can be seen as an outfielder at this point in his career. As a result, the team will carry two extra catchers this season as they did for a large part of 2015.
Miguel Montero will once again be the primary catcher, with David Ross finishing his final season as the backup and personal catcher to starting pitcher Jon Lester. Below is the position’s depth chart with each player’s 2015 stats.
Montero: 113 games, AVG: .248, HR: 15, RBI 54
Ross: 72 games, AVG: .176, HR: 1, RBI: 9
Schwarber: 69 games, AVG: .246, HR: 16, RBI: 43