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“Slumping”: Update on Chicago Cubs 2014 1st Round Pick

June 27th, 2014 at 4:00 PM
By Tim Duxbury

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Lately, Kris Bryant has been the talk of the Chicago Cubs minor leagues with his impressive home run total at AAA (already) but there is an update on Kyle Schwarber’s season as well; “slump”. The Cubs’ 2014 first round pick has now been with A Kane County for seven games and here is how he’s doing.

 

Team

Games

At bats

 .ave

.opb

Slg %

HR

Boise (-A)

5

20

.600

.625

1.350

4

Kane County (A)

7

22

.455

.538

.864

2

(All stats per baseball-reference.com)

Did I say Schwarber was slumping? True, his average is down 145 points in his last seven games. Also true, he is still an absolute monster. Schwarber is still very much riding his hot start and it has some Cubs’ fans wondering if another promotion is in line for the 21 year old.

Possibly. Schwarber has caught four of his 12 games this season (2 at Boise and 2 at Kane County) and appears to be holding his own, throwing out three of six would-be base stealers. The more time Schwarber spends behind the plate will determine how fast he moves through the system but don’t expect him to move past AA this season. The best guess is that if Schwarber continues to dominate at Kane County he will play a handful of games at AA Tennessee late in the season. His hot start is very exciting but there’s no reason to rush him through the entire system in his first professional season.

 

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