The Chicago Cubs used their first and third round selections in this year’s draft to select two college catchers who have impressed so far in the minor leagues. We have written plenty about how, first round pick, Kyle Schwarber has been embarrassing minor league pitching, and now that, third round pick, Mark Zagunis has signed, he doing the same.
(stats provided by baseball-reference.com)
The beauty of these guys is that not only can they catch but they can also play the outfield, especially Zagunis. So far Schwarber has spent ten games behind the dish and Zagunis has spent 4. In fact, Schwarber was labeled as a below average defensive catcher coming out of the draft but he has thrown out 46% (6-13) of would-be base stealers. Which works out well since Zagunis has excelled in the outfield and on the base paths, playing perfect defense and stealing 5 bases in just 11 games.
As mentioned above, both are college players so they should be able to move through the Cubs’ minor league system relatively quickly and its possible that we could see both of them nearing an MLB call up in late 2015 or 2016. That’s not to say that these guys don’t have a tough road ahead of them, but I think we say the days of Cubs catchers hitting .230 with little to now power are numbered.Baseball, Chicago, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, Kyle Schwarber, Mark Zagunis, MLB