We discussed last week how, Chicago Cubs’ 2014 first round draft pick, Kyle Schwarber had cooled off significantly after a red hot start to his big league career… apparently he was just taking a breather because the Daytona Cubs’ OF/C is unconscious again. Schwarber raised his batting average for the D-Cubs from .242 up to .286 thanks to a ten game outburst in which he hit .368 with three home runs and five RBI’s. This week’s performance gives Schwarber 14 home runs on the summer, the fourth best among Cubs’ minor leaguers this summer behind Kris Bryant (41, AA/AAA), Javier Baez (23, AAA), and Jacob Rogers (16, A). Schwarber is also settling nicely into leftfield, racking up three outfield assists in 22 games out there for the D-Cubs.
In other news, Iowa Cubs Starting pitcher, Eric Jokisch became our favorite Cub this week. Jokisch decided to follow the example set by, Atlanta Braves Starter, Ervin Santana and follow Cubs_101 on twitter. Jokisch is also having a quality year for the Iowa Cubs and has flown almost completely under the radar. Jokisch was the Cubs’ 11 round pick in 2010 out of Northwestern University and has pitched remarkably well as of late for an Iowa Cubs team that is scuffling, losing 10 of their last 11. Jokisch is 4-3 with a 2.90 in his last ten starts and is now 9-10 with a 3.63 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP on the season. Jokisch, 25, would be a solid September call-up and would add a dependable left-hander to the Cubs staff. In 2014, Jokisch has held left-handed hitters to a .231 batting average and features a 2.21 ERA and in day games, which would play nicely at Wrigley Field.
However, Eric Jokisch’s potential september call-up will be largely determined by the Iowa Cubs’ playoff status. Should the team right the ship and make the playoffs we can expect fewer call-ups as the I-Cubs will need to field a competitive roster. But if they continue their slide it’s possible that we could see a slew of prospects added to the Chicago Cubs roster, Jokisch included.
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