UPDATE: Kyle Schwarber heading to Daytona

UPDATE: Kyle Schwarber heading to Daytona

Kyle Schwarber tweeted this just a few minutes ago,


Take it for what you will, but it appears that Kyle Schwarber is headed to Daytona.  Our writer Mauricio wrote this on him for Baseball Prospectus earlier,

I’ve seen the Cubs’ first round draft pick a few times at Low-A. At the plate he sets up in a low crouch with an open stance, his hands even with his shoulders and extended out away from his body. He has a simple load and takes a quick, efficient route to the ball and displays good swing plane for power. I didn’t see power in game but he barreled up a few pitches for hard line drives. His nose is always on the ball as he displays an advanced feel for tracking stuff. He spat on a few good changeups that lesser hitters would’ve swung over and he shows a solid understanding of the strike zone. Behind the plate, Schwarber sets up low in his crouch and stays quiet, creating a comfortable target for the pitcher. His framing skills could use some work, as he stabs at offerings. He has surprising mobility back there with good lateral movement on block attempts. I’ve noticed that he gets loose fundamentally late in games. He has an average arm and I did get a pop time in the 1.9 range but ultimately the catching skills are fringe and can improve. I don’t think the cost is worth delaying the bat. He’s a bat-first left fielder in my mind.

I have seen him a few times myself and I agree with much of what Mauricio says here and would only that he is extremely capable of hitting with power to the opposite field, much like his 1st round predecessor Kris Bryant.

UPDATE: Sahadev Sharma of ESPN Chicago confirms that Kyle Schwarber is indeed headed to Daytona.

UPDATE 2: Guesses here are that Bijan Rademacher moves to Tennessee (he was removed from the game) and Mark Zagunis heads to Kane County.

Good luck, Kyle!



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  • Almora should be happy

  • In reply to CubfanInUT:

    He is heating up, this should help even more.

  • I wonder if Rock Shoulders goes down or Rademacher goes up?

    It's always good to see guys promoted and one step closer. Any projections for fall league hitters? Soler, Almora...?

  • In reply to rsanchez11:

    Shoulders hitting well of late, my guess is that Rademacher moves up.

  • In reply to John Arguello:

    Shoulders struckout five times last night.

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    Sahadev Sharma just confirmed it. Awesome.

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    Nice work John and Maurcio

    Hopefully his offensive presence will help the offense, and the team goes on a nice run.

    Congrats kid! Hopefully at this time next year we are bitching and moaning that he needs to be called up the cubbies !

  • Happy, but he's headed to the rainout league.

  • Does that mean that zagunis moves to kc?

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    I like Zagunis. The dude can rake. It will be interesting to see how the chain of promotions/re-assignments plays out tonight.

  • In reply to historyrat:

    Like Schwarber, he can catch and play OF, perfect replacement.

  • In reply to IowaCubbie:

    He might. Good point.

  • Bijan Rademacher was removed from the game after a 2 for 5 day with a HR... Related?

  • In reply to Caps:


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    Bryant made it to Daytona on August 12 IINM (didn't sign until essentially the deadline) so Schwarber getting a month on his is really cool.

    I don't want to get ahead of things but if he plays well it would be great if he could get a small taste of Tennessee.

    Personally, I think Schwarbs can move through the system faster than. Bryant, if for no other reason than Bryant has a lot if defense to focus on, where corner outfield isn't as demanding by far.
    I think Schwarber can move as fast as his bat will take him.

    Really I feel like at this stage of the rebuild they thought that Schwarber is a guy that could contribute with Bryant, Bad, and Contra ASAP.

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    Guess my comment got stuck or banned by the filter. I will do my best to repeat it using many fewer words

    Congrats out to Kyle, he is showing he one heck of a ball player.

    I hope he goes to the AZ fall league to get some more reps after the season.

    Hopefully at this time next year, we can all debate why isn't Kyle being called up to the show for the wild card playoff run!!!

  • In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Do you want me to fish it out?

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    In reply to John Arguello:

    No worries. It's just weird, some days spam thing gobbles everything up, but usually spits most of it back up.

  • Rademacher seems to be the likely move and will be curious which catcher moves up from Boise to KC.

    Always seems to be the time of year where you see some shifting on Minor League rosters.

    Since Schwarber went 0-4 today, I wonder if Soler gets a call as well. He went 0-3 with a SF.

  • In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Got to be Zagunis.

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    In reply to IrwinFletcher:

    Zagunis already 2 for 2 with a triple today. Seems promotion worthy!

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    Check that, 3 for 4 with a triple and Homer.

    We get it, dude.

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    Exciting times as more kids move up. Looking to see our top prospects get MLB time in 2015. Now where did we put those pitchers again? Lester in free agency ? Scherzer ? Gotta start somewhere and then add in the likes pf Arrieta, Wood and a Beeler or Hendricks for starters.

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    In reply to TheRiot2:

    Amen brother !!!

    Just hope free agency for the cubs doesn't continue to be like free agency for the Bulls. All of a sudden, Chicago is not a place big time free agents do not want to come.

    This off-season will be telling for the future of this franchise ...

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    In reply to Jim Odirakallumkal:

    Comparing MLB and NBA free agency is basically comparing apples and battleships. Also, just because Melo chased money instead of championships, it doesn't mean Chicago is not a good destination for FAs in each sport.

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    In reply to Cubs 27:

    I know it's like comparing apples to oranges. Salary cap vs no. Salary and one player can really change a franchises history in hoops.

    People take things too literally because you can't interrupt tone over the web, so of course I am not mad at you bro.

    The last 10 years, the Bulls haven't been able to attract a top tier free agent.

    As with the Cubs, over the past 10 years ( yes the Cubs were bad in a lot of those years / were not going after the big fishes ) all we were able to get was Soriano and Fukudome ( if u want to include him). Perhaps I am missing someone. It might not mean much, but it's not something to completely ignore.

    I can't wait for this offseason, as I can guarantee the pitch of Theo/Jed/Jason to a potential free agent is 100x better then Gar/pax/dorf

  • Good for him. Hopefully he has a successful last 40+ games and starts at Tennessee next year.

  • Is Hanneman next?

  • Very intriguing OF in Daytona now. But Schwarber or Mckinney neither one have the arm for RF.

  • In reply to HoosierDaddy:

    McKinney has been playing RF

  • Almora just hit for the cycle.

  • In reply to Caps:

    This pleases me

  • RT @MiLB BREAKING NEWS: No. 4 #Cubs prospect @albertalmora tripled in the 13th to complete the cycle for @daytonacubs http://atmilb.com/1wo2Xrv

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    Holy hell. Almora 5-7 with the go ahead triple. Also hit a double and a HR. The cycle.

    He clearly thinks he's not getting enough attention.

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    Almora's the guy that keeps getting left out in the future lineup projections. It bother me because if he hits, he is the future CFer. Period.

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    In reply to Giffmo:

    Yes sir. He's already reserving his spot in the Futures game next year.

    What an answer !!!

  • In reply to Giffmo:

    As you mentioned, his triple drove in the go ahead run in the 13th. His single was in the 11th, with a man on second who then got thrown out at the plate. Clutch night for Almora.

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    Dear Kyle Schwarber,
    No offense and it's nothing personal but I don't think we should play on the same team. My heart is in Tennessee.


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    In reply to Giffmo:


    Al Almora

    PS. Beat that!

  • Hannemann isn't hitting well enough to warrant a promotion. I hope they leave him where he is.

    Besides, he is the only one left there worth going to watch.

  • In reply to DaveP:

    Candelario has become fun to watch.

  • In reply to TD40:

    Dunston, Tseng too.

  • In reply to hawkmcd:

    Tseng, I'll grant you.

  • Almora Hits For CYCLE in game 2 Tonight 5/RBI

  • Mark Zagunis needs a double for the cycle now LOL

  • In reply to Caps:

    He just got it!!!

  • Sorry if it gets re-posted, but Mark Zagunis is a double shy of the cycle... How fun it would be if he got it.

  • Anyone else starting to freak out (in a good way) about the talent in the farm system? The key will be who to keep and who to trade for pitching.

  • Now what do the cubs do when they have bryant, soler and schwarber all ready to go and only 2 corner of spots to playthem?

  • In reply to Mjtharp2:

    I haven't heard a thing through credible channels about Bryant moving to RF. I'm thinking he sticks at 3rd for a good number of years.

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    In reply to Mjtharp2:

    In the slim chances of that happening, that's a good problem to have. Probably one will get traded for the missing pieces .....

    I would really love for Kyle to become of the core because we could really use some left handed pop.

    Left handed pop is becoming rare again, 9 of the 10 home run participants were right handed batters.

  • In reply to Mjtharp2:

    Sometimes Schwarber catches

    Once in awhile Bryant plays third

    At times Soler gets the day off

    Occasionally one of them is DH

    Always Renteria can't decide

  • Zagunis just hit for the CYCLE also!!!

  • In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    Okay I am definitely starting to freak out!

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    In reply to Ghost Dawg:

    That's some insane shit. Catcher hitting for a cycle ?

    I wonder if two players from the same team have ever hit for the cycle in the show ?

    Did the Cubs win ?

  • What a night! Almora & Zagunis both go for the cycle!

  • And Mark Zagunis just hit for the cycle too!!!

  • According to chicagocubsonline.com, Justin Steele made his debut and K'd the side, fastball at 92 mph, 73/74 mph curve ball.

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    In reply to Caps:

    Sweet......I am staying up all night for the minor league recaps.

  • In reply to Caps:

    Carson Sands just followed him and went 1-2-3 with 2 K's as well.
    Also the game started with Dillon Maples making his come back with 3 IP - 1 Hit, 1 BB, 3 SO - some arms to dream on in this game.

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    Am i seeing things.....Don't those Cincinnati reds all star hats really look like Chicago bears hats ?

  • And according to chicagocubsonline.com... Carson Sands showed a 91-92 mph fastball with an effective change up and curve ball.

  • Ben Badler @BenBadler

    Lucas Giolito to @johnmanuelba on Javier Baez hitting an oppo homer on his curveball: "I don't see that very much."

  • Just breathe and stay calm. Again, feel the winds of change.....

  • Off topic here, but did anyone see this article regarding the negotiations between Brady Aiken and the Astros
    A lot has to happen between now and the 2015 draft, but wouldn't it be interesting if the Cubs had the number one pick and took Aiken right before the Astros compensation pick next year. The front office said they had Aiken at the top of their board for this year's draft.

  • I love this site and would like to thank everybody for contributing to all the news about cubs minor league system. It makes my day hearing and knowing how they (Cubs players) are progressing.
    Keep up the good job guys. Thank you from a die hard Cubs fan

  • They couldn't wait one more week? I am going to see KC play next week and I was looking forward to seeing him play. Even though I think that he might be the one that they will trade for pitching. He will rise through the ranks fast and be a top prospect when the others ahead of him are starting to preform at the major league level and will be in a perfect position to return a Shark (or better) pitcher.

  • In reply to CubsFanMI:

    Bummer. Not going to lie, he's fun to watch at the plate.

  • This is getting ridiculous... I mad I missed Schwarber at K.C.

  • In reply to Is That Right???:

    Don' worry you can see him in Wrigley by 2016

  • Pretty amazing progress and movement in the system lately. An amazing sea change in events from 8 weeks ago, when so many upper prospects were treading water...or worse.

  • Have tickets for this Friday's KC game at Lugnuts. Guess I'll just have to wait for Wrigley to see Schwarber.

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    OK, can you imagine the possibilities with, Rizzo, Castro, Alcantara, Olt or Bryant at 3rd, Soler, Bryant, Schwarber in the OF and Baez is still left? Holy crap.. Baez could play 2nd Bryant at 3rd. Mendy in Center..the future looks bright to me.

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