MIAMI – What took so long?
The Cubs promoted first-round pick Kyle Schwarber to Class-A Kane County on Tuesday, less than two weeks after drafting the Indiana catcher/outfielder No. 4 overall.
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Schwarber signed a below-slot deal ($3.125 million) last week and reported to short-season Class-A Boise, where the polished left-handed hitter lived up to his reputation as someone who could move relatively quickly through the system.
Schwarber hit .600 in five games with Boise, needing only 20 at-bats to put up four homers and 10 RBI, convincing Theo Epstein’s front office it was time for a new challenge.
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Schwarber hit .358 with 14 homers, 48 RBI and a .464 on-base percentage during his junior season at Indiana, becoming a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award, which is given to the nation’s top Division I catcher.
The next Kane County game will be Thursday in Geneva after the Midwest League’s All-Star break. Schwarber will get a taste for the Chicago market and the great expectations facing the organization’s prospects during this rebuild.