With Miguel Montero headed to the disabled list, the Cubs will promote Schwarber from Triple-A Iowa, fast-tracking their top prospect to Turner Field when the second half opens on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.
Schwarber should be able to really help a struggling Cubs offense. 333 with three home runs, 10 RBIs and 23 strikeouts. Schwarber is made in the big, beefy power-hitting mold, he hasn’t needed to sell out to create it in the minors, posting a solid 20.8 percent strikeout rate and a 1.5:1 K:BB ratio.
For now, the Cubs plan to rotate Schwarber with veteran catchers David Ross and Taylor Teagarden.
Montero injured his left thumb Saturday and will see a hand specialist Friday to determine the extent of damage. If Montero’s out for a long stretch, it could pave the way for Schwarber to remain on the team all season, as rosters are expanded in September.
“We may reach a point that he has caught enough near the end of the year”, Epstein said in mid-June.
He bolstered his reputation further Sunday at the Futures Game in Cincinnati, earning MVP honors thanks in part to a two-run triple that keyed a US rout of the World team. “We then can maybe mix in some other responsibilities for him”.