Cubs catcher Miguel Montero reportedly will miss several weeks with an injury. His ability to handle defensive duties likely will shape how the Cubs use him if they remain in contention down the stretch, and Schwarber told Sporting News he believes he is ready. 364 with one home run, six RBI and six runs scored.

The Cubs drafted Schwarber in 2014 as a catcher and he has played 52 games there in the minors this season with seven errors and 10 passed balls. He does have experience playing the outfield in the past as well.

Schwarber is considered the Cubs’ top prospect, and showed why in his brief Major League appearance earlier this season. He previously hit. 320 with a 1.017 OPS in 58 games at Double-A and has a lifetime.

Montero is scheduled to see a hand specialist on Friday and will be sidelined for at least 15 days. Montero suffered what the team initially called a jammed left thumb last Saturday in a loss against the White Sox, and it has turned into a serious issue now. This indicates that Schwarber won’t be the everyday catcher and may very well play some games in the outfield.

“We may reach a point that he has caught enough near the end of the year”, Epstein said in mid-June.