Kris Bryant may be the most visible of the Chicago Cubs’ award gettin’, big battin’, top prospectin’ recent first round picks. But he’s not the only award gettin’, big battin’, top prospectin’ recent first round pick of the Cubs to pick up some hardware.
Mentioned alongside Bryant’s latest player of the year award, Kyle Schwarber was an honorable mention at catcher in Yahoo’s all-minor league team. That, despite playing in just 72 pro games this year after a full college season. Since he hit .344/.428/.634 between three levels in those 72 games, however, the honor was more than deserved.
Speaking of which, the last of those levels for Schwarber was High-A, in the notoriously offense-challenging Florida State League. In August, Schwarber laid waste to the league, hitting .330/.403/.660 with 17 extra-base hits, including 8 homers. On the strength of that stretch, Schwarber was named the Florida State League’s player of the month for August.
Another deserved plaudit for another awesome Chicago Cubs prospect. He managed to pick up league player of the week honors in three different leagues this year – the Northwest League (Boise Hawks), the Midwest League (Kane County Cougars), and the Florida State League (Daytona Cubs) – and was consistently excellent.
Now Schwarber heads to instructional ball in Mesa, Arizona, where he will continue working behind the plate. Depending on how that process goes, we could be talking about yet another top 30 Cubs prospect in 2015 … and maybe a whole bunch of awards, too.