Kyle Schwarber has now played four games in Iowa, and has a four game hitting streak. His line reads .333/.375/.333 thanks to five singles and one walk. On the downside, he has no extra base hits (although a couple of his singles have been off-the-wall types) and eight strikeouts.
The coaches on the ground are going to have a better idea of his progress than we are based on the game stats, but so far there is nothing in the games stats that indicates he has returned to form.
And that makes this tweet really interesting:
At this rate, I'd be surprised to see Kyle Schwarber make the road trip with the Iowa #Cubs. Guessing he finishes homestand and goes back.
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) June 29, 2017
Tommy Birch covers the I-Cubs for the Des Moines Register, and is pretty much the authority on all things Iowa Cubs related. If he is hinting that Schwarber won’t hit the road with Iowa, it’s possible he’s seeing or hearing something somewhere.
The road trip he’s mentioning would not start until July 4th (in Oklahoma City). A lot can happen between now and Tuesday; by Tuesday we may be wondering what is taking the Cubs so long. On the other hand, the road trip is just three games. Then the Cubs come back to Iowa for three, and then we’re at the All Star break.
I could see some sense in bringing Schwarber back for a week, then giving him a few days off at the All Star break, and then seeing if he can hit the ground slugging in the second half. Schwarber sounds satisfied with his progress so far, so we’ll see. Maybe we’ll see Schwarber back in the majors by early next week after all.
- Casey Kelly: 6.1 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 4 K
- Jack Leathersich: 1.2 IP, 3 K
- Matt Carasiti: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Jemile Weeks: 2 for 4, 2B
- Kyle Schwarber: 1 for 3, BB
- Chris Dominguez: 3 for 4, HR
- Bijan Rademacher: 2 for 4, 2B
- Stephen Bruno: 2 for 4, SB
- Preston Morrison: 6 IP, 4 R, 7 H, 5 K
- Brad Markey: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 K
- Ben Zobrist: 2 for 3, BB
- David Bote: 1 for 3, 2 BB
- Jason Vosler: 1 for 3, HR, BB. Vosler’s 14th homer was a grand slam.
- Yasiel Balaguert: 1 for 4, HR, BB
- Carlos Penalver: 3 for 4
- Ryan Kellogg: 5 IP, 5 R (3 ER), 10 H, 4 K
- Kyle Miller: 1.2 IP, 2 BB
- Dakota Mekkes: 1.1 IP, 1 BB, 1 K
- Tommy Thorpe: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 K
- Bryant Flete: 2 for 4
- Jesse Hodges: 1 for 4, 2B
- Eloy Jimenez: 1 for 3, 2B, BB
- Eddy Martinez: 2 for 4
- Bryan Hudson: 4.2 IP, 5 R, 6 H, 4 BB, 5 K
- Jose Paulino: 3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Roberto Caro: 1 for 3, 3B, BB
- Vimael Machin: 3 fofr 4, HR
- Adonis Paula: 2 for 4, 2B
- Bailey Clark: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 3 BB, 4 K
- Andry Rondon: 2.2 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 4 K
- Junior Marte: 2 IP, 1 H, 4 K
- Luis Aquino 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 3 K
- Miguel Amaya: 1 for 5, 2B
- Tyler Payne: 1 for 5, 2B
- Zach Davis: 0 for 1, 4 BB, 2 SB
- Carson Sands: 3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 2 K
- Jose Rosario: 2 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K
- Stephen Ridings: 2 IP, 2 BB, 3 K
- Carlos Diaz: 1 for 4, 2B
- Delvin Zinn: 2 for 4, 2B
- Reubuen Reyes: 1 for 4, 2B, SB
- Not to be missed in Schwarber’s comments on his progress with Iowa is exactly what he is working on. The Cubs want him to stop trying to pull everything and concentrate on using the middle of the field. That is music to my ears.
- Zobrist played second base and hit second for the Smokies yesterday. I’m not sure how long he’ll be with Tennessee, but I doubt it will be for more than a few games.
- In case you missed it from yesterday, we are lucky enough to be treated to an encore performance of Eloy Jimenez in the Futures Game. If you missed his highlight reel performance from a year ago, then start clearing your schedule for the 2017 edition now.