Kyle Schwarber Will Develop Behind the Plate and Other Bullets

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Kyle Schwarber Will Develop Behind the Plate and Other Bullets

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kyle schwarber cubs catcherThe Brother-In-Law’s wedding day is here, so I’ll be mostly unavailable today due to the boogying. Apologies for the abbreviated Bullets …

  • Joe Maddon was asked if there was any way Kyle Schwarber could remain with the Cubs after tomorrow, and he offered a solid “no” with only one caveat: unless the Cubs move to the American League (CSN). The implication, of course, is that the Cubs know Schwarber’s bat is ready for the big leagues. But his glove behind the plate simply is not, and the Cubs aren’t going to keep him up so they can hang him out to dry behind the plate. And, if they aren’t going to catch him in the bigs right now, then he’d be spending a lot of time on the bench (since catcher remains the plan for him, the Cubs also aren’t going to immediately shove him into the outfield). That wouldn’t help his development, and the incremental value he’d be able to provide off of the bench over other options would be small. So, as we’ve said before, heading to Iowa to keep developing his catching skills makes the most sense. Then, in mid-to-late August, or September, Schwarber can come back and be a bench guy to help down the stretch.
  • The Cubs’ other Kyle had a rough go of it last night, though obviously the defense didn’t give him much help in a long first inning. He seemed to think it was just one of those flukey games, he simply didn’t have his stuff, and there’s not much to be taken away from it (ESPN, CSN). Here’s hoping.
  • Anthony Rizzo’s two-homer game bumped his total up to 14 on the year, his line from .301/.416/.555 to .304/.417/.579, and his fan support from unanimous to ubernanimous.
  • Edwin Jackson was great once again in his mop-up role, and he’s got an ERA just barely north of one over his last 15.1 innings.

Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.