Cubs Minor League Daily: Kyle Schwarber Arrives In Iowa, Has a Very Long Single to Show for It

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Cubs Minor League Daily: Kyle Schwarber Arrives In Iowa, Has a Very Long Single to Show for It

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One thing was made very clear last night. Kyle Schwarber is loved by Cubs’ fans.

Iowa had a large crowd, almost ten thousand strong, to welcome Schwarber last night, and they were happy to see the Cubs’ slumping slugger.

Schwarber opened with a strikeout. And then another one. And then a third one. And then…

Schwarber isn’t in Iowa by himself, though. Cubs’ hitting coordinator Andy Haines is also in town, and it sounds like he is there primarily to work with Schwarber. They are talking minor tweaks only, and, given Schwarber’s legendary work ethic, it may not take long for those tweaks to take hold.

In the meantime, I think Iowans are going to enjoy having him around. Whether it’s the extremely loyal Iowa fanbase packing the stands or the kids chasing Schwarber’s hits in the outfield as he takes extended early batting practice, it seems likely that he is going to get to work on his swing in front of a fan base that is ecstatic to have him.

Triple A: Iowa Cubs
Iowa 1, New Orleans 0
Schwarber may have been the headliner, but the Cubs’ pitching stole the show.

Double A: Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee 4, Mobile 2
Two good pitching performances for the Smokies in this one.

High A: Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Potomac 4, Myrtle Beach 3
The Pelicans scored all their runs in the bottom of the ninth.

Low A: South Bend Cubs
Fort Wayne 5, South Bend 1
South Bend managed just one hit in this one, and RBI double.

Short Season A: Eugene Emeralds
Eugene 2, Hillsboro 1
Eugene hitters managed just three hits, but the pitching made it enough.

Rookie: AZL Cubs
Cubs 5, Giants 4
A three run seventh put the Cubs ahead for good.

Other Notes

  • The trade with Colorado that sent out Zac Rosscup brought back Matt Carasiti. Carasiti hasn’t gotten a ton of prospect recognition, but his numbers are solid across the board. His strikeout rate historically has been in the ballpark of 9 K/9, and this season that has jumped to 12.76 K/9. His walk rate has remained acceptable at 3.86 BB/9, but the big story this year is when hitters do make contact. His groundball rate in Triple A is up to 51.4%, the highest it has been since 2015, and as a result he has allowed far few homers than usual. His HR/9 of 0.30 is a career low.
  • In Carasiti, the Cubs have acquired a middle reliever with a good strikeout rate and some very positive emerging ground ball tendencies. He’ll likely get plenty of work in middle relief, but if that ground ball rate stays elevated when he gets a taste of Wrigley, he could start to get a look in some late inning roles.
  • Yesterday marked the season debut for one of the Cubs’ best pitching prospects, Jose Albertos.  He opened his season with four no-hit innings.

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Author: Luke Blaize

Luke Blaize is the Minor League Editor at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @ltblaize.