Top prospect Schwarber progresses at plate

Cubs catcher still needs work on defense

Top prospect Schwarber progresses at plate

PHOENIX -- Kyle Schwarber may not be ready to catch in the big leagues, but Cubs manager Joe Maddon feels the youngster could help with his bat.

Schwarber, 22, ranked No. 4 on's list of top Cubs prospects, was batting .296 at Double-A Tennessee with 10 home runs and 26 RBIs this season leading into Sunday. Maddon sees the catcher's offensive exploits when they're posted on the new video board at Wrigley Field.

"He's a very mature at-bat," Maddon said of the left-handed hitting catcher, who was the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. "He's doing better behind the plate, too, from what I understand."

Maddon said anyone who doubts Schwarber will be in the big leagues soon should just ask him.

"He's pretty confident," Maddon said. "He's a very mature hitter at his experience level and his age."

Extra bases

• Maddon was not looking forward to playing a day game in Chicago after a day game in Arizona and long travel on Sunday night. David Ross, who has started exclusively with Jon Lester, will catch Monday to give Miguel Montero a breather. Rookie Addison Russell, who did not start Sunday, also was expected in Monday's lineup.

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.