Cubs happy with Schwarber's quick progress

Cubs happy with Schwarber's quick progress

CHICAGO -- Kyle Schwarber, selected by the Cubs with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, was promoted to Class A Kane County on Tuesday after just five games with short-season Boise.

Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein explained that the organization had planned to send Schwarber to Boise for about a week to "get his feet wet," and rather than have him take a nine-hour bus ride to Eugene, Ore., for Boise's road trip, it made the most sense to send him to Kane County.

"We're really happy with the quick adjustments he's made to pro ball," Epstein said. "The on-field stuff takes care of itself, but sort of how he's handled things, mentally. He's been through a lot this last month, and he's been real consistent, steady and off to a great start."

Schwarber posted a slash line of .565/.593/1.217 with four homers and 11 RBIs with Boise. Dating to his college days at Indiana University, hitting has never been the issue for Schwarber. What remains to be seen is what position Schwarber sticks at.

Schwarber was a full-time catcher at Indiana, but there is some question as to whether he's good enough to do it at the Major League level. Epstein said Schwarber will catch once or twice per week to keep that area of his game fresh, and he'll play left field the rest of the time.

"With Kyle, I talked to him about it, and we decided for this year, his first exposure to pro ball, we're going to have him see a lot of time in left field. ... Then we're going to sit down at the end of the Minor League season to see if it's the appropriate time to make a call," Epstein said. "If we decide that he looked [good] in left field, and his development path with his bat might be so fast that there's maybe not going to be time for his defense behind the plate to catch up, then we can go a different direction, and maybe he can even be a candidate for the Fall League."

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