Schwarber still sizzling in Daytona

Although the home run streak ended, Kyle Schwarber continued his tear through the Florida State League on Monday night.

Schwarber finished 1-for-4 with a run-scoring sacrifice fly in High-A Daytona’s 8-7 loss at Dunedin, extending his hitting streak to 13 consecutive games. The No. 4 overall pick in this summer’s draft, Schwarber is batting .440 over that span and smacked six homers in a five-game stretch that lasted from Thursday through Sunday. Over his current hitting streak, he has seven total homers, 13 RBIs, 12 runs scored, seven doubles and a triple.

At three levels in the Chicago Cubs’ system, Schwarber is batting .352 (86-for-244) with 18 home runs and 53 RBIs. He’s reaching base at a .440 clip in 68 career games, with an OPS of 1.104.

Schwarber earned Florida State League Player of the Week honors for the week ending Aug. 24, marking the third different league in which he’s won the award.

No, he won’t get the call to Wrigley once rosters expand in September. Starting his service clock this year would be foolish. But he’s a safe bet to open next season at the Double-A level and could possibly see a big league promotion by next summer.

Schwarber’s position in the field was a major question leading into the June Amateur Draft. Since starting his professional career with short-season Boise, Schwarber has seen the most time (34 appearances) in left field. He’s caught in 19 games, while serving as the designated hitter in 15 more.

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  1. The word seems to be (gleaned from posts/comments at Cubs Den) that the off season will be spent working on and evaluating his catching. So by spring we will know if he will be a catcher or not.

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