Cubs to give Schwarber cup of coffee #iubase

It took only one year for Kyle Schwarber to prove that his All-American success at Indiana translated to professional baseball. Now, as one of Minor League Baseball’s hottest prospects, the former IU star will get his first cup of coffee in the big leagues.

According to multiple reports out of Chicago, Schwarber will make his major league debut this week as the Cubs begin a week-long run into interleague play. Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft, will come up to serve as a designated hitter, a pinch hitter and a third catcher for the Cubs, who have five consecutive interleague games at Cleveland and Minnesota beginning on Wednesday.

Cubs President Theo Epstein told the Chicago Tribune that Schwarber will be promoted Tuesday and be optioned to Triple-A Iowa after Sunday’s game against the Twins, no matter how well his week goes.

This year at Double-A Tennessee, Schwarber batted .320 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs. He debuted in pro ball on June 13, 2014, bashing a three-run homer in his first game for short-season Boise. The ensuing 12 months have been a display of power for Schwarber, who has a .333 average, 31 homers, 92 RBIs and a 1.043 OPS through his first 129 minor league games.

At Indiana, Schwarber was a two-time First Team All-American and the highest draft pick in program history. He ranks fifth in slugging percentage (.607), sixth in home runs (40), eighth in hits (238) and tied for eighth in triples (12) and runs (182). Schwarber batted .341 in 180 games for the Hoosiers.

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  1. It appears the Cubs’ drafting him in the first round was justified. I hope he enjoys his cup of coffee and makes Wrigley Field his permanent home in the near future.

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