Schwarber earns Cubs Minor League Player of the Month honors

ZZ Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber

Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber/photo submitted

By Andrew Green

The Chicago Cubs announced Wednesday that Tennessee Smokies catcher Kyle Schwarber has been tabbed as the organization’s Minor League Player of the Month for the month of May. Schwarber becomes the second Smokies player to win a monthly honor from the team’s parent club this season after first baseman Dan Vogelbach earned the Cubs’ Player of the Month Award for the month of April.

The 22-year-old catcher posted a .297 batting average (27-91) in 28 games in the month of May, adding 18 runs, two doubles, eight homers and 17 RBI, along with 24 walks, a .443 on-base percentage and .582 slugging percentage. Included in that stretch were a pair of two-homer games, including during the first game of a doubleheader on May 17 and on May 30 versus Mobile.

Selected by the Cubs as the fourth overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft out of the University of Indiana, Schwarber prior to this season was rated by Baseball America as the No. 19 overall prospect, in addition to the fourth-best Cubs farmhand.

The catcher becomes the second Smokies player to be named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month this year after first baseman Dan Vogelbach was recognized for the same award in April.

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