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Cubs promote top picks Bryant, Schwarber

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  • Kane County Cougars fans will get to see former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, right, when he joins their team this week. Schwarber was promoted from Class A Boise by the Cubs.

      Kane County Cougars fans will get to see former Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber, right, when he joins their team this week. Schwarber was promoted from Class A Boise by the Cubs.
    Associated Press

 

By Bruce Miles

bmiles@dailyherald.com

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After missing out on Kris Bryant last year, fans of the Kane County Cougars will get to see Kyle Schwarber this season.

The Cubs announced Tuesday that Schwarber, their first-round draft choice this season out of Indiana University, has been promoted from short-season Class A Boise to the Class A Cougars of the Midwest League.

Early Wednesday, the Cubs confirmed that Bryant, their No. 1 pick from 2013, is being promoted from Class AA Tennessee to Class AAA Iowa.

The 21-year-old Schwarber was 12-for-20 over his first five professional games in Boise and had an hitting line of .600/.625/1.350 for an OPS of 1.975. He hit 4 homers and drove in 10 runs. The Cubs took him with the fourth overall pick in the June amateur draft and signed him last week. Schwarber is a catcher-outfielder who also saw time as DH for Boise.

Last year, the Cubs selected Bryant with their first-round draft pick. He began his pro career in Mesa before moving onto Boise last summer. However, the Cubs decided to have him bypass Kane County for high-Class A Daytona. This year, Bryant is having a monster season at Class AA Tennessee, where he had a line of .355/.458/.702 with 22 homers and 58 RBI.

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