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Kyle Schwarber moves up quickly

6/18/2014

It took all of five games for Kyle Schwarber, the Chicago Cubs' 2014 first-round pick, to get a promotion. Schwarber dominated Northwest League pitching, racking up four home runs and 10 RBIs to go along with a .600 batting average.

While last year’s top pick, Kris Bryant, spent 18 games with short season Class-A Boise, Schwarber is headed to Low-A baseball in Kane County much quicker. The difference is Schwarber was playing college baseball up until a couple of weeks ago and signed quickly with the Cubs after the draft. After seeing him for a few days -- the plan had been to give him a few more games -- the Cubs decided he wasn’t rusty and gave him the promotion. Bryant didn’t sign with the Cubs until mid-July so he had been away from competitive baseball for a while and needed more time. He eventually skipped Kane County and went right to High-A Daytona.

So now the question is: How far can Schwarber go this season? If he had started out at Daytona then finishing at Double-A was at least a possibility, considering he’s on the field playing so quickly after being drafted. But his current best-case scenario probably has him at Kane County for a while, then finishing up the season at Daytona if he proves himself as he did in Boise. Starting next year at Double-A -- like Bryant did this year -- makes a lot of sense.