The Cubs were sitting on a superstar in Kris Bryant from the moment they drafted him with the second pick of the 2013 draft.
Another Cubs star-in-waiting, drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, is outpacing Bryant’s early numbers in Double-A.
Kyle Schwarber, one of the top 100 prospects in baseball as ranked by Baseball America, MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, has posted a .327/.454/.633 slash line through 45 games with Double-A Tennessee. He’s hit 12 home runs and walked 36 times.
Bryant posted a similarly impressive .335/.431/.623 slash line through his first 45 games with Tennessee last year. He also hit 12 home runs and had 23 walks.
Schwarber owns a higher on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS than Bryant at the same point in their careers, as pointed out by Smokies media relations man Andrew Green.
Schwarber collected his fourth consecutive multi-hit game Sunday. He’s 11 for 22 in his last six games.
Some more notes from the Cubs’ farm system:
-Outfielder Billy McKinney went 2 for 3 for Tennessee on Sunday. He’s batting .298 and has hit safely in six of the last seven games.
-Shortstop Javier Baez has his fourth three-hit game for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday, going 3 for 5 with a double and two RBI. He’s hitting .306 this season and went 33 for 105 with five doubles and five homers in 29 May games.
-Pitcher C.J. Edwards made his first appearance after a promotion to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. He threw one inning, gave up one hit, three walks and two earned runs.