Schwarber, Edwards rep Cubs in Futures Game
Club's top two prospects follow last year's stars Bryant and Baez
CHICAGO -- Cubs prospects Carl Edwards Jr. (No. 1) and Kyle Schwarber (No. 2) were named to the 2015 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
Schwarber, 22, the Cubs' first-round pick in the June 2014 First-Year Player Draft, already has had a whirlwind first half. He began at Double-A Tennessee, where he batted .320 in 58 games with 13 home runs, 10 doubles and 39 RBIs, and he was promoted to the big league team June 16 for a six-game stint to be the designated hitter in Interleague games.
The promotion was perfectly timed for the Ohio native, who got his first start in Cleveland June 17 and had about 40 family and friends present. He tripled for his first big league hit, and he finished 8-for-22 in six games with a home run and six RBIs. Schwarber was promoted to Triple-A Iowa and made his first start Tuesday.
Edwards, 23, compiled a 2.66 ERA in 13 games at Tennessee, striking out 36 over 23 2/3 innings before he was promoted to Iowa. The right-hander, who the Cubs acquired from the Rangers in the Matt Garza trade, had a 3.27 ERA in seven games, striking out 12 over 11 innings.
Tennessee hitting coach Desi Wilson will be on the U.S. team coaching staff.
Major League Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Scouting Bureau, MLB.com, Baseball America and the 30 Major League Clubs, selected the 25 players currently on each team. Ken Griffey Sr. will manage the U.S. Team, while Tony Perez will be the skipper of the World Team.
Last year, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez were both named to the Futures Game, and Baez hit a two-run homer for the World team.
The 17th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. CT on July 12, and it can be seen live on MLB Network and MLB.com, with Matt Vasgersian, Dan Plesac, Heidi Watney and Jonathan Mayo on the call. In addition, SiriusXM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio (XM channel 89; Sirius channel 209). MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @FuturesGame on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.