Cubs Prospects: Updates on Bryant, Soler, Schwarber, Almora, and Russell

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Kris Bryant

There has been a lot of buzz around the Chicago Cubs and their prospects lately with the call-up of Javier Baez to the majors.

The Cubs top prospect after Baez, potential superstar Kris Bryant, has been a topic of discussion the entire year on whether or not he will get called up to the big leagues before the end of the season.

And, despite his dominance at Iowa—hitting .323 with 15 home runs and 38 RBIs in 47 games—it appears we will have to wait until next year to see Bryant rep a Chicago Cubs uniform.

The Chicago Tribune got a quote from Theo Epstein yesterday reiterating the fact that Bryant will not be called up before the year’s end:

“Nothing has changed, ” Epstein said. “I don’t foresee a scenario where Kris would get called up this year. It would really take extraordinary circumstances to call up anybody in his first full professional season. For us… not only would the player have to be doing extraordinary things, but there would have to be unique circumstances with the big league team, where we were in a pennant race and really needed that boost.” -Chicago Tribune

Jorge Soler

Cubs fans are going to have to wait just a little bit longer to see Bryant play, but there is one prospect that may get called up soon.

Jorge Soler, the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for July, has been on a tear as of late. Last night he went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, two walks, three RBIs, and three runs scored. In 165 at bats in AA and AAA combined, Soler has been batting .377/.473/.783 with 12 HRs and .313/.431/.750 with five HRs in Iowa.

If the Cubs are to call up another prospect to the majors, Soler is the most likely candidate.

Kyle Schwarber

Schwarber has been on a tear since being drafted as the fourth overall pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs.

MLB.com published a story about Schwarber and his recent dominance:

 Schwarber has been on a tear since the Cubs made him the fourth overall pick of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft. He sped through the lower levels of the Minor Leagues, playing just five games with Rookie-level Boise and 23 with Class A Kane County before earning promotions.

Between the three stops, Schwarber is hitting .351/.448/.615 with 11 home runs in 49 games. Though he was primarily a catcher at Indiana University, he has settled into left field at Daytona. Thursday was his 13th start at the position in 21 games in the Florida State League. -MLB.com

Albert Almora

Almora has been struggling as of recently. In his last sixteen at-bats, he has one hit and four strikeouts.

He has been playing better overall since coming back from a hamstring injury, but just hasn’t been in the groove lately. And, to add insult to injury, he re-injured his hamstring last night running out a grounder. The severity of the injury is not yet known.

For the season he is batting .269 and has eight home runs, 22 doubles, and 53 RBIs in 103 games.

Addison Russell

The Cubs top pick-up from the Samardzija deal has been performing very well in Tennessee. The star shortstop is hitting .300 with eight home runs.

Oh, and the kid can play some defense.

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