According to several reports, it appears the Cubs will call up outfielder, Matt Szczur, on Sunday. Szczur (pronounced like “Caesar”), 25, has been with the organization since being drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. Szczur is most widely known for his speed, collecting 30 stolen bases in 116 games with AAA Iowa. Szczur isn’t as heralded as other prospects; his .261 batting average and 1 home run doesn’t exactly scream “superstar”. His relatively low strikeout rate (17 percent) should help a team that is 29th in strikeouts-per-nine innings (8.79 K/9). While he doesn’t draw too many walks (30 on the year), he would still rank 4th on the club in that category. His 30 stolen bases on 36 attempts (83 percent) would also rank first on the team.
The move comes after intense rumors that prized Cuban prospect Jorge Soler could soon make his debut. While this does not preclude Soler, it just means that he may have to wait until September to be called up. As the Cubs move closer to the “future”, Theo and Jed want to see as many of the prospects as they can. Szczur could have a future being a quality 4th outfielder, capable of coming of the bench at a moment’s notice. His speed on the base paths could be an asset, as he approaches his “prime years” (roughly 27-30 years old).
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