Caratini provides catching depth Cubs were seeking

Caratini provides catching depth Cubs were seeking

CHICAGO -- General manager Jed Hoyer said the Cubs are trying to fill some gaps on the organization's depth chart, which is why they selected catcher Kyle Schwarber in the first round of the First-Year Player Draft in June. On Thursday, they acquired another talented catching prospect, Victor Caratini, in a three-player deal with the Braves.

The Cubs sent infielder Emilio Bonifacio and pitcher James Russell to Atlanta for Caratini, 20, who was the Braves' second-round pick in 2013.

"We've said all along, catching is a weakness in our system, and we don't have enough of it," Hoyer said. "To get a guy who is a switch-hitting catcher and controls the strike zone well and has performed well -- we liked him in the Draft, our pro scouts like him."

Caratini was batting .279 at Class A Rome with 18 doubles, four triples, five home runs and 42 RBIs in 87 games. He will be assigned to the Cubs' Class A Kane County team.

What does this mean for Schwarber? He'll continue to catch and play outfield as well. After signing, he has moved quickly through the Cubs' system and is playing for Class A Advanced Daytona, where he is batting .269 in 15 games.

"He's catching less now that he's in Daytona, but that's more to rest him a little bit," Hoyer said of Schwarber, who has played some outfield. "It's been a long season. So far, all his catching work with [Minor League coordinator] Tim Cossins has been excellent."

Carrie Muskat is a reporter for She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings, and you can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.