CHICAGO -- The Cubs named Class A Advanced Daytona catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber and Double-A Tennessee right-hander Pierce Johnson as the Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for August.
Schwarber, 21, batted .330 with 20 runs, 14 walks, eight doubles, eight homers and 17 RBIs in 28 August games for Daytona. He compiled a 15-game hitting streak from Aug. 14-27, going 25-for-60 (.417) with nine multihit efforts and 14 RBIs in that stretch.
The Cubs' No. 1 pick in the June First-Year Player Draft and their No. 7-ranked prospect, Schwarber posted a .403 on-base percentage and a .660 slugging percentage, good for a 1.063 OPS, and was named the Florida State League Player of the Week for Aug. 18-24.
In 72 games this season between short-season Boise, Class A Kane County and Daytona, Schwarber batted .344 with 55 runs, 39 walks, 18 doubles, two triples, 18 home runs and 53 RBIs. He played 36 games in left field and caught 20 games, throwing out 11 of 32 (34 percent) stolen-base attempts.
Schwarber drove in six runs in Daytona's two-game sweep of Dunedin in the first round of the Florida State League playoffs.
Johnson, 23, went 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA, giving up six earned runs over 31 1/3 innings, with 34 strikeouts and a 1.12 WHIP in six August starts for Tennessee. His .186 opponent batting average ranked fourth lowest among Southern League pitchers while his 1.72 ERA ranked fifth lowest. Johnson recorded three straight scoreless starts, Aug. 3-15, going 2-0 with 21 strikeouts and six hits and six walks allowed in 16 innings.
In his third pro season, Johnson, the Cubs' No. 10 prospect, posted a 2.54 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) between Kane County and Tennessee. He was selected by the Cubs in the sandwich round (43rd overall) of the 2012 Draft out of Missouri State University.
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