Chicago Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber, of Middletown, bats for the United States team during the All-Star Futures Game held at Great American Ballpark, Sunday, July 12, 2015.  

Cubs call up Middletown grad Kyle Schwarber

Catcher Kyle Schwarber, the Middletown High School graduate who was MVP of the Futures Game at Great American Ball Park on Sunday, is being called up by the Chicago Cubs and will join them in Atlanta tonight as they begin the second half of the season.

Schwarber, the Cubs’ first-round draft pick in 2014, will take Miguel Montero's place on the roster. Montero is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a jammed thumb.

In the Futures Game, the 22-year-old Schwarber tripled and drove in two runs. Last month, in his first stint in the major leagues as a designated hitter in interleague games, he went 8-for-22 with a home run and six RBIs before being sent to Triple-A Iowa to develop his catching skills.

The Cubs will employ three catchers in Montero’s absence, including veterans David Ross and Taylor Teagarden. Schwarber is the lone left-handed hitter in that group.

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