The Cubs made a few changes to their roster this morning, sending Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa, placing Jason Heyward on the disabled list, and calling up right-handed pitcher Dylan Floro and outfielder Mark Zagunis.
There were high expectations for Schwarber entering the season as the team’s leadoff hitter, but he has been simply unable to recreate his past success. To this point in 2017, he’s slashing a very underwhelming .171/.295/.373 with 12 homers.
Heyward’s placement on the D.L. is no surprise, as he hasn’t played since last Sunday, June 18, as he’s currently dealing with a hand injury.
You may recognize Floro’s name, and that’s because he has been here many times before. In fact, this is already his fourth call-up of the 2017 season. Unfortunately, he has found success in exactly zero of his major league stints, and has never lasted more than two games.
Zagunis’s call-up, however, is the most intriguing transaction of the day. The 24-year-old outfielder is one of the Cubs’ top prospects (ranked sixth by MLB Pipeline and Baseball America) and has been in the organization since the 2014 MLB Draft.
The righty was originally a catcher before his reassignment to the corners of the outfield, but his advanced bat more than makes up for his lack of defensive versatility.
This season hasn’t been Zagunis’s best, as he holds a .249 batting average and 11 homers.
Make sure to catch his first of (hopefully) many major league appearances.