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Cubs planning to call up prospect Matt Szczur

Aug 16, 2014, 10:00 PM EDT

Matt Szczur

According to CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney, the Cubs are planning to call up outfield prospect Matt Szczur after tonight’s game against the Mets. MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat says the same, though the club has not confirmed it.

Szczur, 25, was drafted by the Cubs in the fifth round of the 2010 draft out of Villanova University. He was a successful football player, but passed that up to pursue baseball. This season has been his first against Triple-A competition. He has compiled a .261/.315/.312 slash line with 30 stolen bases.

  1. signaturecoins - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Um… when are they going to call up Kris Bryant?

    • pinkfloydprism - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:17 PM

      Wow, that is one deserving slash line.

    • jdd428 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM

      To answer your question: My best guess would be May 24, 2015. But the absolute earliest would be Opening Day 2015.

    • tedcarris - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Baseball contracts are some of the most messed up in all sports. Here’s a perfect example. The cubs cannot and will not bring up Bryant until late may. The reason…well, they would loose a year of his ending contract and thus would hae to deal with Boras a full year before you want. It’s simple. Keep him in triple A , accrue more losses this year toup your draft slot. Bring Bryant in late may and you’ll have him for a longer time while avoiding Boris.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      First he’ll have to get back on the field – he left last night’s game with a toe injury. Then he’ll have to continue to fine-tune his game – something both the Cubs front office and Bryant agree isn’t completed.

  2. norvturnersneck - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    30 stolen bases sounds good though. They need a lead off after Bonifacio left.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      I’m guessing he’ll get leadoff duties vs. LHP with Coghlan moving to a platoon role.

  3. jerze2387 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    I think he probably fits in the Brett Jackson/ josh vitters/ mike Olt category more than the future of the team. Maybe a 4th or 5th OF profile at this point

    • rickrenteria - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Very good observation. I would add Junior Lake and Arismendy Alcantara to that list. When the Cubs start adding free agent’s, probably in 2016, they will be pitchers and outfielders.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:20 PM

      He’s got a far better hit tool than any of those three. I don’t think anyone’s expected his long-term future to be anything other than a backup OF for the last couple years – but that doesn’t mean he can’t provide value to the team. It’s just not what the old regime expected when they drafted him.

      • jerze2387 - Aug 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

        I agree he has value. As does Lake as a Utility guy (maybe like a Josh harrison in the future) and Alcantara i think has upsied also.

        I think as a back up OF, considering all the premium prospects they have at positions so far, is what they need. build up the bench. A bench of Szcuzr, Olt, Lake, Vitters and a backup catcher wouldnt be too bad behind a starting lineup of Castillo (for now), Rizzo, Baez, Castro, Russell, Soler, Alcantara/Almora, and Bryant.

        if Almora pans out, eventually Alcantara moves to UTIL with Lake. Schwarber and vogelbach and villanueva up next in case some guys dont pan out (although they should keep Schwarber at C…thats the only position they dont have a great young prospect at)

        Im not even a Cubs fan, and thats a pretty good young team with a player for every role. I wish my White Sox were that set as far as position players for the next 5 years.

      • cubfan531 - Aug 18, 2014 at 4:20 AM

        Give Hahn a few years, I really do believe in him as a GM. It won’t be quite as stacked, but there should be some solid runs for that team. Kind of hard to argue with that rotation if Rodon is everything we’ve been told he is.

  4. thebadguyswon - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    LOL….what a joke. This guy’s not even a prospect. Bryant should be the one promoted.

    • jdd428 - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      From a prospect standpoint, yes, Bryant should be up ahead of Szczur. But they are determined not to bring Bryant up this year – they want him to get a full season in the minors (and they don’t want to start his arb clock).

      • tedcarris - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:08 AM

        They really don’t want to loose a year of his contract. To avoid Super Agent Boris the Cubs won’t bring him up until late may. This will extend his contract the longest. Any earlier, Cubs would loose a year on the back end

      • bwick24 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:42 PM

        Ted learn to spell. There are a lot of deserving guys in our system. Every one of them should get one chance, not just the highly touted ones. If you know baseball, the minors don’t prove anything

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Sczcur becomes the only true CF on the roster. Alcantra’s still learning the position, and the only depth behind him is Ruggiano, who is somewhat stretched at the position. They needed a bench OF, and that’s what Szczur will provide.

  5. rickrenteria - Aug 16, 2014 at 10:54 PM

    In other news, Kris Bryant left tonight’s AAA game after the 2nd inning with an undisclosed injury. Reports are currently mixed (it’s all on Twitter, so who really knows?), but most say it’s not serious. Let’s hope it’s not.

    • tedcarris - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      It’s not. He sharted in his pants and it looked pretty rusty. Imodium will clear it up. He’ll be backout tomorrow.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:13 PM

      Left big toe issue.

  6. makinflowers - Aug 16, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Szczur was already on the 40-man so it’s not a surprise. Plus they’re an OF short since they sent Lake down when they brought up Strailly (although they’re probably still 3 outfielders short no matter who they call up).

  7. sisisisisisisi - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:04 AM

    May I buy a vowel please?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:18 AM

      My first thought was: best wishes to him … and the broadcast media.

    • nbjays - Sep 9, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      No kidding…and I thought Kent Hrbek was bad for lack of vowels.

  8. wilmyers09 - Aug 17, 2014 at 12:57 AM

    rickrenteria cubs already said they are going to be active in free agency this offseason

    • rickrenteria - Aug 17, 2014 at 3:00 AM

      They have said nothing of the sort. I kinda pay attention to these things.

      • yourcubreporter - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:22 PM

        Obviously, ya don’t.

  9. corky2141 - Aug 17, 2014 at 8:09 AM

    Good for him. He is a great guy. May not be a great prospect, but a wonderful human being. He missed a few weeks of football while at ‘Nova to give platelet/ blood transfer to a kid he didn’t even know. Best of luck to him.

  10. sportsfan18 - Aug 17, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    I’m NOT saying Bryant will do this, but SOME kids probably would.

    Bryant could (not will, but could) hold it against the Cubs that they didn’t promote him sooner as one only has so many days until they are old to play this game.

    He will get fewer MLB games etc… He could (not will) not re-sign with them when he gets a chance to go elsewhere.

    Of course, IF the Cubs do become good in the next few yrs he’d most likely stay…

    But SOME (not saying Bryant will) kids would hold this against the team.

    Because the Cubs are only delaying dealing with Boras, not avoiding it.

    The Cubs are telling Bryant we know you deserve it but we don’t care about that. We care about money, your service clock and delaying our meeting with big bad Boras.

    • perryt200 - Aug 17, 2014 at 10:56 AM

      I would hold it against them. I think any rational person would.

      The Cubs are just showing they value money and a losing team over a winning team. And when it comes time to leave Boras will only have to say, “Hey kid, remember how they screwed you over by not bringing you up?”

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:16 PM

      Bryant left last night’s game with an injury, and both the Cubs front office and Bryant agree he’s still got holes in his swing he needs to improve on. They’re collectively working on process, not simply results. He’s still got a weakness with fastballs on that upper inside part of the strike zone, which MLB pitchers will exploit without any issue. AAA pitchers have done this more than AA, but he’s still able to crush good pitches in his part of the zone.

      Bryant’s not quite ready yet, and even he admits it.

  11. Bar None - Aug 17, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    I like this call up. The season is lost, why not give some of the other guys on your 40 man a little experience. Gives you a little time to evaluate and determine if his issues are something that can be fixed in the off-season or if he is someone they should let go.

    • cubfan531 - Aug 17, 2014 at 1:17 PM

      Szczur’s also really been hitting the ball well the last month or so. You’re asking him to be a 4th outfielder long-term, no point in waiting to see if he can do it. Plus he’s a really good person.

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