CINCINNATI - If Miguel Montero is going to miss time, Kyle Schwarber may be an option for the Cubs at catcher.
Everybody knows Schwarber's bat is ready. But is the organization's top remaining prospect ready to catch in the big leagues?
"I feel like I can do it," Schwarber said after winning MVP in the MLB Futures Game in Cincinnati on Sunday evening. "I'm not gonna have a doubt in my mind that I can't do it.
"I know I have a lot to work on and I'm going to work at it daily to get better and try to make myself not just a one-dimensional player, but the complete package."
Schwarber grew up 25 minutes from Great American Ballpark and helped lead the U.S. team to a 10-1 victory Sunday, hitting a two-run triple in front of a group of family and friends that numbered more than 100.
It's been a whirlwind year for Schwarber, who went from being the fourth overall pick in 2014 to a six-game stint in the majors last month to another dream come true Sunday, playing in the home park of his childhood team ("My eyes lit up as soon as I stepped on it").
Now, with Montero sidelined with a thumb injury, the Cubs could come calling again.
Montero has four days off now with the All-Star break, but the Cubs don't know if he'll be ready to go once they resume play in Atlanta on Friday.
Schwarber still has to answer questions about whether or not he can stick as a catcher long-term, but he thinks he's ready.
"I feel like I've improved my game," he said. "It's been a dramatic change for me. A year ago, I was at Indiana and now I'm here.
"But I still have a lot more to go. I'm still going to be working every day to get better."
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Schwarber helped earn his MVP award in the Futures Game by throwing out Mariners speedster Ketel Marte trying to steal second.
"I take a lot of pride in catching," he said. "I know I got a lot of things to work on, but I'm always trying to get myself better.
"I try to work on my defense just as much as my offense."
Schwarber said his big-league experience helped calm his nerves and slow things down for the Futures Game.
Does he think he'll get another call this week to return to "The Show?"
"I don't know," Schwarber said. "It's not my decision. Like I said, I like to keep my head buried in baseball and just try to be good today. If I do that, hopefully I'll find myself in a good situation."