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Cubs tab Kyle Schwarber as minor league player of month

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Cubs tab Kyle Schwarber as minor league player of month

Kyle Schwarber is off to a heck of a start in his professional career.

The 22-year-old was named the Cubs minor league player of the month for May after hitting .297/.443/.582 in the month with eight homers, 18 runs and 17 RBI in 28 games.

Schwarber led the entire Cubs system in homers, walks, slugging percentage and OPS for the month and paced the Southern League in walks while also finishing second in homers, third in OPS and OBP and fourth in slugging.

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Schwarber is determined to stick at catcher and his fielding is a work in progress, but his bat and plate approach may be nearly MLB-ready. He owns a career 1.052 OPS in 119 minor-league games with 30 homers and 85 RBI in 419 at-bats.

On the season, Schwarber is hitting .312 with a 1.038 OPS, 12 homers, 32 RBI, 31 runs and a 37:42 BB:K ratio with Double-A Tennessee.

The Cubs named 2014 10th-round draft pick Ryan Williams the organization's minor league pitcher of the month as the right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA in five starts for Class-A South Bend.

Williams, 23, is 4-1 with a sparkling 1.17 ERA and 0.708 WHIP in 53.2 innings on the season with South Bend.

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He was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and started Wednesday's game for the Smokies, surrendering three runs in 5.1 innings with four strikeouts.

Williams had a 1.35 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 11 relief appearances in the Cubs system last season.

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Reds pitcher Amir Garrett apparently held a grudge against Javy Baez for a year

Baseball players don't forget grudges. Javy Baez and Reds pitcher Amir Garrett gave an example of that on Saturday.

Garrett struck out Baez in the seventh inning of the first game of the Cubs-Reds doubleheader. Garrett showed some excitement with the strikeout and then said something to Baez. They both started jawing at each other and suddenly the benches cleared.

At first glance, it looked like Garrett was a bit too excited to get a strikeout with no one on base. Turns out Baez had his own bit of swag for Garrett last year (Friday was the one-year anniversary) in the form of a grand slam at Wrigley Field.

This time Garrett got Baez and wanted to even things up a bit.

Things didn't get too feisty despite the benches clearing, but Anthony Rizzo did rush to Baez's side at some speed. This could be a matchup to keep an eye out for in the future.

Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

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Cubs Talk Podcast: The greatest Cubs moments at Great American Ballpark

Siera Santos, Kelly Crull, and David DeJesus go into the audio archives to break down the biggest games for the Cubs in Cincinnati.

David DeJesus gives us his top 3 ballgames with such gems as The Schwarber Game, The Kris Bryant Game, Starlin Castro’s debut, and Jake Arrieta’s second no hitter.

Listen to the full Cubs Talk Podcast right here: