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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Middletown's Kyle Schwarber In ASG Future's Game

The Middletown Middies will be represented in the Sirrius XM Futures Game on Sunday the preamble to the All-Star game.

Schwarber had 22 at-bats for the Chicago Cubs earlier this season, hitting .364 (8-for-22) with a home run and six RBI.  He was with the team while they needed a designated hitter then was reassigned to Triple A Iowa.

The 22-year old was drafted in the first round last year by the Cubs (fourth overall) after matriculating at Indiana University.

Schwarber, a catcher, will play under US team manager Ken Griffey St.
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Griffey senior was a coach with the Colorado Rockies when Glen Este's Jayhawk Owens was a catcher for them.

Schwarber will likely catch Reds' pitching prospect Amir Garrett, who pitches for the Daytona Tortugas in the Florida State League. Garrett played basketball at St. John's University before concentrating on baseball full time.

Kyle Waldrop, who was recently promoted from Pensacola to Louisville, will also play for Griffey's squad.  Waldrop is hitting .275 overall with six home runs and 31 RBI.  He was chosen in the 12 round of the 2010 draft.

Reds' and National Hall of Famer, Tony Perez, will manage the World Team.  One of his players is Reds' prospect Yorman Rodriguez, who had a taste of the big leagues last season. Rodriguez was signed by the Reds as an International free agent as a 16-year old in 2008.  Rodriguez, who was recently named International League Player of the Week, is hitting .269 with eight home runs and 37 RBI for the Bats.

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