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Kyle Schwarber | Designated Hitter

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Cubs C prospect Kyle Schwarber blasted his first Triple-A home run Saturday for Iowa.
Schwarber homered in the majors before hitting his first Triple-A home run. The 22-year-old finished a triple shy of the cycle on Saturday and is now batting .263 in 19 at-bats for Iowa. Schwarber's bat is big-league ready. Now he just needs to work on his catching. Jun 28 - 3:39 PM
Source: MILB.com

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Cubs optioned C Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa.

Schwarber knew he would only be with the team for a week to function as the designated hitter, and certainly made the most of his opportunity. With his 1-for-4 effort on Tuesday, he hit .364 (8-for-22) with a homer and five RBI in six games with the Cubs. He should be back up in September.
Jun 21 - 5:50 PM

Kyle Schwarber is once again in the Cubs starting lineup as the designated hitter on Saturday.

The 22-year-old has been very impressive thus far, slashing .462/.462/.846 with a homer and four RBI in his first 13 at-bats. Despite his impressive showing, Schwarber isn't ready to play the outfield at the big league level, so he'll head back to Triple-A after the weekend is through.
Jun 20 - 12:03 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 and hit his first big-league homer Thursday off the Indians' Danny Salazar.

Cool. He's still going back to Triple-A. Schwarber hasn't played a single inning in the outfield this year and the Cubs know he's not ready to catch in the majors, so he's getting sent down even though it looks like he can help right now.
Jun 19 - 12:04 AM

Kyle Schwarber will bat eighth and serve as the designated hitter Thursday against the Indians.

Schwarber batted sixth out of the DH spot on Wednesday and went 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI. However, he'll slide down to eighth spot with Miguel Montero back in the lineup. The Cubs are stilling planning to send Schwarber to Triple-A after this weekend.
Jun 18 - 4:09 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-5 with a triple and two RBI as the Cubs blitzed the Indians 17-0 on Wednesday.

The Cubs scored in just three of nine innings, but they did a ton of damage in those. The last seven runs came in the ninth, when the Indians used Ryan Raburn and David Murphy to pitch. In so doing, they probably became the first team ever to use nine pitchers in a nine-inning, non-September game (Baseball-Reference shows no one else doing it since at least 1914). Schwarber tripled off Shaun Marcum for his first hit. The Cubs used him at DH tonight, even though Miguel Montero was scratched to open up the catcher spot. He'll likely DH again Thursday.
Jun 17 - 10:32 PM

Kyle Schwarber is in the designated hitter spot and batting eighth in his first major league start on Wednesday.

Schwarber struck out on Tuesday after entering the game late, but this will be his first start in the big leagues. He's slated to serve as the Cubs' DH through the weekend before being sent to Triple-A Iowa.
Jun 17 - 3:34 PM

Kyle Schwarber struck out in his first major league at-bat in Tuesday's loss to the Indians.

Schwarber came in to catch in the top of the ninth inning, and he led off the bottom of the inning as well. Unfortunately, the lefty swinger drew a tough matchup with southpaw Marc Rzepczynski on the mound and he went down swinging. He should see plenty of at-bats starting Wednesday, though, as the Cubs play to use him at designated hitter during their American League road trip before sending him down to Triple-A Iowa.
Jun 16 - 11:50 PM

Cubs purchased the contract of C Kyle Schwarber from Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber is going to serve as the Cubs' DH during a six-game stretch in American League parks and will then head to Triple-A Iowa. The 22-year-old top catching prospect has hit .320/.438/.579 with 13 homers and 39 RBI in 58 games this season at Double-A Tennessee and should soon be a fantasy monster.
Jun 16 - 4:37 PM

Jesse Rogers of ESPNChicago.com reports that the Cubs will call up Kyle Schwarber on Tuesday to serve as their designated hitter during interleague play.

He'll be a bat off the bench Tuesday before back-to-back interleague series on the road from Wednesday to Sunday. The plan is to send Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa after that and president Theo Epstein says it will remain the plan regardless of how the slugger performs this week. The 22-year-old boasts a ridiculous .320/.438/.579 batting line with 13 homers and 39 RBI at Double-A Tennessee this season.
Jun 15 - 9:48 PM

Cubs C prospect Kyle Schwarber mashed his 13th home run Tuesday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

That ends a nine-game homer-less drought for the 22-year-old. Schwarber's production has plateaued a bit recently, but he's still among the league leaders in RBI, slugging percentage and OPS. Schwarber is one of seven Tennessee players headed to this month's Southern League All-Star Game in Montgomery.
Jun 10 - 5:23 PM

Cubs prospect C Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with three RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee.

It was the 16th multi-hit game of the season for Schwarber, who’s batting a robust .323/.445/.602 with 12 home runs, seven doubles and 35 RBI through 48 games for Tennessee. The 22-year-old also sports strikeout and walk rates of 20.9% and 18.4%, respectively, in 201 plate appearances. While his bat is among the best in the minor leagues, Schwarber’s transition to a full-time catching role hasn’t gone as smoothly, evidenced by his 18.2% caught-stealing rate (10 for 55) in 31 games. Schwarber also saw time in left field last season, a position that potentially offers him a clearer path to the major leagues. For the time being, however, the Cubs seem intent on developing him behind the plate.
Jun 4 - 2:12 PM

Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber belted a pair of home runs Saturday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber has gone 9-for-18 with five RBI over his last five games. That hot streak comes on the heels of a 1-for-19 skid. The 22-year-old leads the Southern League in home runs (12), slugging (.636), OPS (1.089), on base percentage (.453) and walks (36). He's Chicago's third-ranked prospect on MLB.com.
Source: MILB.com
May 31 - 4:20 PM

Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber homered twice Sunday in a win for Double-A Tennessee.

He's 8-for-15 over his last four games with three homers and six RBI. Schwarber is now tied with Adam Brett Walker for the Southern League lead in home runs with nine. His league-leading 1.105 OPS is almost 100 points higher than the next best player (teammate Dan Vogelbach at 1.013). The 22-year-old is already an offensive dynamo but he's still a project behind the plate.
Source: MILB.com
May 18 - 2:23 PM

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber filled up the stat sheet with a home run and three RBI Tuesday for Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber has swung a hot bat all season, hitting .388 with four dingers. He's been even better over his last seven games, collecting a .484 average across 31 at-bats. The Cubs are trying to decide if Schwarber can play catcher at the next level, so he might need some extra reps in Double-A. Clearly, the 22-year-old is having no trouble offensively.
Source: MILB.com
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Miguel Montero
2David Ross
3Taylor Teagarden
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Addison Russell
2Tommy La Stella
SS1Starlin Castro
2Jonathan Herrera
3B1Kris Bryant
2Mike Olt
LF1Chris Coghlan
2Chris Denorfia
3Mike Baxter
CF1Dexter Fowler
RF1Jorge Soler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Jason Hammel
4Kyle Hendricks
5Tsuyoshi Wada
6Clayton Richard
7Jacob Turner
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Hector Rondon
2Neil Ramirez
3Pedro Strop
4Jason Motte
5Justin Grimm
6James Russell
7Edwin Jackson
8Zac Rosscup
9Travis Wood