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Kyle Schwarber | Outfielder | #12

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 3/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Indiana
Drafted: 2014 / Rd. 1 (4) / CHC
Contract: view contract details
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon confirmed Thursday that Kyle Schwarber is the clear frontrunner to bat leadoff.
Schwarber doesn't have the physique of a traditional leadoff man, but that bat plays anywhere and the No. 1 spot in the lineup just means more plate appearances. Schwarber, 23, owns an .831 OPS with 16 home runs and 43 RBI through his first 71 major league games. He went 7-for-17 (.412) with three walks last year in the World Series. Feb 23 - 1:31 PM

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Kyle Schwarber (knee) has been cleared for catching activities.

Schwarber went for an exam on Monday and everything checked out fine with his knee. He'll participate in catching drills in camp and figures to see some time behind the plate this spring. The Cubs are envisioning him as their third catcher, though he'd be more of an emergency option there. Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero will carry most of the load.
Feb 15 - 9:54 AM

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Tuesday that the goal is for Kyle Schwarber to serve as the team's third catcher in 2017 in addition to his left field duties.

Schwarber will see doctors Tuesday in hopes of being cleared to catch. If all goes well, he'll begin doing catching drills one or two days per week. The Cubs still have Willson Contreras and Miguel Montero, so Schwarber will see the great majority of his playing time in left field. His ability to catch would merely be a bonus.
Feb 14 - 1:57 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said that he would consider batting Kyle Schwarber (knee) leadoff.

This is, of course, all very early and tentative, with plenty of time for tinkering. Just doing some early January spitballing, Maddon tossed out a possible lineup against a right-handed starter in which Schwarber led off, followed up by Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist. Schwarber has batted leadoff just twice in his career. 51 of his 61 games started have come out of the two-hole. The slugger made a bit cameo in the World Series and should be ready to rock and roll come spring training after suffering a torn ACL last April. One additional note -- Maddon indicated that if he did bat Schwarber at the front of the lineup, he would consider hitting his pitcher eighth.
Jan 11 - 5:37 PM

Kyle Schwarber (knee) will continue to rehab, but won't play winter ball.

The Cubs were considering sending Schwarber to winter ball in order to get some extra at-bats after his knee surgery, but general manager Jed Hoyer said Monday that they felt "he proved he could hit Major League pitching." The young slugger is capable of making a big impact in 2017, but it's unclear where he'll fit in the lineup. Hoyer said the club has yet to decide if he'll be an option to catch in 2017.
Source: Cubs.mb.com
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:20:00 AM

The Cubs are considering sending Kyle Schwarber to winter ball to get some at-bats.

Schwarber made it back for the World Series after missing most of the season following knee surgery, but he was restricted from playing the field. The Cubs will soon evaluate the next step in his rehab, but all signs are positive thus far. The big question is how the Cubs will fit him into their lineup in 2017.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 01:57:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber will hit second in Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday against the Indians.

The full lineup will be announced later this afternoon, but Anthony Rizzo broke the news on a radio spot. Schwarber was forced to serve as a pinch-hitter under National League rules in Chicago, but he's back in the DH spot with the return to Cleveland. With Schwarber moving into the No. 2 spot, Kris Bryant will slide down to third. Rizzo is batting cleanup and Ben Zobrist will hit fifth.
Tue, Nov 1, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein said Thursday afternoon that Kyle Schwarber is not medically cleared to play left field.

Schwarber is coming off knee surgery and doctors feel that there's too much risk involved with rushing him back to play the field. While he served as the designated hitter for the first two games in Cleveland, he'll be limited to pinch-hitting duties for the next three games in Chicago. The Cubs were hoping for better news, but Schwarber is still capable of making an impact off the bench.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 05:08:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing left field as the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.

This isn't Maddon's call, though. Schwarber will receive a medical exam on Thursday to determine whether his surgically-repaired left knee is sound enough for play in the field. Even if he isn't available beyond pinch-hitting duties in Games 3-5 at Wrigley, the slugger has already made his mark on this World Series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, he hit a pair of RBI singles and drew a walk to help the Cubs knot their series with the Indians at 1-1. Maddon relayed that he saw no physical issues with Schwarber during the first two games in Cleveland.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:40:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series.

Schwarber surprised earlier this week by making the World Series roster after undergoing a torrid rehab of a torn ACL suffered in April. Already, he has made his mark. He doubled in Game 1 of the series, then came back around in Game 2 to pick up RBI singles in the third and fifth innings. The 23-year-old slugger also drew a walk in the contest. He has had the luxury of serving as a designated hitter in the American League park, but has not been medically cleared to play the field. Unless the Cubs receive fresh clearance on that front, Schwarber will be relegated to pinch-hitting work in Games 3-5 at Wrigley Field.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 11:22:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a double in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

Schwarber looked completely overmatched in his first at-bat, but he drove a Corey Kluber pitch off the right field wall in the top of the fourth and drew an impressive walk against lefty reliever Andrew Miller in the top of the seventh. Schwarber hadn't played in a major league game since tearing both the ACL and LCL in his left knee on April 7. Cubs manager Joe Maddon can feel good about running the big man back out there as his designated hitter in Game 2.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 11:56:00 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said during a radio appearance on Monday that Kyle Schwarber will serve as the designated hitter in Game 1 of the World Series against the Indians on Tuesday.

Maddon said he has one other lineup surprise, though he's not ready to officially announce it. Speculation is that Jason Heyward could be benched for Game 1. Schwarber has been out since early April due to a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee, but the Cubs think he has shown enough progress to be thrown into the fire against Corey Kluber in Game 1. It's an amazing story and a big gamble.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 01:31:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber has officially been added to the Cubs' roster for the World Series.

Schwarber's brief stint in the Arizona Fall League over the weekend was enough to convince the Cubs that he's ready to return. It's a remarkable recovery for the young slugger, who underwent surgery in April to repair a torn ACL and LCL in his left knee. He's expected to DH in Cleveland, but will be limited to pinch-hitting duties back in Chicago. The Cubs are going with 11 pitchers and 14 position players for the World Series. Schwarber took Rob Zastryzny's spot on the roster.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 10:05:00 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that "all signs point" to Kyle Schwarber (knee) being a part of the Cubs' World Series roster.

The club won't make an official decision until Schwarber meets them in Cleveland on Tuesday, but he appears to have passed all tests in his Arizona Fall League action. Rosenthal does note that one concern would be the Cubs not being able to replace Schwarber on the roster if he aggravates a pre-existing condition. However, they might be willing to risk it in order to get his bat back. Schwarber wouldn't be used in the field but could DH in Cleveland and be a pinch-hitter in Chicago.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 06:34:00 PM

Kyle Schwarber (knee) went 1-for-3 with a walk, double and a run scored for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League on Monday.

Schwarber slid into second base on his double and appeared to have no issues with his surgically-repaired left knee. He will now fly to Cleveland to join the Cubs and could be a part of their World Series roster when it's announced Tuesday morning. Schwarber would serve as the Cubs' designated hitter for games in Cleveland and be a bat off the bench for games in Chicago.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 06:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Victor Caratini
4Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
4Jemile Weeks
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
3Jacob Hannemann
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Mike Montgomery
6Brett Anderson
7Aaron Brooks
8Duane Underwood
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Carl Edwards Jr.
6Justin Grimm
7Rob Zastryzny
8Felix Pena
9Jose Rosario
10Eddie Butler
11Jake Buchanan
12Alec Mills
13Brian Duensing
14Jack Leathersich
15Caleb Smith
16David Rollins