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Kyle Schwarber | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (22) / 3/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right

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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. May 18 - 2:23 PM

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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.
Apr 29 - 4:18 PM

Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a solo home run on Monday for Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber now has three homers on the season, and he’s batting .370/.483/.652 with 10 RBI and a 13/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 14 games. The 22-year-old has been especially hot of late, as he’s posted a robust .464/.467/.750 batting line with 13 hits during his current six-game hitting streak. Meanwhile, he’s driven in at least one run in each game during that span. There’s little doubt Schwarber would continue to hit even if rushed to the major leagues, but the Cubs are wise to use his first full professional season to determine whether he can stick behind the plate.
Apr 28 - 2:20 PM

Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 4-for-6 with an RBI on Wednesday for Double-A Tennessee.

Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2014 draft, is now 6-for-11 with a pair of RBI in his last two games. The 22-year-old is batting .345/.513/.517 with one home run and more walks (10) than strikeouts (9) through 10 games this season in his first taste of the Double-A level. There’s little doubt Schwarber will be an impact hitter in the major leagues, but few are sold on his ability to stick behind the plate. Schwarber has thrown out 3-of-12 attempted basestealers and committed three passed balls in the seven games he’s caught this season.
Apr 23 - 4:14 PM

Cubs reassigned C/OF Kyle Schwarber, OFs Albert Almora, Mike Baxter, and Adron Chambers, INF Chris Valaika, RHPs Daniel Bard, Anthony Carter, Jorge De Leon, and Gonzalez Germen, and LHP Francisley Bueno to minor league camp.

No big surprises in this group. Schwarber, last year's No. 4 overall pick, and 2012 first-round pick Almora are the biggest names to watch here as they make their way through Chicago's prospect-rich pipeline.
Mar 26 - 4:42 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 1-for-3 with a grand slam Thursday in a loss to the Giants.

The Cubs' first round pick in the 2014 draft, going fourth overall, is expected to start the season with High-A Myrtle Beach. Schwarber posted incredible numbers across three levels of A-ball last season, including a 1.061 OPS and 18 home runs in 311 plate appearances.
Mar 5 - 6:19 PM

Cubs president Theo Epstein revealed at a season ticket holder event Friday that prospect Kyle Schwarber will begin next season as a full-time catcher at High-A Myrtle Beach.

The fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, Schwarber mostly played left field in his pro debut this season, but the Cubs want to at least try to develop him as a catcher. His offensive upside is off the charts, so Schwarber could be a monster in fantasy leagues if he could manage to stay behind the plate. He batted .344/.428/.634 with 18 homers over 72 games this season.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 02:40:00 PM

Cubs catching/outfield prospect Kyle Schwarber will be sent to the instructional league to improve his catching.

Schwarber played left field nearly twice as much as he caught in after being drafted in June, and most view the 6-foot, 235-pounder as an outfielder over the long haul. However, the Cubs aren't giving up on him as a catcher. "I’m going to get the opportunity to catch," Schwarber said. "It’s my job to prove that I can. I got a passion for catching, and I feel like if I can do that, then I can help out in a lot of different situations." It's no question that Schwarber's bat will play anywhere, as he hit .344/.428/.634 with 18 homers over 72 games across three levels. But, obviously having that kind of offense behind the plate is intriguing if the Cubs can make it work.
Source: CSN Chicago
Wed, Sep 17, 2014 10:22:00 AM

Cubs C/OF prospect Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a double and a home run for High-A Daytona on Saturday.

Schwarber is in the midst of a eleven-game hitting streak, and has raised his High-A line from .242/.385/.363 to .308/.411/.571. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, and has hit at every level in 2014, making it more and more likely that he will start 2015 with Double-A Tennessee. The Cubs are set with Wellington Castillo as their catcher for the foreseeable future, and Schwarber is more known for his bat than his defense behind the plate. The likely result will be Schwarber's playing in an outfield corner.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014 10:29:00 AM

Cubs C/OF prospect Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-5 with a double and a home run for High-A Daytona on Friday, raising his line to .286/.400/.508.

Schwarber has hit a combined .341/.436/.616 with 17 doubles, two triples, and 14 home runs across three levels in 2014. His first big test should be Double-A, and Schwarber is making a strong case to start there in 2015. Schwarber has caught in 18 games and played left field in 32 games, and will likely be part of the future log jam in the Chicago Cubs outfield.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 10:33:00 AM

Cubs C/OF prospect Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk for High-A Daytona on Saturday.

Schwarber has put up a solid .255/.388/.382 line in the High-A Florida State League, but his line is a world away from the .361/.448/.602 he hit in the Low-A Midwest League. Schwarber, the 4th overall pick in the 2014 draft, has hit .332/.434/.566 with 13 doubles, one triple, and 11 home runs over 58 games. His long-term defensive home is still unsettled, but he is most likely an outfielder.
Sun, Aug 17, 2014 11:24:00 AM

Cubs prospect C/OF Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a home run, double and two RBI on Tuesday for High-A Daytona.

After breezing through the Short Season and Low-A levels to begin his professional career, Schwarber, the No. 4 overall pick in this year's draft, has come back to earth at Daytona, where he's batting .265/.387/.408 with three extra-base hits through 14 games. The left-handed hitter's home run Tuesday was his 10th of the season and first since July 18. Between all three stops, Schwarber is batting .362/.451/.638 with 10 home runs, 10 doubles, 35 RBI and a 29-23 strikeout-to-walk ratio through 42 games.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 12:13:00 PM

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber went 0-for-2 with two walks in his debut with High-A Daytona on Wednesday.

After slashing .600/.625/1.350 with short-season Boise, Schwarber went on to bat .361/.448/.602 with Low-A Kane County. The 21-year old Indiana University product was viewed as a hitter who could progress through the minor leagues quickly, but this rise is even swifter than expected. Schwarber split his time between catcher and outfield with Low-A Kane County, and made his High-A debut in left field. His future role is still undetermined.
Thu, Jul 17, 2014 09:20:00 AM

Cubs prospect catcher Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a home run and a stolen base for Low-A Kane County, bringing his Low-A line to .421/.500/.842.

Schwarber is hitting a combined .486/.548/1.057 with three doubles, one triple, and five home runs in 42 plate appearances over 10 games. At some point, Schwarber will play at a level which poses a challenge, but he may need to be promoted to High-A Daytona before that happens.
Thu, Jun 26, 2014 09:21:00 AM

Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a double, home run, and a walk for Low-A Kane County on Friday.

Schwarber is 3-for-6 in two games with Low-A Kane County, but his combined line is .545/.593/1.273 with two doubles, one triple, and four home runs. The Indiana University product could see another promotion to High-A Daytona before the season is over, giving the Cubs yet another slugging prospect who is less than two years away from the major leagues.
Sat, Jun 21, 2014 10:00:00 AM

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