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Kyle Schwarber | Catcher

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (21) / 3/5/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 240
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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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. Oct 10 - 2:40 PM

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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
Sep 17 - 10:22 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.
Aug 24 - 10:29 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.
Aug 23 - 10:33 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.
Aug 17 - 11:24 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.
Jul 30 - 12:13 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.
Jul 17 - 9:20 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.
Jun 26 - 9:21 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.
Jun 21 - 10:00 AM

The Cubs have promoted catcher/outfield prospect Kyle Schwarber to Low-A Kane County.

That didn't take long. The No. 4 pick in this year's draft, Schwarber clearly needed a new challenge after getting 12 hits -- including four homers -- over his first 20 at-bats for Short Season-A Boise. He should be a fast mover up the Cubs' organizational ladder.
Jun 17 - 8:28 PM

Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-5 with a triple for Short Season-A Boise on Monday.

Schwarber played left field for the first time this season. Before the draft, the consensus on Schwarber was that he would likely have to move to an outfield corner. The Cubs are going to try to develop him as a catcher, but will play him in the outfield on the days he does not catch.
Jun 17 - 11:46 AM

Cubs prospect catcher Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-5 with three singles on Saturday.

Schwarber has six hits in nine at bats, and is leading the Northwest League with a 1.667 OPS through two games. He made his second error of the season, further fueling the debate as to his eventual position. Either way, his bat should make him an above-average hitter at any position.
Jun 15 - 10:48 AM

Cubs catching prospect Kyle Schwarber went 3-for-4 with a home run for Short Season-A Boise on Friday.

Schwarber was the fourth overall pick in the 2014 draft, so it's good to see the Indiana University product having a strong debut. He also committed a throwing error in the first inning, allowing the runner to advance from first base to third base on a throwing error. There is much talk that Schwarber will end up in an outfield corner, so his defense will be scrutinized with much interest.
Jun 14 - 9:45 AM

Cubs signed first-round pick C/OF Kyle Schwarber.

MLB.com's Carrie Muskat says Schwarber will receive a $3.125 million bonus, which is $1.4962 million below the assigned slot value of the No. 4 pick. It's no surprise, of course, as part of the reason the Cubs went with Schwarber that high was so that they could sign him below slot and use the savings elsewhere. Schwarber is not expected to stay at catcher, but the Cubs think his bat will play in the outfield.
Jun 11 - 12:21 PM

Cubs selected Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in the draft.

The first curveball of the draft, Schwarber was the star of a surprise Hoosiers team this year, hitting .358/.464/.659 with 14 homers in 232 at-bats. Taking him this high suggests that the Cubs are confident that he can stay behind the plate, which has been in question. He is fast enough to play in the outfield if necessary. Ideally, his left-handed bat will someday fit nicely behind right-handers Albert Almora, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant in the order.
Jun 5 - 7:34 PM