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Kyle Schwarber | Outfielder | #12

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (24) / 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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Kyle Schwarber clubbed two homers Wednesday in the Cubs’ Cactus League win over the Athletics.
Schwarber led off the game with a solo homer to deep center field. He left the yard again in the fourth, hammering a two-run shot off Daulton Jefferies. The Cubs’ leadoff man has hit .275 with five homers and 14 RBI over 51 Cactus League at-bats this spring. The 24-year-old offers considerable fantasy value, even in leagues where he’s only eligible as an outfielder. Mar 29 - 7:31 PM

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Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's rain-shortened Cactus League loss to the Reds.

Schwarber rocked a two-run home run off Scott Feldman in the fifth inning. The game was called on account of rain a short time later. This was Schwarber's third homer of the spring. With the season rapidly approaching, perhaps the best thing that the Cubs -- and interested fantasy parties -- can take away from Schwarber's camp is that he has reported no sign of soreness or discomfort in his surgically-repaired left knee.
Mar 22 - 11:04 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a homer, four RBI, and two runs scored as the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-3 in Cactus League play on Friday.

Schwarber, who made the start in right field, hit a long three-run homer in the third inning before plating another run on a single in the fifth. Sure, the power is great, but the Cubs are planning to use him as their primary leadoff hitter this season. That looks unconventional on the surface, but there’s something to be said for giving your best hitters as many at-bats as possible. It should be fun to watch.
Mar 17 - 6:33 PM

Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Saturday that Kyle Schwarber "will get an opportunity" to show he can hit left-handed pitching.

Schwarber is just 8-for-56 (.143) in his career versus southpaws, but the Cubs are confident he'll improve against them with more chances. That said, they have other options in left field, so Schwarber's leash when it comes to facing lefties probably isn't terribly long. He's also going to be pulled out of games late for defensive purposes. The upside with Schwarber is obviously huge, but fantasy owners need to be prepared for him to not play as much as most regulars.
Mar 12 - 9:02 AM

Kyle Schwarber hit his first home run of the spring in Saturday's Cactus League game against the Rockies.

Schwarber also singled in the contest. He entered Saturday's action with a mere two hits in 16 at-bats. Given that the slugger missed almost the entire 2016 season due to a torn ACL, it is not a huge surprise that he is starting a tad slow with the bat. Schwarber was batting leadoff in Saturday's game, something he will likely do quite a bit during the coming season if he can stay healthy.
Mar 11 - 6:20 PM

When asked if Kyle Schwarber would be a candidate to back up Anthony Rizzo at first base, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said, "not really."

Maddon said Schwarber could easily be taught first base but doesn't see a need to play him there right now. The question was brought up because Rizzo missed Thursday's Cactus League game with a stiff back, though he shouldn't miss more than a day or two. Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Willson Contreras are all candidates to back up Rizzo at first this year.
Mar 2 - 5:33 PM

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

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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3Ali Solis
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
2Javier Baez
3Tommy La Stella
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
LF1Kyle Schwarber
CF1Jon Jay
2Albert Almora
RF1Jason Heyward
2Matt Szczur
Starting Pitcher
S1Jon Lester
2Jake Arrieta
3Kyle Hendricks
4John Lackey
5Brett Anderson
Relief Pitcher
R1Wade Davis
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Koji Uehara
5Mike Montgomery
6Carl Edwards Jr.
7Justin Grimm
8Brian Duensing
9Gerardo Concepcion
10Manny Parra
11Andury Acevedo
12Daniel Moskos