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2017 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 24)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
597 .250 32 92 85 4 .286 3.9
Birth Date3-5-1993
Height6' 0"
Weight235 lbs
Age24 years, 8 months, 18 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2013
2014
1.92015
-0.12016
1.82017
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 CHN 22 69 273 232 52 57 6 1 16 113 36 77 4 1 0 43 3 3 .246 .355 .487 .307 23.0 -4.9 1.9
2016 CHN 23 2 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .099 -0.7 0.0 -0.1
2017 CHN 24 129 486 422 67 89 16 1 30 197 59 150 5 0 0 59 1 1 .211 .315 .467 .266 14.1 3.4 1.8
Career200764658119146222463109622991010244.222.329.471.28036.4-1.53.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2014 KNC A 23 96 .297 .280 .339 .417 .279 .419 97 0.8 0.6 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 1.2 0.1 1.2 0.1
2014 BOI A- 5 24 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .533 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 DAY A+ 44 191 .324 .250 .319 .371 .251 .328 102 13.4 5.6 -0.7 1.3 -0.7 17.6 1.9 17.6 1.9
2015 CHN MLB 69 273 .307 .259 .325 .413 .271 .293 98 12.6 7.4 -0.4 -4.9 3.4 23.0 1.9 23.0 1.9
2015 TEN AA 58 243 .371 .257 .330 .378 .269 .365 96 27.4 6.5 1.3 3.7 0.3 35.5 4.2 35.5 4.2
2015 IOW AAA 17 67 .385 .258 .316 .384 .259 .500 87 8.7 1.9 0.8 0.1 0.1 11.5 1.2 11.5 1.2
2016 CHN MLB 2 5 .099 .229 .300 .348 .244 .000 100 -0.8 0.1 0 0.0 0.0 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2016 MSS Wnt 2 8 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .167 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 129 486 .266 .258 .328 .433 .270 .244 99 3 14.2 -3.7 3.4 0.6 14.1 1.8 14.1 1.8
2017 IOW AAA 11 44 .385 .266 .351 .425 .277 .421 98 6.2 1.3 -0.4 -1.4 -0.1 6.9 0.5 6.9 0.5

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2014 BOI A- 24 7 12 1 1 4 10 2 2 0 1 .600 .625 1.350 .750 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 KNC A 96 17 30 8 0 4 15 11 17 1 1 .361 .448 .602 .241 .297 1.2 -0.1 0.1
2014 DAY A+ 191 31 48 9 1 10 28 26 38 4 0 .302 .393 .560 .258 .324 17.6 1.3 1.9
2015 TEN AA 243 39 63 10 1 13 39 42 49 1 0 .320 .438 .579 .259 .371 35.5 3.7 4.2
2015 IOW AAA 67 7 20 7 1 3 10 7 23 0 0 .333 .403 .633 .300 .385 11.5 0.1 1.2
2015 CHN MLB 273 52 57 6 1 16 43 36 77 3 3 .246 .355 .487 .241 .307 23.0 -4.9 1.9
2016 CHN MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 .099 -0.7 0.0 -0.1
2016 MSS Wnt 8 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .167 .375 .333 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 IOW AAA 44 9 12 1 0 4 9 8 12 0 0 .343 .477 .714 .371 .385 6.9 -1.4 0.5
2017 CHN MLB 486 67 89 16 1 30 59 59 150 1 1 .211 .315 .467 .256 .266 14.1 3.4 1.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2015 1153 0.4345 0.4441 0.6563 0.6188 0.3098 0.7258 0.5495 0.3438 535 0.000072
2016 28 0.4286 0.3929 0.5455 0.5833 0.2500 0.5714 0.5000 0.4545 0 0.000000
2017 2049 0.4807 0.4417 0.6994 0.6264 0.2707 0.7715 0.5451 0.3006 0 0.000000
Career32300.46380.44210.68270.62330.28450.75350.54630.3174190.97680

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $565,500
2016 CHN $522,000
2015 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
1 yrPrevious$522,000
2017Current$565,500
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,087,500
2 yrTotal$1,087,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 83 dCasey Close1 year/$0.5655M (2017)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5655M (2017). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/9/17.
  • 1 year/$0.522 (2016). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/4/16.
  • 1 year (2015). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 6/16/15.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2014 (1-4) (Indiana). $3.125M signing bonus ($4.6212M slot).

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201825466711001722572591283.249.351.486.3033.435.33.2-0.412.120.4-3.8
20192642264901512365531173.249.350.486.3023.131.72.9-0.410.918.3-3.4
20202744168941612469581193.251.357.491.3073.434.83.0-0.611.421.0-3.6
20212842664891512264561162.247.352.478.3013.031.22.9-0.711.017.9-3.5
20222942264881512265551151.247.351.483.3023.031.22.9-0.810.918.2-3.4
20233041062861412263531120.246.350.479.3012.929.62.8-0.910.617.1-3.3
20243139259821412059511070.246.350.477.3002.728.12.8-1.010.216.1-3.2
2025323645576121195547990.245.350.474.2992.525.62.6-1.09.414.6-3.0
2026333335069111175043910.244.348.469.2972.222.62.3-1.08.612.7-2.7

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 83 Joc Pederson 2016 .310
2 80 Brandon Belt 2012 .302
3 77 Pedro Alvarez 2011 .198
4 77 Oswaldo Arcia 2015 .245
5 76 Paul Goldschmidt 2012 .307
6 76 Kyle Blanks 2011 .274
7 75 Jerry Sands 2012 .160
8 74 Wil Myers 2015 .288
9 74 Chris Carter 2011 .117
10 74 Randal Grichuk 2016 .275
11 74 Travis Snider 2012 .261
12 73 Mark Reynolds 2008 .269
13 72 Mike Olt 2013 .000 DNP
14 72 Jorge Soler 2016 .293
15 72 Chris Davis 2010 .198
16 72 Evan Longoria 2010 .300
17 72 Jon Singleton 2016 .000 DNP
18 71 Ike Davis 2011 .329
19 70 George Springer 2014 .304
20 70 Ryan Klesko 1995 .328
21 70 Ryan Braun 2008 .295
22 70 Kris Bryant 2016 .350
23 70 Ryan Lavarnway 2012 .172
24 69 Kal Daniels 1988 .313
25 69 Anthony Rizzo 2014 .336
26 69 Jake Lamb 2015 .263
27 69 Justin Upton 2012 .279
28 69 Domonic Brown 2012 .251
29 68 Prince Fielder 2008 .297
30 68 Chris Young 2008 .257
31 68 Max Ramirez 2009 .000 DNP
32 68 Brett Jackson 2013 .000 DNP
33 68 Logan Morrison 2012 .253
34 68 Matt Joyce 2009 .280
35 68 Fernando Martinez 2013 .186
36 68 Manny Ramirez 1996 .319
37 67 Aaron Judge 2016 .222
38 67 Dayan Viciedo 2013 .264
39 67 Joe Benson 2012 .000 DNP
40 67 Daniel Dorn 2009 .000 DNP
41 67 Wladimir Balentien 2009 .249
42 67 Trayvon Robinson 2012 .259
43 67 Adam Dunn 2004 .319
44 67 Yasmani Grandal 2013 .260
45 67 Adam Lind 2008 .263
46 66 Matt Wieters 2010 .241
47 66 Miguel Cabrera 2007 .303
48 66 Giancarlo Stanton 2014 .342
49 66 Jabari Blash 2014 .000 DNP
50 66 Justin Huber 2007 .070
51 66 David Wright 2007 .324
52 66 Jay Bruce 2011 .281
53 66 Marcell Ozuna 2015 .255
54 66 Boog Powell 1966 .325
55 66 Stetson Allie 2015 .000 DNP
56 65 Derek Norris 2013 .289
57 65 Will Middlebrooks 2013 .240
58 65 Kennys Vargas 2015 .212
59 65 Elijah Dukes 2008 .310
60 65 Wilin Rosario 2013 .268
61 65 Darryl Strawberry 1986 .321
62 65 Jeff Burroughs 1975 .262
63 65 Kyle Parker 2014 .154
64 65 Freddie Freeman 2014 .315
65 65 Victor Diaz 2006 .152
66 65 Michael Choice 2014 .216
67 65 J.D. Martinez 2012 .238
68 65 Juan Gonzalez 1994 .265
69 65 Mike Zunino 2015 .196
70 65 Chase McDonald 2016 .000 DNP
71 65 Mike Napoli 2006 .280
72 65 Vince Belnome 2012 .000 DNP
73 65 Ian Stewart 2009 .266
74 65 Bobby Bonds 1970 .318
75 64 Michael Taylor 2010 .000 DNP
76 64 Willie Mays 1955 .348
77 64 Reggie Jackson 1970 .296
78 64 Barry Bonds 1989 .287
79 64 Eric Thames 2011 .263
80 64 Yazy Arbelo 2012 .000 DNP
81 64 Fred Lynn 1976 .303
82 64 Scott Moore 2008 .223
83 64 Willie McCovey 1962 .335
84 64 Wily Mo Pena 2006 .281
85 64 Jose Canseco 1989 .325
86 64 Eddie Mathews 1956 .310
87 64 Ryan Strieby 2010 .000 DNP
88 64 Jose Cruz Jr. 1998 .272
89 64 Tyler Flowers 2010 .192
90 64 Mickey Mantle 1956 .396
91 64 Koby Clemens 2011 .000 DNP
92 64 Ken Griffey 1994 .345
93 64 Xavier Scruggs 2012 .000 DNP
94 63 Grady Sizemore 2007 .296
95 63 Justin Smoak 2011 .273
96 63 Brandon Wood 2009 .191
97 63 Bob Robertson 1971 .320
98 63 Buster Posey 2011 .274
99 63 Zach Borenstein 2015 .000 DNP
100 63 Rocky Colavito 1958 .352

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .143 .213 .268 .182
11 vs R (Multi) .266 .387 .533 .333
18 Split (Multi) .123 .174 .265 .151
19 LgAvg (Multi) .020 .029 .071 .031
30 vs L (2016) .000 .000 .000 .000
31 vs R (2016) .000 .200 .000 .099
38 Split (2016) .000 .000 .000 .000
39 LgAvg (2016) .020 .028 .073 .031

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 When the Cubs needed a designated hitter for a stretch of games in the middle of June, the choice was both obvious and unusual. Unusual because the typical Double-A catcher cannot contribute immediately to an MLB lineup. Obvious because Schwarber was no typical Double-A catcher. In only 58 games in the Southern League, Schwarber clapped 13 homers. His first professional season, 2014, lasted only 72 games, but he still managed to knock 18 dongs and 18 doubles. Following his week as the Cubs' DH, he went to Triple-A, where he hit another three homers in just 17 games. Behind the plate, a Molina he is not, but Schwarber's bat should continue to force its way into Joe Maddon's lineup even with Miguel Montero as the team's no. 1 catcher. Lucky for Maddon, then, that the Cubs' front office has provided him with a roster chock full of positional flexibility.
2015 The Cubs picked Schwarber fourth overall in the 2014 draft, raising eyebrows. He was seen as a bat-only prospect without much projection on defense. Even if he can't catch, though, the Cubs think he'll stick in left; they note impressive athleticism despite his being a, uh, big-bodied young man. In his three months in the system, Schwarber exceeded all expectations: He crushed the ball at three levels and displayed the perfect combination of average, power and approach. He also has a dogged work ethic and desire to prove the naysayers wrong about his defense.

The conundrum for the Cubs: Do you move him up the chain as fast as his bat calls for (very fast) or do you slow him down, pair him with your best catching coach and let him try to learn that craft? Two years ago, this would have been no debate: The major-league team's daily goal was merely to not be too embarrassed, so there was no reason to rush anyone. As the Cubs transition into contention, though, the gap between Schwarber and a random left fielder could make enough difference to be worth giving up on dreams of the next Mike Piazza.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)If the cubs gave in and traded Kyle Schwarber up to an AL team, what would the return be?
(BC from Urbandale)
Surprisingly good, I think. You don't usually think of bat-only guys getting a lot of love, but I was looking at AL teams with a hole in the OF or DH slots who could be buyers: Toronto, Cleveland, maybe the Angels, maybe Baltimore? The Royals have gotten absolutely nothing from their corners or their DH but it's hard to see them as buyers. (No, Red Sox fans, HanRam is not going to sit so Schwarber can DH, forget about it.) So maybe a blue chip prospect, a major-league quality bullpen arm, and a lottery ticket? I question whether the Cubs will move him, though. (Rob Mains)
2017-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Schwarber struck out 3 times last night in Des Moines. looks absolutely lost at the plate. can you compare this to another guy in recent past who was hot, then struggled like this but bounced back?
(BC from Urbandale)
As with all Kyle Schwarber questions, the answer is always Michael Conforto, somehow. (Jarrett Seidler)
2017-06-13 12:00:00 (link to chat)Kyle Schwarber and Addison Russell aren't really this bad are they? I like when they play well more than when they don't play well
(Swagger Leslie from Hell )
No, they're not this bad, but Schwarber is a good reminder of the Aaron Judge hype train situation. As is Greg Bird a bit. Obviously injuries play a part in both situations, but these guys aren't concrete, finished products just because they're crushing for a while. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Vince and co. totally botch Shinsuke's run? Also, who baseball's king of strong style? Miguel Sano? Giancarlo Stanton? Aaron Judge? Kyle Schwarber?
(Punchoutpappy from First in Flight)
How Vince will handle Shinsuke's run is one of the great concerns of my life right now. His match against Dolph at Backlash didn't do anything to ease my concerns. Ultimately, I have to believe his star power will keep him from being completely wasted, but...I understand why you're worried.

Who's baseball's king of strong style? Sano. Why is that my answer to that question? Sometimes your heart just knows. (Eric Roseberry)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Danny Salazar for Kyle Schwarber? 10-tm h2h standard scoring with OPS and QS
(Ombudsman from NY)
Yea, I would. Schwarber is getting tagged as "overrated" or a "disappointment" at the moment, but he's the type of guy you don't want to write off. There is too much talent there for him to hit .220 for an entire season. The power will be there in the summer. (George Bissell)
2016-07-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)From your perspective, what's the absolute best return the Yankees can get in a trade for either Miller or Chapman? Obviously SP and OF depth are two of their bigger needs right now.
(Sean from NJ)
There's been talk recently of the Yankees telling the Cubs that they'd want Kyle Schwarber in exchange for Miller. That would certainly be nice. However, the Indians represent the most logical landing spot for me. They desperately need a lefty presence in their bullpen, and Chapman would sort of automatically be the closer and not have the flexibility that Miller offers them. Yanks have also been scouting their system of late, per reports. Regardless, they'd want top-flight young talent in a trade for either of those arms. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-07-13 15:00:00 (link to chat)More likely to be traded this year: Dan Vogelbach, Kyle Schwarber, none, or both?
(seddrah from Seattle)
Vogelbach; don't see the Cubs moving Schwarber while he's on the DL. (Brendan Gawlowski)
2016-06-15 20:00:00 (link to chat)If the Cubs get Aroldis Chapman, can you book the World Series? Also, what do you think it would take to aquire him?
(BC from Urbandale)
You can book the NLDS either way, but calling the World Series a shoe in is impossible for any team. The playoffs represent a different game than a 162 marathon. Do their odds improve? Yeah. But as for what it would take? The Yankees reportedly want Kyle Schwarber, which isn't happening. Jeimer Candelario seems like a nice fit with the Yankees, and would almost definitely be involved. The Cubs FO isn't going to trade someone they don't see as expendable, and I have my doubts the Cubs are interested in Chapman due to his past issues. Getting one of Chapman or Miller seems to be a priority of many NL clubs because of the dominant lefty hitters in the league. (Grant Jones)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Next BIG prospect nobody is talking about?
(Rob from Chicago)
Carson Fulmer, since his numbers this year stink? Ian Happ, since anything short of reaching the majors the year after being drafted is a disappointment for a college hitter drafted by the Cubs thanks to Kyle Schwarber? (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-12 18:00:00 (link to chat)Will Kyle Schwarber ever be the same? Will this injury ccause any loss of power in that swing?
(BC from Urbandale)
This is a good question, if an (obviously) unfortunate one. It's really too soon to say. I will say that there's a strong chance that he might not be able to stay in the outfield now. But, I hope I'm wrong. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you re-drafted the 2014 draft right now, regardless of team need, what would the first 5 picks be in order? Schwarbs #1? Turner, Rodon, Conforto, Newcomb? Maybe Nola in there?
(Q-Ball from Chicago)
So many good options. I do probably go Kyle Schwarber at No. 1, but I'd probably lean on Michael Conforto at No. 2 before even Turner or Rodon. That dude can *hit*. I'm big on Bradley Zimmer, so definitely some combo of him, Carlos Rodon, Trea Turner to round out my five. Poor Tyler Kolek. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, I need big time help here. I'm so lost on who to keep. I've made a couple bad moves that just seem to keep snowballing after drafting yoan last year and trying to send him down to my minor leagues (the guys with the top 2 waiver spots wouldn't budge and still won't). 12 team H2H points league... Which 8 do I keep??? Yoan, schwarber, Carlos Gomez, Franco, Carpenter, A Jones, Pujols, Quintana, Samardjzia, sonny Gray, Cueto, Shelby Miller, Teheran. Thank you sooo much!!!
(Clark from Corn Maze)
Yoan Moncada, Kyle Schwarber, Gomez, Maikel Franco, Matt Carpenter, Sonny Cray, Johnny Cueto, and Adam Jones. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Who'd you do: Vogelbach or Schwarber?
(Joey from Chicago )
Kyle Schwarber, though I'm not as enamored with Dan Vogelbach as some are. (Mike Gianella)
2016-02-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)My buddy made this trade in fantasy (with a couple draft picks as well): Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer for Chris Sale, Miguel Sano, Kyle Schwarber and Noah Syndergaard Is he crazy?
(Tommy from Chicago)
If he got the quartet, he won that trade in a friggin' runaway. Unless I don't understand fantasy baseball, which is totally possible. (Matthew Trueblood)
2016-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Two catcher dynasty points league: Chris Sale or Kyle Schwarber?
(doog7642 from Blaine, MN)
Schwarber, I always take the hitter over the pitcher. (Christopher Crawford)
2016-01-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any of the top 2nd yr guys you worried about having one of those sophomore slumps?
(WisBrave99 from WI)
Miguel Sano and Kyle Schwarber jump out at me, and generally speaking they fit the profile of the type of second year players I wprry about: hitters with a high whiff profile who I could see getting exposed/attacked differently their second year in the league. (Mike Gianella)
2015-10-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)What do the Cubs do with Kyle Schwarber if he can't catch? SSS obviously, but his play in the outfield hasn't been encouraging thus far.
(Dan from New York)
This is quickly becoming the big question of their offseason, eh? I'm on record with the belief that he'll be in left field to open the season, but I think they'll have him work some (less often than this year, probably) behind the plate before and between games, and he could catch one in every 10 games or so. Keeping Montero fresh is the most important thing the Cubs could do for their catching corps next year; the man is getting older and was absolutely abused in Arizona.
Maybe the most important thing to remember with Schwarber: he's NOT that butcher he appeared to be in the NLCS in left field. He can be a 45 defender out there, maybe better. Underrated athleticism. (Matthew Trueblood)
2015-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank the following by real life value: Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, the St. Louis Cardinals.
(Best Fans from Baseball)
Bryant, Cardinals, Russell, Schwarber.

Kris Bryant is still everything. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Cubs who would you target in free agency? Also at the end of the season --barring injury-- who do you see playing 2nd and SS for the Cubs? Thanks.
(Ryan Rust from Edmond, Oklahoma )
If Kyle Schwarber moves to left field as many expect, it doesn't seem like they have a lot of holes. Dexter Fowler is a free agent so they'll need a center fielder. My guess is that the Cubs bring in someone on a one or two-year deal to fill that as opposed to a big time acquisition like Jason Heyward and then bring in an arm to try to help on the back end of the rotation.

If I had to guess, it's going to be Javier Baez and Addison Russell up the middle. Starlin Castro gets traded this winter.

It's fun guessing when I have zero inside information as to what really will happen. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Kyle Schwarber as a catcher long-term?
(Enrique from Nashville)
Earlier this year I was asked that and was less than impressed, but everything I have heard indicates how hard Schwarber is working at this, and the fact that the Cubs would let him catch in the majors right now tells me he could survive at the position even if he isn't great behind the dish. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Rank the following players in terms of their 2018 fantasy value: C Kyle Schwarber 2B/SS Addison Russell OF Jorge Soler 2B/SS Javier Baez 3B/OF Kris Bryant
(Aaron from Waco, TX)
Bryant, Schwarber, Russell, Soler, Baez. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)What were/are your thoughts on Kyle Schwarber being a catcher long-term 1. Before his current stint as MLB catcher 2. Now that you've seen him behind the plate in the bigs. ?
(Mark from Columbia, MO)
My initial thought was he had a slim chance to stick but even beyond anything I've seen I don't think the Cubs would be rolling him out there if they didn't think he was at least passable. He is better than advertised behind the dish. Will he stick? I don't know, but I like his chances much better now than I did once upon a time. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Yoan Moncada is the number 1 prospect next season?
(Craig from NJ)
It's going to depend who debuts in September, but right now only prospects not in the Majors I have over Moncada would be Corey Seager, Kyle Schwarber, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara. If you want to make the case for Giolito or Urias, I can see that too...That entire Greenville Drive infield is just a plethora of awesomeness right now. (George Bissell)
2015-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)I've read a few scouting reports that place Kyle Schwarber's potential hit tool at a 70. How realistic is that number?
(Ron from Texarkana)
A while back Kiley McDaniel pulled MLB numbers to show what the scouting scale would equate to in terms of actual production. Don't have it in front of me, but want to say that a 70 hit tool was roughly a .300 average. If we use that benchmark then I think you could absolutely make the argument that Schwarber's ceiling is a 70 hit tool, right? I mean, it might not be the most realistic outcome, but it's easy to see that it's possible. (Jeff Long)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you see Javier Baez fitting in the Cubs infield, they seem to be set?
(joncarmela11 from Detroit )
Right now I don't see a good fit at all. It is possible that they bring him up as a utility guy, to do what they wanted Alcantara to do and play a lot of positions and not be a starter. They could also push Bryant to left field and put Baez at third, but if Kyle Schwarber is going to be up in mid-August that wouldn't really fly either. I think they could find a place for Baez (Jonathan Herrera isn't a fixture by any means) but there are no guarantees. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you imagine a world where this is a theoretical thought? "3 way trade, Cubs get Matz, Rockies get Addison Russell, Mets get Tulo and Kris Bryant and Starlin Castro and Jorge Soler and Kyle Schwarber"
(Brandon from Chicago)
I can imagine it, but that world would have to include a scenario where the Wilpons never got involved financially with Bernie Madoff. It would also require some kind of scenario where Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer don't exist and the Cubs are being run by a caller from a sports talk show because he won some kind of crazy contest. So, yes, I can imagine it, but I have a vivid imagination and am a silly human being. It probably won't happen. (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)what separates Kyle Schwarber from Chris Betts? The profiles sound at least a bit similar
(grizz from chi)
Schwarber more polished with a better track-record, and slightly more power. It's not a horrible comp, though. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are a few names that will be moving up into the top 50 prospects at midseason?
(noplexus from Missouri)
I think Nick Gordon, Kyle Schwarber and Nick Williams are going to make strong cases for jumping into the midseason top 50. Reynaldo Lopez should have a case as well, and I have a feeling Reese McGuire is going to make a big jump. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-03-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Did you get to see Kyle Schwarber, and how impressive is his bat in real life?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I did not. And it kills me. I've heard his bat is super impressive in real life. One scout remarked that Schawrber should be in the same conversation as Soler, Bryant, Russell, Baez, and not just an afterthought. (Ryan Parker)
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Where do you project Kyle Schwarber to bat, and how good can he really be, in terms of stat line?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I saw Schwarber a few times as an underclassman and then again as a rising junior and it was always clear the guy could really hit. Schwarber already does many things elite major hitters do with his stride, torque and hands. I think he's a middle of the order hitter all the way. If it was a different team I'd say he could hit in the 3rd spot, but that position has a few contenders on the future Cubs! Really, though, guys like Schwarber can hit in any spot in the order - and the farther down... more's the pity. I see him being capable of .280 with 25-30 home runs. Probably coming from a corner outfield spot. (Al Skorupa)
2015-02-04 19:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of numbers will Kyle Schwarber put up once he reaches the bigs? It seems like he has a plus hit and plus power tool but most prospect rankings have him surprisingly low.
(Brandon from Connecticut)
The issue is that he doesn't really have a defensive home yet. He's definitely working hard to become more reliable behind the plate, but it's pretty rough back there right now. It may be a struggle in the corner OF, and 1B is blocked in Chicago. So, it'll be a challenge, but the bat plays, and they'll eventually have to find a home for him. He can rip. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can Kyle Schwarber stick at C? How good is his bat?
(Sandy from Wisconsin)
If "sticking" is being a guy who can handle 125-ish games behind the plate, then I don't see that. Nick and I have talked a lot about it, and we both feel that's a big stretch for him. It's probably more of a defensive profile that's going to move off the position, but potentially have the versatility on his resume. As for the bat, the peak output can be pretty solid. I don't think we're talking about a potential middle-of-the-order threat, but as someone who can hit 5th or 6th in a deeper lineup sounds achievable. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)If your dynasty league was a 7x7 cat with BB and OPS, which prospects would you target who you think could provide high BB totals with lots of power?
(Greg from Minnesota)
Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler are obvious, which means I'm sure they're gone. Matt Olson is a fun name who doesn't get enough play. Kyle Schwarber is great and I haven't given up on Jon Singleton yet. (Mike Gianella)
2015-01-05 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Schwarber a first baseman in the majors, if he makes it?
(Mike from Nashville)
No, he's either a catcher or a left fielder, and the Cubs are going to give him a chance to stick behind the plate. I was more encouraged by his receiving skills than some, but I didn't think he was a butcher back there. Here's the report I wrote this summer?

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/prospects/eyewitness_bat.php?reportid=164

He's not great but there are probably worse defensive catchers in the majors right now. I think he'll be good enough to catch 2-3 days per week, which could be huge. Either way, he's not playing first base with the Cubs. Between Anthony Rizzo and Dan Vogelbach, they'll have to find a different spot for him if he can't catch. (Jeff Moore)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kyle Schwarber potentially the most complete hitter in the Cubs system?
(berkoffm from Chicago)
I think that's Addison Russell, but I do appreciate the balance to Schwarber's game and his professional approach. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think becomes the better MLB player? Kyle Schwarber or Alex Jackson?
(Allen from Ridgewood)
Two very different players with much different paths to the big leagues. I think it is pretty reasonable to assert that Jackson has the much higher overall ceiling, but is also at a far greater risk for flaming out. I like Schwarber as a solid everyday player, though I'm not sure at what position. I tend to prefer raw ceiling over proximity when I'm looking at prospects, and as a result, I'm inclined to give the edge to Jackson. (Mark Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Realistic projection for Kyle Schwarber at the big league level? .270-.290 AVG, .350-375 OBP, 25-30 homeruns?
(Max from MD)
I have a little reminder on my board in my office at work that asks me and my staff to be a "prudent risk taker." That hints at some of the conservatism present in both my full-time job and in what I do as a scout. Any time you're saying that type of production is a realistic projection for a player, that's a ballsy statement and one with a considerable amount of risk. That said, I have a hard time saying what you're suggesting doesn't have a reasonable chance of coming to fruition. Schwarber's bat is impressive and he might just reach those heights, though I think it will be more of a peak output than a typical output. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)If Kyle Schwarber is able to stick at catcher (seems like a big If), what's a reasonable timeline for him breaking into the majors? How much does Schwarber at catcher improve his value over say a LF? Love the chats, Wethy
(Wethy from Chicago)
In the spectrum of "will Schwarber catch or not," I'm further to the side of "yes he will" than most. He's not a butcher back there, and there are worse defensive catchers in the majors right now. That said, I wouldn't want him back there every day for the sake of my pitching staff. He's not going to earn them a ton of extra strikes. If he can/does catch, it greatly increases his value over LF. It's not even close. It would, however, slow down his development. He'll need at least another full year of catching reps and I don't think the Cubs want to make him wait that long. He's not the same kind of impact hitter as many of the Cubs other hitting prospects, but he's a high floor guy that should be a big league regular even in LF and should be ready soon.

If I had to wager, I'd bet he catches some in the majors, but never on a regular basis. He could be used the way the Indians used Carlos Santana the past few years where he caught once or twice a week and played the field the rest of the time. (Jeff Moore)
2014-09-10 12:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these bats for me, Kyle Schwarber, Michael Conforte, and Bradley Zimmer? Who has the most impact?
(mdotmorris22 from Minnesota)
Schwarber
Conforto
Zimmer

Speaking only bats, I think Schwarber is going to hit the most, but Conforto and Zimmer could still be solid 2nd division types. I'm not sold on Conforto/Zimmer quite yet, I want to see against better competition before jumping to conclusions. (Tucker Blair)
2014-09-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Jordan, talk around the scouting world seems pretty split about Kyle Schwarber sticking at catcher. Theo is insistent that they want to give him a chance. Where do you think his spot on the field will be, assuming he cracks the Majors?
(Dan from Bloomington)
Of course, the Cubs want to give him every shot to stick there. It's why they drafted him in the top 5. Yet, the absolute ceiling is a 45 defender, and I'm not sure he gets there. Not very fluid, and the throwing is average at best. The bat is so far ahead of the defense at this point, that I'm not sure he gets the developmental time to perfect catching. In fact, he may be ready to hit in the majors as early as July of next season. He should get some backup reps, but I think that ultimately, in order to save his knees and get the bat in the lineup, he plays a lot of LF. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-22 15:00:00 (link to chat)I know Kyle Schwarber was only in Kane County for a minute, but did you get a chance to see him live? If so, whatcha think?
(Scott from Lincolnshire)
Limited look, but I saw him in college a bit as well. Dude can hit. Not a catcher. They can try, but I don't think it works out. Can fake it in LF, I mean, Mark Trumbo is playing LF.

Cubs got an impact bat and quite a few million dollar arms. Impressive draft. (Jordan Gorosh)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2014 afa 0 .000 0.0 474 .001 -0.2 15 .030 .006 -0.3 -0.5 1.3
2014 afx 0 .000 0.0 51 .001 -0.0 3 -.015 .002 0.0 0.0 -0.1
2015 aax 2626 .013 5.5 1524 .002 -1.1 55 .035 .014 -1.2 3.2 3.7
2015 aaa 962 .005 0.7 587 .001 -0.1 10 .007 .001 -0.0 0.5 0.1
2015 mlb 988 -.006 -0.8 637 .001 -0.2 16 .029 .005 -0.2 -1.3 -4.9
2017 mlb 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.0 3.4

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