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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 25)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
203 .249 12 30 34 1 .283 0.8
Birth Date3-5-1993
Height6' 0"
Weight235 lbs
Age25 years, 4 months, 17 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
2014
2.02015
-0.12016
1.72017
2.72018
+proj
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 -4.4 2.0
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 14.2 2.7 1.7
2018 CHN 25 87 338 277 47 68 10 1 18 134 57 90 1 2 1 44 3 3 .245 .374 .484 .295 15.4 2.8 1.9
Career287110293516621432364444153319103114677.229.342.475.28451.91.15.5

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 -4.4 3.4 23.0 2.0 23.0 2.0
2015 TEN AA 58 243 .371 .257 .330 .378 .269 .365 96 27.4 6.5 1.3 -1.8 0.3 35.5 3.7 35.5 3.7
2015 IOW AAA 17 67 .385 .258 .316 .384 .259 .500 87 8.7 1.9 0.8 -0.6 0.1 11.5 1.1 11.5 1.1
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 3.1 14.2 -3.7 2.7 0.6 14.2 1.7 14.2 1.7
2017 IOW AAA 11 44 .388 .266 .351 .425 .277 .421 98 6.2 1.3 -0.4 -1.5 -0.1 7.0 0.5 7.0 0.5
2018 CHN MLB 87 338 .295 .250 .320 .412 .266 .292 103 11.9 9.4 -2.3 2.8 -3.6 15.4 1.9 15.4 1.9

Statistics For All Levels

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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 -1.8 3.7
2015 IOW AAA 67 7 20 7 1 3 10 7 23 0 0 .333 .403 .633 .300 .385 11.5 -0.6 1.1
2015 CHN MLB 273 52 57 6 1 16 43 36 77 3 3 .246 .355 .487 .241 .307 23.0 -4.4 2.0
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 CHN MLB 486 67 89 16 1 30 59 59 150 1 1 .211 .315 .467 .256 .266 14.2 2.7 1.7
2017 IOW AAA 44 9 12 1 0 4 9 8 12 0 0 .343 .477 .714 .371 .388 7.0 -1.5 0.5
2018 CHN MLB 338 47 68 10 1 18 44 57 90 3 3 .245 .374 .484 .238 .295 15.4 2.8 1.9

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 2089 0.4797 0.4418 0.6999 0.6267 0.2714 0.7755 0.5390 0.3001 0 0.000000
2018 1353 0.4479 0.4043 0.6984 0.5825 0.2597 0.7932 0.5258 0.3016 0 0.000000
Career46230.45880.43110.68770.61150.27740.7670.53750.3124133.43180

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
2018 CHN $604,500
2017 CHN $565,500
2016 CHN $522,000
2015 CHN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2 yrPrevious$1,087,500
2018Current$604,500
3 yrPvs + Cur$1,692,000
3 yrTotal$1,692,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 83 dCasey Close1 year/$0.6045M (2018)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.6045M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/18.
  • 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).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 619 110 144 24 2 40 103 87 167 3 2 .276 .386 .559 .315 47.9 LF -10 3.5
80o 601 103 135 22 2 38 97 81 165 3 2 .264 .371 .538 .304 40.2 LF -10 2.9
70o 589 99 129 21 2 36 92 77 165 3 2 .257 .362 .522 .296 34.9 LF -9 2.4
60o 578 95 123 20 2 34 88 74 164 3 2 .248 .352 .503 .289 30.5 LF -9 2.0
50o 568 91 119 20 2 33 85 71 163 3 2 .244 .346 .496 .282 26.6 LF -9 1.7
40o 558 88 115 19 2 32 82 68 162 3 1 .239 .339 .486 .276 22.8 LF -9 1.3
30o 547 85 109 18 2 30 78 65 161 2 1 .230 .329 .466 .269 18.8 LF -9 1.0
20o 535 81 104 17 2 29 74 62 160 2 1 .224 .320 .456 .261 14.3 LF -9 0.6
10o 517 74 97 16 2 27 69 57 157 2 1 .215 .308 .438 .250 8.5 LF -8 0.1
Weighted Mean5709212020233867216332.245.348.497.28327.2LF -91.7

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 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
201926501791041813082671432.245.353.505.2952.932.92.1-1.313.418.7-6.5
202027497791041813083671422.247.356.511.2982.933.62.1-1.513.319.6-6.5
202128482771011812980651361.247.356.511.2982.932.52.0-1.612.919.1-6.3
202229488781011813081671380.244.355.507.2962.832.22.1-1.713.118.7-6.4
20233045571941712774611280.242.351.502.2942.528.72.0-1.712.216.2-5.9
20243144169891612570611260.239.352.491.2912.226.41.9-1.811.814.5-5.7
20253242567871512569591210.240.353.497.2932.226.21.8-1.811.414.8-5.5
20263340162821412364531140.243.350.494.2912.023.81.7-1.910.813.2-5.2
20273437959771312261511080.239.349.490.2901.821.71.6-1.910.211.8-4.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 71)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 83 Joc Pederson 2017 .266
2 81 Jorge Soler 2017 .172
3 78 Ryan Klesko 1996 .300
4 76 Oswaldo Arcia 2016 .228
5 76 Mark Reynolds 2009 .302
6 76 Adam Dunn 2005 .304
7 75 Dan Pasqua 1987 .256
8 75 Willie McCovey 1963 .336
9 75 Randal Grichuk 2017 .260
10 75 Carlos Gonzalez 2011 .296
11 74 Gary Roenicke 1980 .273
12 74 Phil Plantier 1994 .251
13 74 Tim Salmon 1994 .314
14 74 Paul Goldschmidt 2013 .325
15 74 Kris Bryant 2017 .326
16 74 Ryan Braun 2009 .324
17 74 Ike Davis 2012 .272
18 73 Reggie Jackson 1971 .332
19 73 Darryl Strawberry 1987 .342
20 73 Manny Ramirez 1997 .324
21 72 Jay Bruce 2012 .294
22 72 Anthony Rizzo 2015 .328
23 72 Chase Headley 2009 .270
24 72 Prince Fielder 2009 .342
25 71 Danny Tartabull 1988 .322
26 71 Art Shamsky 1967 .217
27 71 Greg Luzinski 1976 .318
28 71 Rocky Colavito 1959 .301
29 71 Travis Snider 2013 .230
30 71 Eddie Mathews 1957 .336
31 71 Miguel Cabrera 2008 .295
32 71 Chris Davis 2011 .257
33 71 Jose Canseco 1990 .336
34 71 Juan Gonzalez 1995 .297
35 70 Justin Upton 2013 .293
36 70 Jonny Gomes 2006 .255
37 70 Harmon Killebrew 1961 .339
38 70 Wily Mo Pena 2007 .256
39 70 Evan Longoria 2011 .311
40 70 Jeff Burroughs 1976 .259
41 70 Kyle Blanks 2012 .230
42 70 Bobby Bonds 1971 .321
43 70 Willie Mays 1956 .319
44 70 Troy Glaus 2002 .283
45 70 Steve Henderson 1978 .272
46 70 Ian Stewart 2010 .279
47 70 Brandon Belt 2013 .310
48 70 Eric Davis 1987 .331
49 69 Pedro Alvarez 2012 .283
50 69 Jim Thome 1996 .346
51 69 Fred McGriff 1989 .333
52 69 Mark McGwire 1989 .300
53 69 Giancarlo Stanton 2015 .353
54 69 Ken Griffey 1995 .287
55 69 Jeromy Burnitz 1994 .254
56 69 Justin Morneau 2006 .306
57 69 Grady Sizemore 2008 .295
58 69 Mike Marshall 1985 .325
59 69 Bob Robertson 1972 .257
60 69 David Wright 2008 .330
61 69 Pete Incaviglia 1989 .268
62 69 Mike Schmidt 1975 .303
63 69 Elijah Dukes 2009 .263
64 69 George Springer 2015 .299
65 68 Rico Carty 1965 .303
66 68 Boog Powell 1967 .266
67 68 Chris Carter 2012 .315
68 68 Alex Avila 2012 .257
69 68 David Justice 1991 .311
70 68 Will Clark 1989 .351
71 68 Kal Daniels 1989 .300
72 68 Jerry Sands 2013 .000 DNP
73 68 Del Ennis 1950 .308
74 68 Frank Robinson 1961 .342
75 68 Willie Horton 1968 .348
76 68 Peter O'Brien 2016 .188
77 67 Barry Bonds 1990 .343
78 67 Leon Wagner 1959 .289
79 67 Matt Adams 2014 .282
80 67 Matt LaPorta 2010 .232
81 67 Jack Clark 1981 .303
82 67 Aaron Judge 2017 .339
83 67 Freddie Freeman 2015 .316
84 67 Craig Wilson 2002 .273
85 67 Logan Morrison 2013 .262
86 67 Mike Piazza 1994 .304
87 67 Dean Palmer 1994 .258
88 67 Pat Burrell 2002 .313
89 67 Nate Colbert 1971 .312
90 66 Bob Horner 1983 .316
91 66 Yasiel Puig 2016 .274
92 66 Albert Belle 1992 .279
93 66 Nick Swisher 2006 .293
94 66 Christian Yelich 2017 .292
95 66 Matt Kemp 2010 .288
96 66 Mickey Mantle 1957 .414
97 66 Mike Napoli 2007 .275
98 66 Wil Myers 2016 .290
99 66 Willie Aikens 1980 .281
100 66 Cecil Fielder 1989 .000 DNP

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
2018 Due to publishing agreements, the 2018 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2018 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2017 The thing about Schwarber is that it matters whether he can catch. The other thing about Schwarber is that we’re really not sure whether he can catch. A horrific knee injury sustained in his second game of the 2016 campaign kept the young slugger out for the remainder of the regular season, and cast increasingly deep shadows over what was already a fairly murky exercise for Schwarber. He’s got the work ethic to be a first-tier backstop and the Cubs’ catching infrastructure—led by Mike Borzello and the coaching staff—shouldn’t be second-guessed, but with knees being the way they are and his bat being as valuable as it is, it might not be worth it to force the issue. If they do and it works, he’ll be an MVP candidate. If they don’t, he’ll still be a very good big-league hitter.
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 A 0 .000 0.0 51 .001 -0.0 3 -.015 .002 0.0 0.0 -0.1
2014 A+ 0 .000 0.0 474 .001 -0.2 15 .030 .006 -0.3 -0.5 1.3
2015 AA 0 .000 0.0 1524 .002 -1.1 55 .035 .014 -1.2 -3.0 -1.8
2015 MLB 988 -.002 -0.2 680 .002 -0.3 16 .029 .005 -0.2 -1.2 -4.4
2015 AAA 0 .000 0.0 587 .001 -0.1 10 .007 .001 -0.0 -0.5 -0.6
2017 MLB 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.001 -0.0 -0.0 2.7

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