Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
While Schwarber hit 30 home runs last season, his campaign has to be categorized as a major disappointment. He was excellent in the 2016 World Series after missing almost the entire year with a torn ligament in his knee, but failed to build on that momentum, batting just .171 over the first two and a half months of the season. Those prolonged struggles earned Schwarber a trip to the minors, and though the reset seemed to be beneficial, the swing and miss was still a problem after his return, with Schwarber striking out in one-third of his plate appearances the rest of the way. His struggles against left-handed pitching continued -- Schwarber now has a .159/.270/.312 career line against southpaws -- but to his credit Schwarber's defense in left field was better than most expected. The soon-to-be 25-year-old will have some appeal at a reduced cost given his power, but he's a batting-average liability, and his confinement to a platoon role means his run and RBI totals will continue to lag behind his everyday counterparts. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $604,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Sits for NL Wild Card Game
OFChicago Cubs
October 2, 2018
Schwarber is not in the lineup for Tuesday's NL Wild Card Game against the Rockies.
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Schwarber will take a seat as manager Joe Maddon stacks right-handed hitters against southpaw Kyle Freeland. While the slugger isn't in the starting nine, there's a good chance he appears as a pinch hitter sometime during the latter stages of Tuesday's win-or-go-home contest. He hit .238/.356/.467 with 26 homers in 137 games during the regular season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .651 189 15 4 15 1 .196 .328 .323
Since 2016vs Right .834 812 116 52 105 4 .230 .337 .497
2018vs Left .654 91 6 1 7 1 .224 .352 .303
2018vs Right .859 419 58 25 54 3 .241 .356 .503
2017vs Left .648 98 9 3 8 0 .171 .306 .341
2017vs Right .814 388 58 27 51 1 .221 .317 .497
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right .200 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .859 490 71 29 60 2 .247 .356 .504
Since 2016Away .743 511 60 27 60 3 .201 .315 .428
2018Home .806 243 33 11 24 2 .240 .355 .451
2018Away .838 267 31 15 37 2 .237 .356 .482
2017Home .910 247 38 18 36 0 .254 .356 .554
2017Away .650 239 29 12 23 1 .167 .272 .378
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away .200 5 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000
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How does Kyle Schwarber compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.56
 
BB Rate
15.3%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.288
 
ISO
.229
 
AVG
.238
 
OBP
.356
 
SLG
.467
 
OPS
.823
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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An outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in his second game of the season resulted in a torn ACL and MCL for Schwarber. Much to everyone's surprise, Schwarber was cleared to DH in the World Series, and it was like he'd never been away. Schwarber went 7-for-17 in the Fall Classic with three walks to four strikeouts, even adding a stolen base for good measure in Game 7. The fact that he was able to jump right back in against high-level pitching after nearly seven months away (and only a couple games in the Arizona Fall League to shake the rust) speaks to Schwarber's immense talent at the plate. Unfortunately, he lost catcher eligibility and it's uncertain how often he'll man the backstop in 2017. Chances are, he will play primarily in the outfield coming off such a serious knee injury, and with the emergence of Willson Contreras. Regardless, Schwarber remains a highly appealing option as he's among the best young hitters in the game.
All Schwarber does is hit, and the Cubs had no choice but to promote him last year when it appeared that no minor league level could hold him. His .246 batting average was a bit disappointing, but he made up for it with 16 home runs and 36 walks in limited regular-season action and five more homers in the postseason. Even better, though he moved to the outfield he still managed to catch 21 games in the majors, earning him valuable multi-position eligibility. It's doubtful that he can be an everyday catcher, but it's possible he could play enough behind the plate to continue to stay eligible there in the coming years. How does a catcher-eligible player who hits 25 home runs and bats .290 sound?
The Cubs drafted Schwarber with the fourth pick in the 2014 draft and he made an immediate impression in his three-level stint, hitting a combined 18 home runs in 262 at-bats with an on-base percentage north of .400. Though he played a lot of outfield in his first year as a pro, he's expected to be a full-time catcher in 2015, either at High-A Myrtle Beach or Double-A Tennessee. If he can prove himself there, he'll be on the fast track to Chicago, where he won't have many catchers to beat out.
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On bench again Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
September 29, 2018
Schwarber is not in Saturday's lineup against St. Louis.
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Takes seat Friday
OFChicago Cubs
September 28, 2018
Schwarber is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Cardinals.
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Pops home run No. 26 in win
OFChicago Cubs
September 23, 2018
Schwarber went 2-for-2 with two walks, a solo home run and two RBI in Sunday's 6-1 win over the White Sox.
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Returns to lineup as DH
OFChicago Cubs
September 21, 2018
Schwarber (back) will serve as the Cubs' designated hitter against the White Sox on Friday.
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Won't travel to Arizona
OFChicago Cubs
Back
September 16, 2018
Schwarber (back) will be held out for Chicago's upcoming series against the Diamondbacks, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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