Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Most major-league hitters would be thrilled to smack 72 homers before their 26th birthday, especially after missing an entire season due to injury. However, expectations for Schwarber are higher than most, so thus far, he's deemed a disappointment. Two hurdles remain before he loses the label. First, Schwarber needs to make more contact, even in this era of increasing strikeouts. More importantly, the slugger needs to figure out how to handle southpaws better or he'll be saddled with platoon playing time, aiding his average but limiting overall production. In his favor: he's still young and possesses a good eye, posting a career 14% walk rate. In addition, his outfield defense is improving, so the gains versus lefties don't need to be that major, just better than the 85 wRC+ posted in 2018. Even with his faults, Schwarber is a threat to hit 30 long balls with a solid OBP. In leagues using average, be sure to have a buffer. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $3.39 million contract with the Cubs in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Provides lone run with blast
OFChicago Cubs
June 18, 2019
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the White Sox.
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Schwarber actually led off the bottom of the first inning with the blast, his 16th of the season, but he and the rest of the Cubs sputtered from there. The slugging outfielder continues to post good power numbers as the team's primary leadoff hitter against right-handed starters.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
26
1
14
1
4
8
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
4
1
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+26%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .692 243 23 7 21 1 .211 .329 .363
Since 2017vs Right .829 1029 145 65 133 5 .230 .335 .494
2019vs Left .833 54 8 3 6 0 .261 .333 .500
2019vs Right .798 222 29 13 28 1 .226 .324 .474
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
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+11%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .847 624 89 35 74 3 .245 .353 .493
Since 2017Away .762 648 79 37 80 3 .209 .315 .447
2019Home .799 134 18 6 14 1 .237 .343 .456
2019Away .810 142 19 10 20 0 .230 .310 .500
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
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Stat Review
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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.45
 
BB Rate
12.3%
 
K Rate
27.5%
 
BABIP
.262
 
ISO
.246
 
AVG
.233
 
OBP
.326
 
SLG
.479
 
OPS
.805
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
93.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
41.2%
 
Barrels/PA
8.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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.
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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Not starting Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
June 16, 2019
Schwarber is out of the lineup for Sunday night's game against the Dodgers.
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Belts leadoff home run
OFChicago Cubs
June 14, 2019
Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Dodgers.
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Homers, drives in four
OFChicago Cubs
June 12, 2019
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI overall in Wednesday's 10-1 win over the Rockies.
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Doubles, drives in two
OFChicago Cubs
June 9, 2019
Schwarber went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and two RBI in a victory over the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Homers again
OFChicago Cubs
June 8, 2019
Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a walk, a double, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Saturday's 9-4 win over the Cardinals.
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