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.
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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With the club playing in an American League park, Schwarber will benefit from having the DH spot available after missing the past 11 games with a back injury. It doesn't appear as though he's ready to return to the field just yet, but this is clearly a step in the right direction. He will bat eighth in the order during Friday's series opener.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+49%
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 .620 184 14 3 13 1 .190 .326 .294
Since 2016vs Right .843 785 114 52 104 4 .231 .337 .506
2018vs Left .588 86 5 0 5 1 .211 .349 .239
2018vs Right .879 392 56 25 53 3 .245 .358 .521
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
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .884 470 70 29 59 2 .253 .362 .521
Since 2016Away .725 499 58 26 58 3 .196 .309 .416
2018Home .853 223 32 11 23 2 .253 .369 .484
2018Away .806 255 29 14 35 2 .228 .345 .460
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
0.55
 
BB Rate
15.1%
 
K Rate
27.4%
 
BABIP
.284
 
ISO
.230
 
AVG
.237
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.467
 
OPS
.820
 
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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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Won't travel to Arizona
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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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Still out Sunday
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September 16, 2018
Schwarber is not in the lineup Sunday against the Reds.
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Could be available off bench
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September 15, 2018
Schwarber (back) may be available off the bench Saturday against the Reds and could return to the starting lineup as soon as Monday against the Diamondbacks, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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Out again Saturday
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September 15, 2018
Schwarber (back) is not in the lineup against Cincinnati on Saturday.
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Remains sidelined Friday
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September 14, 2018
Schwarber (back) is not in the lineup against Cincinnati on Friday, though he was able go through some outfield drills and sprint in the outfield prior to the series opener, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.
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