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.
Sits against southpaw
OFChicago Cubs
April 21, 2019
Schwarber is on the bench Sunday against Arizona.
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Schwarber hasn't been completely protected against lefties, starting against two of the five the Cubs have faced this season, but he'll get the day off Sunday against southpaw Robbie Ray. Kris Bryant moves out to left field, with David Bote starting at third base.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
#4
#5
#6
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+87%
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 .675 204 17 5 17 1 .200 .333 .341
Since 2017vs Right .817 860 122 54 109 4 .228 .331 .487
2019vs Left .983 15 2 1 2 0 .250 .400 .583
2019vs Right .526 53 6 2 4 0 .180 .226 .300
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
 
 
+88%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+40%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .834 518 73 30 62 2 .239 .346 .488
Since 2017Away .750 546 66 29 64 3 .207 .317 .433
2019Home .409 28 2 1 2 0 .115 .179 .231
2019Away .769 40 6 2 4 0 .250 .325 .444
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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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
0.32
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
27.9%
 
BABIP
.225
 
ISO
.161
 
AVG
.194
 
OBP
.265
 
SLG
.355
 
OPS
.620
 
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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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Sitting again Tuesday
OFChicago Cubs
April 16, 2019
Schwarber isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Marlins.
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Not starting Monday
OFChicago Cubs
April 15, 2019
Schwarber is not in the lineup Monday against the Marlins.
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Goes deep in home opener
OFChicago Cubs
April 8, 2019
Schwarber went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a 10-0 victory against the Pirates on Monday.
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Could earn more playing time
OFChicago Cubs
April 1, 2019
Cubs manager Joe Maddon indicated that he could move away from a platoon in left field and play Schwarber there more regularly, Gordon Wittemyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Sitting versus lefty
OFChicago Cubs
April 1, 2019
Schwarber is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Braves.
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