Kyle Schwarber, Cubs

Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber has best MLB debut of season


Kyle Schwarber makes a HUGE impression in big league debut

There have been some great debuts of new rookies in the league in recent weeks and there will be more to come soon. However the next top prospect called up will have a tough time beating the MLB debut of the Chicago Cubs’ latest call-up Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber will only be with the club this week, serving as the DH, as they make their way to American League parks for interleague play.

Normally a catcher by trade Schwarber, who was called up from Double-A only a year after being drafted fourth overall in 2014, will go back to the minors for a little while to develop his skills behind the plate.

 If Schwarber played a different position he’d likely be in the big leagues already. Catching is different from any other position in baseball and takes a bit more time for prospects to develop what it takes to basically be in control of a Major League Baseball game.

He likes his position though, 

“It’s something I want to do,” he said. “If it takes more time, it takes more time. I have a true passion for it.”

It’s a shame because I know I’d personally like to see more than a week-long glimpse of this kids bat. He may not be 100% ready behind the plate but at the plate he’s 110, no 120, percent ready to be in the big leagues.

Schwarber went 4-5 in his big league debut Wednesday in Cleveland as the Cubs left the Indians in a complete state of shock by scoring 17 runs while the Tribe couldn’t even come up with one. 

Cubs pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada was great through seven innings allowing just four hits and two walks while striking out six batters. Yoervis Medina closed out the game with two scoreless innings. 

The Indians had to use nine different pitchers including two position players in order to unsuccessfully attempt to subdue the young Cubs’ hitters. Contributions for the Cubs’ 18 hits came from all around Addison Russell hit a two run bomb, Kris Bryant hit a ninth inning grand slam and Anthony Rizzo, the oldest of the group mentioned at 26 years old, also hit a two-run shot.

This all came while the Cubs are not at 100%, young slugger Jorge Soler is out with an ankle injury but it’s likely he’d have add another homer to the list had he been in the lineup.

Schwarber was the star of the night though. His first big league hit was a triple off of Indians’ starter Shaun Marcum who lasted only two innings on Wednesday, allowing six runs on six hits and one walk. 

When asked to explain how he went 4-5 with a triple Schwarbar’s answer was simple yet mature for someone so young, he is just 22 years old.

“I don’t know how to explain that,” Schwarber said. “Just trying to get good pitches to hit. Today I got some good barrel on some pitches and it worked out.”

Hopefully we get to see more of this kid this season. He can hit.