Kyle Schwarber, the Cubs first round pick in last weekend’s draft, made quite the impression in his professional debut Friday night. Schwarber hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh that ended up being the difference in the game. Boise beat Tri-City on Opening Night 4-2.
Kyle Schwarber hit third for Boise and finished the night 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Schwarber started behind the plate and was charged with a throwing error.
The Cubs announced the signing of Kyle Schwarber Wednesday after he spent the early part of the week in Chicago taking a physical and finalizing his contract. Schwarber reported to Boise Wednesday and was in the starting lineup Friday night.
Jason McLeod said last week the front office views Schwarber as more of an outfielder than a catcher. Schwarber will see time behind the plate as he gets his first taste of professional baseball.
“We are not ruling out the catching on Kyle just yet,” McLeod said. “I know Kyle really loves being back there. Speaking of his leadership skills, it fits in behind the plate. We took him because of his bat. He will go out and he will catch still this summer. You will probably see in the box score that he will move around and play some in the outfield as well.”