Kyle Schwarber Hit a Three-Run Homer on Opening Night in Boise

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.”

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  • Theboardrider

    Wow! This kid is gonna tear Boise a new one…

    I could see his upward mobility being very similar to that of Bryant. With him aigning earlier, who knows? They could arrive in Chicago together next year.

    I know some didn’t like the signing. But for people that want a better product in the field in Chicago. I believe we drafted the player that can have a bigger, quicker impact than anyone else in this draft. He’s the most MLb ready bat and I think that was the plan. Insert him into the lineup with Bryant and Baez and this rebuild schedule just got another piece.

    • John_CC

      I like him too. But don’t count on he and Bryant arriving at the same time. This would mean the new kid would somehow have to demolish Boise and Tennessee at a faster rate than Bryant. I don’t think any expects him to be even as good let alone better. As we know, no one is being rushed to chicagpo .

      • Theboardrider

        True. But he got a head start because he signed right away.

        And say next year Bryant and Baez start in Chicago. We’ve signed a free agent or two and are in the wild wild card hunt. If his bat could help the team maybe they do rush him a bit. I think tha is part of why they are being so patient with Bryant. If he were the missing piece that was the potential difference in a postseason birth maybe Bryant does skip Iowa? I think everyone knows he could come up and never go back down. But if it’s not to go to the postseason why not let him get a little more polish and come up a more finished product?

        I know the FO seems to not have a sense of urgency to many. But if a postseason were on the line that would be completely different. They are willing to be patient now because these guys have tasted championships and 10 more wins doesn’t get them up in the morning. But if a postseason chance exists, they will scrape and claw to get us there. We will see the approach change greatly as soon as we have a realistic chance of a postseason and not just a little bit better of a non postseason campaign.

    • Tony_H

      Next year, why not a September call up! Slow down a little bit, the earliest he should see Wrigley is 2016, if he moves fast and even that would be a June call up after Super 2 passes.

  • Zonk

    IIRC, Kris Bryant struck out 4 times in 4 ABs in his first game. So, based on my statistical comparison, we can expect Schwarber to be much better than Bryant….say, a 1.700 OPS at AA. Thoughts?

    • mutantbeast

      Lets not get ridicoulous. Schwarber is not Bryant, but he does look like he will be a quality hitter.

  • mutantbeast

    Had a better start in Boise than Kris Bryant did. Hope he takes AA like Bryant is, then on to the bigs.Id kind of put a John Kruk comp on Schwarber, maybe hes Kruk with better power.

    • John_CC

      I like the comp but am not holding my breath for him to be in Chicago till 2016.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    Bryant is ready now, the FO knows that, part of the problem is Scott Boras is his agent and he won’t have Bryant sign a team friendly extension like Castro and Rizzo. That’s the main reason Bryant isn’t here and the only reason they will wait until next year probably in June to bring him up which really sucks. If the Cubs were hovering around .500 Bryant would be here now.

    • Tony_H

      I agree with the end statement, but Boras has had players sign deals without going to FA and has had players sign team friendly deals early.

      But it is also Bryant’s defense and K’s that are keeping him in the minors. They are wanting to give him every chance to stick at 3B and his glove needs more time.

  • Rational Logic

    Alright, everyone…settle down. I don’t think anyone was thinking Bryant was a bust after 4Ks in his first 4ABs, so let’s not assume Schwarber is the next Pujols. Clearly the FO has shown restraint and discipline with moving prospects through the system, no reason to expect anything different here.

  • Patrick_Schaefer

    There is a big difference though once guys start getting called up and the Cubs are winning. If guys like Schwarber or whoever are crushing the ball in AA like Bryant they will be up. BUT it they aren’t tearing it up they won’t.