While Chris Coghlan, Mike Olt, and Starlin Castro were hitting balls out of Coors Field and Kris Bryant was going deep for his first longball of the season, Kyle Schwarber launched his first Double-A homer on Saturday night.
Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a home run in the Smokies 6-2 loss to the Mississippi Braves. Felix Pena tossed six innings of shutout ball, but Zach Cates was charged five runs, two earned, on one hit with three walks.
Defensively, Schwarber threw out a runner and completed the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play to end the fourth inning. Schwarber also committed a throwing error on Saturday night.
In three games, Schwarber is 3-for-8 with a triple, a home run, two walks and three strikeouts (.375/.500/1.000) with two RBI for a 1.500 OPS.
The Cubs were happy with the progress Kyle Schwarber made behind the plate during Spring Training. But the questions remain if he will be able to be a big league catcher. Schwarber has a lot to prove this year as a catcher and receiver.
Kyle Schwarber has worked hard on his defense. Schwarber is focused on staying behind the plate while the Cubs are committed to give him an opportunity to prove he can handle the position.
This important season for Schwarber in his first full year of pro ball. The Cubs have said he made huge strides defensively and reports have suggested scouts that saw Schwarber catch before he was drafted cannot believe the improvement he’s made in a short amount of time.
If Kyle Schwarber is able to prove many of the evaluators outside of the Cubs organization wrong, the Cubs will have a huge asset at a premium position.