Former Kane County Cougars catcher/leftfielder Kyle Schwarber was impressive in his six-game stint with the Cubs, leaving fans of Chicago’s National League team wanting more when he was sent down to Triple-A after Sunday’s game.
He batted .364 (8-for-22) with a triple, a home run, six RBI and a walk. He also struck out eight times and scored six runs. He collected four of his hits in his first major-league start Wednesday.
The Cubs had made it clear they wouldn’t keep Schwarber in the big leagues after he served as the team’s designated hitter for five games in American League ballparks. He batted .320 with 13 HR and 39 RBI in 58 Double-A games this year before making his MLB debut in the 9th inning of Tuesday’s Cubs game, so offense isn’t the problem — he was sent down to continue working on being a full-time catcher.
Last season he played 36 games in left field — including eight for Kane County — but this year the Cubs have kept Schwarber behind the plate when he isn’t serving as a designated hitter. He caught nine games when he was with the Cougars last year.
He batted .361 with 4 HR and 15 RBI in 23 games with Kane County.