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Kyle Schwarber optioned to Triple A Iowa

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Kyle Schwarber optioned to Triple A Iowa

All of the best players go through slumps at some point in time in a season, and that is exactly what Kyle Schwarber is going through. Coming into his third year in the league, and Schwarber still hasn’t played a full season yet. So, it’s more difficult for us fans to figure out what’s wrong with him compared to the team’s coaches. Could it be that playing defense is draining his focus and energy? Or could it be the fact that he’s not as good as we think he is? Well, whatever it is let’s hope he figures it out and returns to what we have seen in the past.


Kyle Schwarber 

Making his debut in 2015, right off the bat (no pun intended) Schwarber made a name for himself. In only 69 games, Schwarber hit an impressive 16 home runs and 43 RBIs. So, it’s understandable why we took to him so fast, without seeing him in a large sample size. Now that we have seen him play more games, I think it’s safe to say we may have overestimated his abilities. In just 64 games Kyle Schwarber is batting a dismal .171/.295/.378 slash line. We saw somewhat of the same struggles in 2015. In 2015 Schwarber batted a disappointing .246 AVG, so to me that says he doesn’t have much base hit ability. Although he is a decent power hitter from what we have seen.

Solutions for Schwarber 

I can’t see Schwarber breaking out of his slump as long as he is playing defense. Just for the fact that he is a big guy, that probably doesn’t have a lot of stamina. I have been saying this all year, but I believe that Kyle should be traded to the A.L. after this season, in order to get a pitcher to replace Arrieta or Lackey. It would be the logical thing to do not only for Schwarber but for the Cubs as well. I say the thing that will determine if he stays or not will be how the Cubs perform while he is in Triple-A.

Wrap Up

While he may be a good guy and means well, he isn’t an N.L. player. Just for the fact that he can’t play effective defense. Trading him will also give the Cubs other prospects a chance to show what they have. For instance people like Eloy Jimenez, who is a much better fit for the Cubs than Kyle ever was. The novelty has worn off and we are seeing him for what he is and always has been, a slugger who should be a DH. Especially coming off an ACL/LCL tear it’s not the best idea to have him playing outfield. So, let’s hope for a positive outcome for both Kyle and the Cubs.