Cubs prospect Kyle Schwarber named FSL Player of the Week


Some fans questioned the Chicago Cubs’ selection of Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in this June’s draft. However, the former Indiana University standout has consistently proven his doubters wrong, perhaps making no larger statement than in the past week when he netted Florida State League Player of the Week honors.

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The week was capped with his two-home run, three-RBI effort on Sunday, giving him home runs in five straight contests and raising his average on the year with Class-A Advanced Daytona to .314. Daytona skipper Dave Keller sat down with and talked about the Cubs’ #7 overall prospect and his recent tear.

"“I know one of his best at-bats he’s had — over the last couple games, anyway — was a two-strike, two-out RBI he got last night,” Keller said. “He hit a line drive to left-center field. Anytime you have a guy that can use the whole field, you’re in a really good situation because that guy gives you a chance to drive in runs.”"

Since being drafted by Chicago this June, Schwarber has rarely missed a beat. Overall, he’s hitting .354 with 18 home runs in just 67 Minor League games – including 10 in just 39 games with Daytona.

Keller told MiLB that Schwarber’s recent hot streak hasn’t been so much the result of any mechanical adjustment, but an overall mental approach in each individual at-bat.

"“I think one of the biggest things with Kyle is he has a good plan when he goes to the plate,” Keller said. “He watches the game, watches who’s pitching, watches the way they go about their pitches and pitch sequences. He has a plan on what he wants to get done when he’s up there.”"

Schwarber, 21, has split time behind the plate and in the outfield this season in the Minors.