Chicago Cubs: Kyle Schwarber’s bat already making news


Spring Training hasn’t officially started yet, but the Chicago Cubs are already making news in camp. By the way, be wary of where you park if headed to Mesa–it’s dangerous.

The Chicago Cubs official reporting date for pitchers and catchers isn’t until Feb. 19, but many have shown up early to get a jump on what many hope to be an unforgettable season. Kyle Schwarber has already made headlines by smashing a windshield while taking batting practice in Mesa. It doesn’t necessarily take moon shots to find the parking lot, but with these Cubs hitters, I’d opt to park further away and make the extra hike.

Javier Baez did similar damage a few years ago when he was just a prospect, so fans can’t say they had no idea it could happen. With hitters like these two along with Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler, I’d consider public transit this spring.

The biggest take out of this is the potential that this lineup holds in 2016. From top to bottom, there’s potential for almost every hitter to do this type of damage. Jason Heyward isn’t known as a power hitter, but his frame is more than capable. Addison Russell can surprise, and even Miguel Montero can still sting a few. It’s going to be tough for opposing pitchers to find a batter to pitch around in the Cubs lineup.

For the first time in several years, the Cubs–for the most part–know who they’ll have as they start the season. I won’t say there can’t be a surprise invitee to make the club, but it will take a damn impressive spring to make that happen. I’m personally hoping for Matt Murton to be that guy–but that’s a pipe dream and I realize that. But I would love to see him find his way to Chicago for just a bit and make an impact, even if just for a few games.

Excitement is building and we haven’t even reached official reporting dates. what could top the impressive Cubs’ hitters smashing windshields? Easy. Jon Lester picking off runners in his first action. That, my friends, could be the indicator of something special is about to happen.