He may be just 25 years old, but should we stop expecting Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber to turn into an offensive juggernaut?
Let me preface this discussion by saying this. On Friday morning Fangraphs put out a really well-done piece that got the ole’ gears turning on this topic. Personally, their work is some of my favorite out there – so if you don’t already, check them out.
So let’s get right to it. Is Kyle Schwarber overrated by the Chicago Cubs’ uber-talented front office regime? He may be – but it depends how you value a 25-year-old outfielder with 30-homer potential and an above-average arm.
When Schwarber burst onto the scene, he looked like the next big thing, ready to join teammate Kris Bryant as one of the league’s premier talents. In just 69 games (well under half a season), he put up a 130 OPS+, smacking 16 home runs with an .842 OPS for a surprising Cubs team that made an unexpected run to the NLCS.