Report: Kyle Schwarber to be sent down to minors
|Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:49 AM- -|
Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber will be sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday according to reports and the move was confirmed by the team.
In 2017, he has batted .171 with 12 homers, 28 RBI, and .295 on-base percentage. He has struck out at an alarming rate -- 75 times in 222 at-bats this season and has the lowest batting average for any regular in the majors. Schwarber is also batting a terrible .143 against lefties this season.
Theo Epstein was on 'The Score' on Thursday afternoon and had the following positive outlook on Schwarber.
"Mike Trout had to go back to the minor leagues to get locked in ... before becoming the best player in our game," Epstein said.
Remember that Schwarber because of injury has still played less than one full season of major league baseball. Hopefully, he will retool his approach, relax, and be back better than ever.
Last season, he hit .412 with a .971 OPS in five games as a hero in the 2016 World Series.
Schwarber hit .246 with 16 home runs, 43 RBIs with an outstanding .842 OPS in only 69 games (273 at-bats) in his rookie season. For his career, he is batting .207 with 28 homers, 71 RBI, and a .325 on-base percentage.
He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (4th overall) in the 2014 MLB Draft.
**Breaking News** Cubs are sending Kyle Schwarber to Class AAA Iowa. Not expected to be gone long but it is an opportunity to clear his head— David Kaplan (@thekapman) June 22, 2017