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School: Indiana; Class: Junior
Position: C/1B; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 240 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: Schwarber’s name peppered the national leaderboards after an incredible sophomore campaign with Indiana last season – third in homeruns (18), 13th in runs (65), 16th in total bases (152), and 19th in slugging (.647). Impressive work for a player who just two seasons prior garnered very little interest from professional clubs.
The lefty-swinging, stoutly-built catcher/first baseman carried that torrid pace into the summer as well, slugging .308/.396/.436 with a club leading seven doubles for the USA Collegiate National Team.
Through his first 41 games with the Hoosiers this season, Schwarber’s bat has cooled a bit – .327/.436/.568 – as his power output and BABIP have dropped.
Projection: Will he or won’t he stay behind the plate? It’s the single biggest factor that will influence Schwarber’s draft status. Defensively, he’s shown significant development between his sophomore and junior seasons, improving his caught-stealing percentage from 19% to 31%.
The bat, however, will play at either position (though, obviously, far better behind the plate).
Above-average power potential, something along the lines of 30-HR territory in a full season, strong plate discipline and solid contact skills. Schwarber’s peak should rest somewhere in the .265/.340/.520 range. His ceiling will be negatively impacted thanks to some defensive limitations at either position. A better version of Evan Gattis.
Ceiling: 3.5- to 4.0-win player
Floor: 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: First Round
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