Schwarber, Kyle

2014 Draft Profile: Kyle Schwarber

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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

 

Photo Courtesy of IU Athletics via IndiansPublicMedia.org.

 



About

After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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