Chicago Cubs 2016 NL Central Championship Gear

major award leg lamp trophyIt’s amazing to consider how we thought about Kyle Schwarber coming into the 2015 season. The bat, we knew, was special. But we didn’t know how special. The plan, we knew, was to get him some time behind the plate. But we didn’t know how much time. The future, we knew, would have him contributing in the big leagues eventually. But we didn’t know how soon.

If you’d told me in March that Schwarber would be up and contributing with the Cubs in August and September, I would have been rather surprised – but I also would have been very happy, because I would have known that meant two things happened: (1) the Cubs were competing for a playoff spot and wanted as much available talent on deck as possible, and (2) Schwarber was having a freaking awesome year.

Sure enough, both things are true, and that’s why Schwarber came up and stayed up, even after Miguel Montero recovered from his thumb injury, and even after the outfield became a little crowded.

As to that second thing there, MLB Pipeline just recognized the freaking awesome year Schwarber has had and is having, naming him their positional prospect of the year. Schwarber, who was unanimously selected, gets the honor one year after Kris Bryant took home the same thing. That’s very cool, and it’s a reminder of just how big-time these guys are.

From Tennessee to Chicago to Iowa to the Futures Game to Iowa and back to Chicago, Schwarber’s been all over this year, and the 22-year-old has had success at every stop.

Having just recovered from a rib cage strain, hopefully Schwarber can finish strong, and we can all start looking forward to the impact he could have with the Cubs in 2016 and beyond.

And, because now’s as good a time as any for a smile: remember when he did this?

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