When Kyle Schwarber was sent to AAA Iowa on June 21 for an undetermined length of time, he was hitting .171/.295/.378 with a 77 wRC+ and 12 home runs.
Kyle Schwarber is now hitting .211/.314/.469 with a 102 wRC+ after crushing his 30th homer of the year (CSN):
Kyle Schwarber getting the Cubs’ bullpen dancing early pic.twitter.com/5lmszUTZ30
— Cubs Talk (@CSNCubs) September 30, 2017
That is the first time I’ve seen a lefty put a ball there in a very long time. That was 111 mph off the bat and 437 feet. Absolutely crushed. (Of note: Statcast has it as a mere 98% hit probability … where is a guy hitting that ball that it isn’t a hit?)
It’s obviously been an up and down year for Schwarber, but as we’ve said, the guy has been all kinds of awesome since returning from Iowa, even with sporadic playing time. He’s striking the ball with tremendous authority, even as the strikeouts have lingered on the high end.
It’ll be really interesting to see how he adjust next year, which will be his second year back from the knee injury that cost him last season, and if this second half version of Schwarber is the real Schwarber, once he settled back into a rhythm.