Well, Kyle Schwarber certainly isn’t lacking for power in his trip to AAA Iowa.
For the second day in a row, Schwarber showed off that power with two mighty blasts, having done the trick on Friday, and now again on Saturday.
Early in last night’s game, Schwarber went oppo for a homer to left field (no video yet), and then later, he did this:
Kyle Schwarber hit his second homer of the game in the 5th. It cleared the right field scoreboard 😳 pic.twitter.com/P5aAus7Hm0
— Iowa Cubs (@IowaCubs) July 2, 2017
Through seven games, Schwarber is now hitting a silly .391/.500/.913 with four homers. The early strikeout spike has faded, and the power is there. So far, these are all things you’d expect with Schwarber facing minor league pitching. And him dominating them was precisely the point of this demotion.
Meanwhile, there are two great pieces about Schwarber’s time in Iowa, his attitude, and what he’s working on:
Kyle Schwarber is rediscovering his form in Iowa:
— ChicagoSports (@ChicagoSports) July 2, 2017
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) July 2, 2017
Cubs minor league hitting coordinator Andy Haines is with Schwarber in Iowa, working on his swing, and there’s not a whole lot the Cubs are seeking to change. They simply want him to tighten up the swing a bit, and work to use the whole field. Obviously we saw how punishing the shift was for Schwarber, who not only became especially pull-happy, but also put the ball on the ground far too often. With as much natural power as he has, Schwarber can afford a more compact swing, which could help improve not only the volume of his contact, but the overall quality.
He’s certainly putting in the work:
— Tommy Birch (@TommyBirch) July 1, 2017