The Chicago Cubs selected former Indiana Hoosiers star catcher Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, and he has already been making his name known in their organization. Schwarber left the Hoosiers following his junior season, and it appears that he made the right decision. Chicago played Schwarber on the Boise Hawks to begin his professional career, and he lit it up, batting 12-20 and four home runs in only five games.
Following that strong performance to begin his career, the Cubs have decided to promote him to their Class-A team, the Daytona Cubs. This is an extremely encouraging sign for the Cubs, as they are already seeing him progress at a faster rate than was expected. He won’t make the major league roster any time soon, but he is in the fast lane at this point in time.
Schwarber was a key piece for the Hoosiers over the past couple of seasons, and he has all the potential in the world to become a special major league player. It is unknown exactly how the Cubs plan on using him in the future, but everything is pointing to him switching from catcher to outfield for good. He is just one of the exciting, young prospects that the Cubs have stockpiled in their organization.
All of that being said, it is nice to see former Hoosiers finding success at the next level. He is one of the best players that IU has seen come through their ranks in recent years, and success couldn’t be finding a better young man. If you haven’t been following Schwarber as he takes on the next stage of his career, it would be wise to jump on board now and watch a potential star begin to show his full potential.