Kyle Schwarber, Catcher, Chicago Cubs, #12
Date of Birth: 3/5/1993
Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio
College: Indiana University - Bloomington
Nickname: Hulk, Schwarbs
Kyle Schwarber, catcher for the Chicago Cubs, was a top player at Indiana University when the Cubs drafted him in 2014. He played in the Cubs' minor league system in 2014 and half of 2015. In 147 games, he batted .333 with 173 hits, 102 RBIs, and 129 strikeouts to 88 walks. Defensively, he played 72 games as a catcher and 36 games in left field. He was the DH in 19 games.
Schwarber, with just a year and a half in the minors, was called up to the Cubs in 2015. In 69 games, he batted .246 with 57 hits, 6 doubles, 1 triple, 16 home runs, and 43 RBIs. Defensively, he played 21 games as a catcher, 41 games in left field, and 4 games in right field. In postseason play, he batted .333 with 9 hits, including 5 home runs, and 8 RBIs in 27 at-bats in 9 games.
Schwarber spent most of the 2016 season on the DL after suffering a leg injury in a collision with fellow Cubs player Dexter Fowler. He played in just two games with the Cubs prior to his injury. He recovered in time to play in 5 games in the postseason. In 17 at-bats, he had 7 hits and 2 RBIs.