The Chicago Cubs fourth overall selection of Indiana catcher Kyle Schwarber on Thursday night has been among the most debated selections in the 2014 draft.
Schwarber may not be the best catcher in the 2014 MLB Draft, and some feel that the Cubs’ 2014 first round selection was not even the best offensive option in the draft.
Cubs’ scouting director Jason McLeod, however, indicated that Schwarber’s offensive ability was simply too good to pass up.
“It lines up perfectly because he is hitting from the left side, and we don’t have many of those players,” McLeod said Thursday. “We feel this is an impact bat that can hit in the middle of the order.” -McLeod, ESPN Chicago
One of the reasons why Schwarber was so enticing for Cubs is because of the fact that he is a left-handed power hitter. The Cubs simply do not have that kind of hitter in their organization with the exception of Anthony Rizzo.
Like with Rizzo, another reason why the Cubs are attracted to Schwarber is because of his personality. The Cubs believe that Schwarber could become a leader for the Cubs once he reaches the Major League level.
Schwarber has drawn comparisons to Cubs’ 2013 first round selection Kris Bryant. Though, Schwarber likely will not ascend as rapidly as Bryant did.
With his offensive game not being a concern, the only question for Schwarber is what position will he play. The Cubs have yet to identify their goals for Schwarber but speculation has suggested the catcher could move to first base or even to the outfield.
But with his offensive prowess, Schwarber could turn the Cubs’ Core Four into the Fab Five.