#Cubs Schwarber: “It can only go up”
Kyle Schwarber figures it can only get better after his Major League debut.
The Cubs prospect needed to catch in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Indians, and then got his first ML at-bat leading off the Chicago ninth. Unfortunately, he had to face tough lefty Marc Rzepczynski, who struck out Schwarber on three pitches.
“My at-bat wasn’t the best at-bat at all but I got the first one out of the way,” Schwarber said. “It can only go up from there, I guess.”
Kris Bryant can empathize. He struck out three times in his ML debut on April 17.
Schwarber was promoted to be used as the designated hitter in the Cubs’ next five games in American League ballparks. He didn’t expect that his first action would be behind the plate but Montero was ejected after the eighth.
“It was unexpected,” Schwarber said. “I didn’t know it was going to happen. They said, ‘Schwarber, you’re up.’ … Then [David Ross] said, ‘You’re catching.’ It was fun and good experience to get that first inning behind the plate in.”
And no butterflies.
“I was surprised how calm I was going back there for the first time,” Schwarber said. “My first at-bat I didn’t seem rushed or anything. Just getting the first one out of the way, it can only go up.”
— Carrie Muskat