Are we over-hyping Kyle Schwarber?

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Chicago Cubs left fielder Kyle Schwarber is off to a slow start in 2019 and is striking out in nearly 30 percent of his plate appearances. Is it time to stop over-hyping him?

Chicago Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber was taken fourth overall in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. He was a catcher at Indiana University, but the Cubs were already set at the position with Willson Contreras, David Ross, and Miguel Montero at the time. When he was called up in 2015, the team asked that he play the outfield as his bat was too valuable to not have in the lineup.

There was definitely a learning curve for Schwarber, but he was more than adequate out there in left field. However, things came to a crashing hault at the start of the 2016 season when he collided with center fielder Dexter Fowler in Arizona. Schwarber would miss the remainder of the regular season with a torn ACL and LCL. Little did anyone know, he was…

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