Kyle Schwarber, former Wareham Gatemen, made his major league debut on Tuesday with the Chicago Cubs. Shwarber was drafted by the Cubs in the first round, fourth overall, in the MLB 2014 draft from the University of Indiana. In his debut as catcher, Kyle only had one plate appearance in which he struck out. But, yesterday was a different story. In five plate appearances as the designated hitter, he had four hits, including a triple, and two RBIs helping the Cubs win 17-0 against the Cleveland Indians.
While with the Gatemen in 2012, Kyle hit .333 with ten home runs, including two in the playoffs. In 2013 in Wareham, Kyle hit .432 in only nine games. It was evident that Kyle would someday become a Major League star by his performance on the Cape but no one realized how soon this would become a reality.
Kyle was playing with the Tennessee Smokies, the Cubs AA affiliate, when he got called up. He had only played two seasons in the minors before making his way to the show. I have no doubt that his quick rise in the baseball ranks can be attributed to his time spent playing in the Cape Cod Baseball League.
The Cape League is a place for young players, such as Kyle Schwarber, to hone their skills and showcase their talent in front of Major League scouts. Kyle’s time with the Wareham Gatemen was put to good use and now he is trying to help the Cubs win a deeply and long sought after championship.
-Sarah Steinberg, contributor