Kyle Schwarber

Kyle Schwarber

31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Philadelphia Phillies
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Schwarber continues his Adam Dunn impresssion with his three true outcome lines and poor batting averages on a near annual basis. The .266 average from 2021 is rather reminiscent of Dunn's batting average run in 2009-2010 before he became what Schwarber is doing here in recent seasons. Schwarber may be the most atypical leadoff hitter in baseball with his sub .200 batting average and body type, yet his OBP skills make him a solid fit for the job. Schwarber had amazing production in runs, RBIs, and homers, but complete lack of batting average and steals limits his ceiling as a fantasy producer. Thankfully, he retains his outfield eligibility on draft day since he was forced to play in the outfield while Harper monopolized the DH position most of the season. 2024 should be more of the same for Schwarber as the surrounding cast remains consistent and his three true outcome skills are unlikely to change anytime soon. Perhaps resuming full-time DH will refresh his legs for a few steals. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $79 million contract with the Phillies in March of 2022.
Officially activated
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
July 9, 2024
The Phillies reinstated Schwarber (groin) from the 10-day injured list Tuesday.
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Just as manager Rob Thomson suggested over the weekend would be the case, Schwarber will return to the 26-man active roster ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers. He'll likely slot back in atop the Philadelphia lineup as the team's designated hitter Tuesday against Dodgers right-hander Bobby Miller.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
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#9
50
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
34
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2022
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2024
 
 
+35%
OPS vs LHP
2023
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022vs Left .787 640 85 33 86 7 .226 .347 .440
Since 2022vs Right .845 1143 188 79 166 7 .211 .340 .505
2024vs Left .981 158 25 8 24 4 .333 .443 .538
2024vs Right .727 236 40 11 30 0 .190 .331 .397
2023vs Left .758 253 37 15 32 0 .188 .328 .430
2023vs Right .849 467 71 32 72 0 .201 .351 .497
2022vs Left .687 229 23 10 30 3 .193 .301 .386
2022vs Right .900 440 77 36 64 7 .232 .334 .566
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Home/Away Batting Splits
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Even Split
2024
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2023
 
 
+4%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+4%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2022Home .825 923 151 56 121 5 .220 .346 .479
Since 2022Away .823 860 122 56 131 9 .213 .340 .484
2024Home .835 229 40 12 29 1 .238 .376 .459
2024Away .824 165 25 7 25 3 .265 .376 .449
2023Home .832 351 58 23 51 0 .204 .348 .484
2023Away .802 369 50 24 53 0 .190 .339 .463
2022Home .810 343 53 21 41 4 .225 .324 .487
2022Away .845 326 47 25 53 6 .211 .322 .523
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Stat Review
How does Kyle Schwarber compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.61
 
BB Rate
16.5%
 
K Rate
27.2%
 
BABIP
.305
 
ISO
.206
 
AVG
.249
 
OBP
.376
 
SLG
.455
 
OPS
.830
 
wOBA
.365
 
Exit Velocity
93.6 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
43.4%
 
Barrels/PA
6.3%
 
Expected BA
.252
 
Expected SLG
.474
 
Sprint Speed
20.9 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
42.9%
 
Line Drive %
17.4%
 
Fly Ball %
39.7%
 
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Schwarber is sort of like the modern-day Adam Dunn in that he's a three-true-outcomes player who is perennially underrated because of his low batting average. He's also not a good defender. With 46 home runs last season, Schwarber led the National League, finishing second in baseball behind only Aaron Judge. Surprisingly, Schwarber added a new element to his game in his first season with the Phillies in the form of stolen bases. He was 10-for-11 on the basepaths after going 4-for-8 over the prior three seasons, so it would seem one of the Philadelphia coaches got through to him on how to read opposing pitchers. Now entering his age-30 season, Schwarber should be celebrated for what he is. His power contributions more than make up for the low average and the steals are just a cherry on top.
Schwarber is a power-only bat, and sometimes that's all a fantasy team needs. He consistently hits 30 or more home runs with a walk rate over 10%. Those skills are bankable. He provides no stolen bases (four total in his last three seasons) with a batting average that bounces around from a complete drag to somewhat OK (.211 to .238 to .250 to .188 to .266). The low batting average is from mainly hitting flyballs, being shifted as a pull hitter and having square wheels. He's also struggled with an extreme platoon split, with a career .880 OPS against righties and just .684 OPS against lefties. He just can't generate any power (.146 ISO) against lefties. Without knowing his exact role, he might end up in a platoon or could have over 600 plate appearances. In leagues that require 10 or fewer games to qualify at a position, he is qualified at first base.
Schwarber continued to hit the ball out of the park in 2020, but his overall numbers took a tumble. The slugger suffered from some bad luck during the condensed slate, as his .219 BABIP came in well below his career .267 mark. Schwarber's SLG fell from .531 in 2019 to .393 last year, with only six doubles in 59 games, despite 95th percentile exit velocity. The 27-year-old has always been a bit of a slow starter, with his career OPS lowest in April and May, and in 2020 he did not have time to heat up. The Cubs should have taken advantage of the DH more with Schwarber as his defense was so poor in 48 starts in left field that it washed away most of his offensive contributions. While Chicago did not bring him back, there should still be plenty of suitors for Schwarber's bat in 2021. He figures to get back near an .800 OPS and 30 home runs, with plenty of strikeouts and a sub-.250 batting average mixed in.
Players who saw their 2019 homer total built off opposite-field home runs will suffer if the ball is dejuiced this season. Schwarber led all players with 15 homers to the opposite field in 2019, so that is a concern for the big bat. Last season marked the second time in three years Schwarber hit 30 homers, but 2019 was the first time he was truly an everyday player and fulfilled the run production expectations that have followed him for the past few seasons. Schwarber's Statcast metrics are littered with spots in the 90th percentile or above, highlighted by an average exit velocity in the 97th percentile and a hard-hit rate in the 99th percentile. Those numbers should help you feel better about a drop in homers with a new baseball potentially in play. Strikeout rate improving, batting average improving...good signs entering his age-27 season.
Most major-league hitters would be thrilled to smack 72 homers before their 26th birthday, especially after missing an entire season due to injury. However, expectations for Schwarber are higher than most, so thus far, he's deemed a disappointment. Two hurdles remain before he loses the label. First, Schwarber needs to make more contact, even in this era of increasing strikeouts. More importantly, the slugger needs to figure out how to handle southpaws better or he'll be saddled with platoon playing time, aiding his average but limiting overall production. In his favor: he's still young and possesses a good eye, posting a career 14% walk rate. In addition, his outfield defense is improving, so the gains versus lefties don't need to be that major, just better than the 85 wRC+ posted in 2018. Even with his faults, Schwarber is a threat to hit 30 long balls with a solid OBP. In leagues using average, be sure to have a buffer.
While Schwarber hit 30 home runs last season, his campaign has to be categorized as a major disappointment. He was excellent in the 2016 World Series after missing almost the entire year with a torn ligament in his knee, but failed to build on that momentum, batting just .171 over the first two and a half months of the season. Those prolonged struggles earned Schwarber a trip to the minors, and though the reset seemed to be beneficial, the swing and miss was still a problem after his return, with Schwarber striking out in one-third of his plate appearances the rest of the way. His struggles against left-handed pitching continued -- Schwarber now has a .159/.270/.312 career line against southpaws -- but to his credit Schwarber's defense in left field was better than most expected. The soon-to-be 25-year-old will have some appeal at a reduced cost given his power, but he's a batting-average liability, and his confinement to a platoon role means his run and RBI totals will continue to lag behind his everyday counterparts.
An outfield collision with Dexter Fowler in his second game of the season resulted in a torn ACL and MCL for Schwarber. Much to everyone's surprise, Schwarber was cleared to DH in the World Series, and it was like he'd never been away. Schwarber went 7-for-17 in the Fall Classic with three walks to four strikeouts, even adding a stolen base for good measure in Game 7. The fact that he was able to jump right back in against high-level pitching after nearly seven months away (and only a couple games in the Arizona Fall League to shake the rust) speaks to Schwarber's immense talent at the plate. Unfortunately, he lost catcher eligibility and it's uncertain how often he'll man the backstop in 2017. Chances are, he will play primarily in the outfield coming off such a serious knee injury, and with the emergence of Willson Contreras. Regardless, Schwarber remains a highly appealing option as he's among the best young hitters in the game.
All Schwarber does is hit, and the Cubs had no choice but to promote him last year when it appeared that no minor league level could hold him. His .246 batting average was a bit disappointing, but he made up for it with 16 home runs and 36 walks in limited regular-season action and five more homers in the postseason. Even better, though he moved to the outfield he still managed to catch 21 games in the majors, earning him valuable multi-position eligibility. It's doubtful that he can be an everyday catcher, but it's possible he could play enough behind the plate to continue to stay eligible there in the coming years. How does a catcher-eligible player who hits 25 home runs and bats .290 sound?
The Cubs drafted Schwarber with the fourth pick in the 2014 draft and he made an immediate impression in his three-level stint, hitting a combined 18 home runs in 262 at-bats with an on-base percentage north of .400. Though he played a lot of outfield in his first year as a pro, he's expected to be a full-time catcher in 2015, either at High-A Myrtle Beach or Double-A Tennessee. If he can prove himself there, he'll be on the fast track to Chicago, where he won't have many catchers to beat out.
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On track for activation Tuesday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Groin
July 7, 2024
Phillies manager Rob Thomson confirmed Sunday that Schwarber (groin) will be activated from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's series opener versus the Dodgers, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Set to return Tuesday
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Groin
July 5, 2024
Schwarber (groin) is expected to be activated off the 10-day injured list ahead of Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
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Working out at 90 percent intensity
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Groin
July 4, 2024
Phillies manager Rob Thomson said Thursday that Schwarber (groin) is going through drills at 90 percent intensity, Corey Seidman of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
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Sent to IL
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Groin
June 28, 2024
Schwarber was placed on the 10-day injured list Friday with a mild left groin strain, Matt Gelb of The Athletic reports.
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Dealing with groin tightness
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
Groin
June 27, 2024
Schwarber was removed from Thursday's game against the Marlins due to left groin tightness, Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Taking more bases
OFPhiladelphia Phillies
May 10, 2024
According to Alex Coffey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Schwarber is advancing an extra base 53 percent of the time this season compared to 30 percent in 2023.
ANALYSIS
The 31-year-old has been more active on the basepaths early in 2024, as he also has two steals after not recording a theft on two attempts last season. Schwarber still isn't making consistent contact with a .211 batting average and 32.4 percent strikeout rate through 38 games, and he has just one extra-base hit other than his nine homers. The veteran slugger has more or less provided what fantasy managers have expected so far this season, but his 55.3 percent hard-hit rate would be a career high and suggests some better results could be on the horizon.
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