Seemingly every time Kyle Schwarber steps on the field, he impresses.
Schwarber, the former Indiana catcher at now a member of the Chicago Cubs, was named MVP of the MLB Futures Game on Sunday after going 1-for-3 with 2 RBIs in the USA's 10-1 win over the World team at Cincinnati's Great American Ballpark.
Schwarber, batting third, hit a two-run triple in a three-run 3rd inning for the USA Futures team. The 43,661 fans in attendance roared for Schwarber, who hails from nearby Middletown, Ohio.
"It's awesome to be able to come back to the field that I grew up watching games," Schwarber told reporters before the Futures Game, noting that over 100 family members and friends were in attendance Sunday afternoon. "It's an unreal experience. I came here a lot. I sat down the first-base line when I was little and then once i got into high school I started to sit in the bleachers."
Schwarber appears to be on the fast track to MLB stardom. He was drafted 4th overall by the Cubs just last year, and he has already gotten a taste of the big leagues. He played in six games for the Cubs back in June, hitting .364 (8-for-22) with a triple, a home run and six RBIs. He's hitting .333 (20-for-60) with seven doubles, a triple, three home runs and 10 RBIs in 17 games for Triple-A Iowa.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon said Sunday that Schwarber could be an option if starting catcher Miguel Montero has to go on the disabled list after this week's All-Star break. Montero jammed his thumb on Saturday and had an MRI on Saturday night, but the Cubs aren't sure how long the injury will keep him out.
“Of course it could be,” Maddon said when asked if Schwarber could replace him. “Right now we have not gotten to that point. Schwarber is always a consideration for what we do in the future.”
Here's a fun fact about Schwarber: His first hit in Double-A, Triple-A, the MLB, and the Futures Game were all triples. That would be a remarkable feat for any player, but it's even more impressive considering Schwarber isn't exactly a speed demon. The 6-foot, 235-pound catcher had 12 total triples in three seasons (180 games) at IU.
"I have a knack for triples," Schwarber told reporters after Sunday's game.
You could say that again.
Haven't seen Schwarber's two-run triple? You can watch it in the embedded video player below.