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Saturday, March 26, 2016

FANTASY BASEBALL STOCK WATCH: KYLE SCHWARBER NOW STEALING BASES FOR HIS NEXT TRICK

After a minor knee scare at the start of spring training, Chicago Cubs outfielder/catcher Kyle Schwarber is back on track as quite possibly the most hyped and sought-after fantasy baseball sleeper for 2016.  The Paul Bunyon-esque slugger took the league by storm as a rookie in 2015 when Schwarber came up to crack 16 home runs and drive in 43 batters in just 232 at-bats.  The power was of the tape measure variety and it was easy to project Schwarber to the 30 home run mark for 2016 now that he would be starting the season with the Cubs from Opening Day.  While Schwarber would be moving almost exclusively to the outfield for 2016, he reportedly will remain the personal catcher for Jason Hammel.  While Schwarber still carried precious catcher eligibility for this season, working as Hammel's personal catcher would likely eligible for another year.  Now as far as this spring is concerned, the hype meter continues to churn as Schwarber picked up two more hits on Thursday along with his second stolen base of the spring.  That's right his second steal.  While not known for being fleet of foot, Schwarber does have enough speed to pick up some steals as we are seeing this spring.  That would add even more potential value for a guy whose stock has soared in drafts this spring as everyone and their mother wants him on their roster.  Now as far as the numbers this spring are concerned, Schwarber is hitting just .250 with zero home runs but we all know the small sample size is the key here and that the bombs will start soaring out of ballparks real soon.  While Schwarber will likely struggled to post a decent batting average due to a very high K rate, again 30 home runs and 80-plus RBI are very likely given the natural power.  While he will cost a bunch at the draft table, Schwarber looks like he will be worth whatever you need to pay to get him onto your roster. 

 

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