A former Indiana Hoosiers slugger is one of the biggest stories in baseball on the morning of Game 1 of the World Series.
Kyle Schwarber, who played with Indiana from 2012-2014, was placed on the Cubs World Series roster Tuesday morning. Schwarber tore his ACL and LCL during the first week of the season on April 7 and has not appeared in a Major League game in nearly 29 weeks. He’s now doing so on one of the biggest stages in sports.
#Cubs officially add Kyle Schwarber to World Series roster.
— Patrick Mooney (@CSNMooney) October 25, 2016
Schwarber hit 16 homers in 69 games for the Cubs in 2015, his rookie season. He followed that up by hitting five homers in nine postseason games. That made history, and the outfielder is looking to do so again.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 25, 2016
To get ready for the World Series against Cleveland, Schwarber played a few games in the Arizona Fall League, and he and the team deemed himself ready to go. There’s a good chance he’ll serve as Chicago’s designated hitter when they play in an American League stadium in Games 1 and 2, according to MLB.com.
At Indiana, Schwarber had 40 homers, 149 RBIs and a .341/.437/.607 slash line in three seasons. He was the fourth overall pick of the 2014 MLB Draft, the highest draft pick Indiana has ever had.