Status: Still Raking
“If you rake, you rake, right?” — David Ross, Cubs Manager
Small sample size, yes, and career minor-leaguer, (mostly) yes ... but as his manager Ross says above, hitting this good for this long is pretty hard to ignore, especially because he’s hitting for contact and spraying the ball all over the field, with power.
His slash line thru Tuesday’s game: .355/.403/.640 (51 games) with:
- 13 HR
- 16 2B
- 38 RBI
- 69 hits
- 15 walks with only 33 strikeouts
That’s really solid offensive production in 2 months. Power plus a 200+ hits-per-season pace (and for context you can do the math on the rest of those numbers projected over a full season, but they’re very good).
Entering Tuesday’s games, of all major league players with 200+ plate appearances, he’s:
- 3rd in slugging percentage
- 4th in lowest strikeout rate among those with a .550+ slugging percentage
A nice blend of contact and power, and while we cannot really call him a contact hitter, per se, he’s in the neighborhood.
Watch his swing on this homer to right.
Balanced, in control, hands back, doesn’t open hips too far or too early. Hits an outside pitch hard to the opposite field for a homer.
I hope he continues it next year in a Cubs uniform. And I hope their scouting and development guys are paying attention.
UPDATE (10/5/21) : Schwindel named NL Rookie of the month for September. Same as August.