Correspondent Lee Sang-hee] There’s a hitter in Major League Baseball who has hit more home runs than singles, and he’s also the team’s top hitter. The man behind the record is Philadelphia outfielder Kyle Schwarber (30).
“As of today, Schwarber is batting .195 with 41 home runs and 90 RBIs in 138 games this season,” Fox Sports reported on Aug. 8. “He has 98 total hits, including 41 home runs, one triple and 16 doubles, but only 40 singles. He has more home runs than singles.” He ranks third in the National League in home runs.
Schwarber, a left-handed hitter from Ohio, USA, was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the first round (4th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. A catcher at the time of his draft, he was described as a “game-changing power hitter” by local media and major league officials.
Schwarber made his major league debut in 2015, just one year after being selected in the first round. He showed promise in his first year, hitting .246 with 16 home runs and 43 RBIs in 69 games. His on-base percentage and slugging percentage combined for an OPS of .842.
Since then, Schwarber has developed into a power hitter who has hit double-digit home runs every year except 2016, when he only played in two games due to injury. He surpassed 30 homers in a season in 2017 (30) and 2019 (38), then in 2021 (32) while playing for Washington and Boston, and last year in Philadelphia he hit a career-high 46 arches. That power helped him sign a massive four-year, $79 million contract with the Phillies last year. 바카라사이트
But he also has his weaknesses. For all of his power, he doesn’t have a lot of plate discipline.
After hitting .188 in the 2020 season, Schwarber hit just .218 last year. This year, he’s batting just .195. He has 240 career home runs, but only a .227 batting average.
“If you asked me if I wanted to hit .260 for the season, I would say yes,” Schwarber told Fox Sports. “I hate seeing my batting average on the scoreboard when I’m at bat. But that’s the way it is, and you have to accept that and figure out how to be a more productive hitter.”
“If I’m hitting .180 right now and I’m batting .250, that’s really serious,” he said, adding that he still has a good on-base percentage (.345) and slugging percentage (.475) on the season. His OPS is .820.