are few opportunities when a player moves through the minor league
ranks as fast as the Chicago Cubs fourth overall pick of the 2014 MLB
Amateur Draft, Kyle Schwarber. Schwarber has impressed through 18
games in the minors, with Class A Kane County and Class Short-Season
A Boise, hitting for a .446 batting average with eight home runs, 20
RBI and 19 runs scored.
of Schwarber’s teammates from Indiana University, Demetrius Webb
and Austin Foote, both red-shirted their freshmen years; in doing so
both had the opportunity to learn valuable lessons that they are
implanting in the PGCBL and the rest of their baseball careers. Both
Webb and Foote are current members of the Albany Dutchmen and have
both seen playing time so far early in the season.
far, Webb has started in nine games and played in 10 and has four
hits, two RBI and is a perfect 3-for-3 in stolen base attempts.
has been a good time so far,” Webb said about how his experience in
the PGCBL has been so far this summer. “Playing with guys from
other schools and meeting other players from other teams has been
just met another catcher from the Utica Brewers and we started
talking and he told me how he was from the Bahamas. His story is very
interesting on how he got the opportunity to come over to the U.S. to
play the game he loves.”
Foote, he has pitched in five games and started one, posting a 2.53
ERA and is currently second on the team with 15 strikeouts in 10 2/3
innings of work.
is my first year of playing summer ball, so I didn’t know what to
expect, but the experience has been a blast so far,” Foote said.
“Having new teammates from all around the country is great, and the
level of competition is really good too.”
Webb, who may soon take the reigns as Indiana’s next catcher, he
said watching Schwarber has taught him a lot as a player and to just
have fun playing the game.
able to step on the field with him every day was an honor,” Webb
said. “He is a very humble and down to earth guy. No matter how
good he was, he always wanted to get better and most importantly, he
had fun playing.”
Webb said he learned the most from Schwarber was that hard work
always pays off.
knew he was leaving after the season,” Webb added. “When we would
practice, he would make sure I understood everything so next year I
would be prepared.
think the most important thing I learned from him was to always work
hard. He wasn’t highly recruited coming out of high school; he work
to get where he is today. Yeah the guy has unbelievable hitting
skills, but it’s not like he got that over night. He wanted to be
great, so he challenged himself and worked hard to be great.”