The 29-year-old is playing like he’s got something to prove.
Folks in the Windy City need to take notice of Schwindel sooner than later, because he’s looking like an outstanding find for the organization.
Today, we’re going to give him some attention.
Here’s everything you need to know.
Schwindel is a nice success story.
He wasn’t a highly-regarded prospect coming out of college.
In fact, he wasn’t selected until the 18th round of the 2013 MLB Draft.
The Kansas City Royals took a chance on him by drafting him with the No. 534 overall pick (yes, you read that right), and it took him six years to work his way through the Royals’ farm system before debuting at the MLB level.
When he finally did, the initial results were underwhelming.
He batted just .067 with a .133 OPS over 15 at-bats with the Royals’ big-league club in 2019.
That marked the end of his time with Kansas City, as he was DFA’d and ultimately released.
His next chapter came with the Detroit Tigers.
He spent part of 2019 and 2020 in Detroit’s minor league system but never played with the team at the MLB level.
His stint with the organization ended unceremoniously.
He became a free agent after the 2020 season ended—a season in which he didn’t get to play a single game due to the pandemic (as there was no minor league season).
After Detroit, the Oakland Athletics gave him a shot.
He found himself on the team’s MLB roster earlier this summer, but he didn’t produce great results.
He slashed just .150/.150/.350 over 20 at-bats with the team, then he was DFA’d.
At this point, Schwindel’s career seemed like it was in jeopardy.
Given his age and lack of MLB production, the St. John’s University product was likely starting to question whether he’d get another opportunity.
In the end, he did.
The Cubs swooped in and claimed him off waivers.
Source: The Cubs claimed 1B Frank Schwindel from the A’s. He was DFA’d earlier this week when Mitch Moreland returned from the COVID-19 list.
— Kiley McDaniel (@kileymcd) July 18, 2021
He landed on the Cubs’ big-league roster after Chicago traded away Anthony Rizzo at the deadline.
And let’s just say this: Schwindel has made the most of his chance with the Cubs.
Over Limited Games With The Cubs, Schwindel Looks Like A Future Star
Schwindel is producing at an insane clip with Chicago.
He has appeared in 33 games so far, and the results have been astounding.
He’s batting .374 with a 1.120 OPS, 10 homers, eight doubles and a triple.
The 3rd grand slam of this game belongs to Frank Schwindel. 😱 pic.twitter.com/WyaNCmJdGo
— MLB (@MLB) September 5, 2021
He has driven in 30 runs, too, meaning he’d be on pace to drive in 147 runs over a full 162-game season.
Schwindel has also racked up a WAR of 1.4 already.
Again, to put that in the context of a 162-game campaign, he’d be on pace for a 6.9 WAR.
That’s an excellent rate.
He’s under contract until 2027, so he could very well end up being a key part of Chicago’s rebuild (or retool, as the organization wants to call it).
It’s not unrealistic to think this guy could be an everyday player for a contending Cubs team in the near future.
Who could have seen that coming a month ago?
Baseball has a funny way of never unfolding the way you think it will, and Schwindel’s sudden emergence is a prime example of that.