Future Watch: Frank Schwindel Baseball Cards, Chicago Cubs – Frank Schwindel was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round after attending St. John’s University for three years. In that span, this Livingston, NJ native showed off his versatility, playing catcher and first base, and occasionally pinch hitting. Overall, he hit a combined .341 with 83 RBI in 114 games, showing strength as a run producer when given the chance.
Schwindel joined the Royals system after the Draft, heading first to the Idaho Falls Chukars where he drove in 42 in 64 games. In 2014, he played for two teams, The Lexington Legends and Wilmington Blue Rocks in Advanced A-ball. Again, he drove in 75 in 118 games for the two franchises.
In 2017, the 6’1″, 220-pound player turned into a slugger. He started in AA with the Northwest Arkansas Nationals and ended up in AAA with the Omaha Storm Chasers combining for 17 home runs and 72 RBI with a .528 slugging percentage. He played in the AAA All-Star game during that year.
In 2019, he was invited to training camp with the Royals and was named to the Opening Day Roster. He was designated for assignment in May and released shortly after getting a few big-league at-bats and playing only first base. He finished the year out in the minors playing for four different teams that season including the Toledo Mud Hens. Here’s a look at him smoking one out of the park:
Before being signed by the Oakland A’s in November of 2020, he was at the Tigers Alternate Training Site all season long. In July 2021, the Chicago Cubs claimed Schwindel off waivers and optioned him to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs. He got the call up to the big show on July 30, after the Anthony Rizzo trade. Schwindel hit .344 with six home runs, 18 RBIs, a .394 on-base with a .635 slugging and a 1.030 OPS in August, earning him the Rookie of the Month for the National League. A go-ahead grand slam was great reason for him to be named the NL Player of the Week for the week of August 30 to September 5.
Schwindel looks to be here for the long haul, and rightfully so. Collectors can find his rookie card in 2020 Topps Update Baseball.
MLB Future Watch: Frank Schwindel Baseball Cards, Chicago Cubs – Stats
|162 Game Avg.||162||616||578||94||186||40||3||38||108||3||3||38||103||.322||.364||.598||.962||155||346||5||0||0||0||5|
|KCR (1 yr)||6||15||15||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||.067||.067||.067||.133||-65||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|CHC (1 yr)||46||193||179||33||65||14||1||13||37||1||1||14||31||.363||.409||.670||1.080||185||120||2||0||0||0||2|
|OAK (1 yr)||8||20||20||2||3||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||5||.150||.150||.350||.500||34||7||0||0||0||0||0|
|AL (2 yrs)||14||35||35||2||4||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||7||.114||.114||.229||.343||-10||8||0||0||0||0||0|
|NL (1 yr)||46||193||179||33||65||14||1||13||37||1||1||14||31||.363||.409||.670||1.080||185||120||2||0||0||0||2|
MLB Future Watch: Frank Schwindel Baseball Cards, Chicago Cubs – More Resources
- MLB.com Player Profile – Frank Schwindel
- Secondary Market Pricing – Frank Schwindel
- Beckett Card Catalog – Frank Schwindel Baseball Cards
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