Frank Schwindel

Frank Schwindel

Frank Schwindel

Frank Schwindel

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Quantrill relies on the slider to whiff pitches with a 30.5% whiff rate. Even from a Run-Value standpoint, it rates as Quantrill’s best pitch with a -12 Run-Value per Baseball Savant. Meanwhile, the rest of Quantrill’s pitches look mediocre from a whiff rate and wOBA allowed standpoint. Outside of Quantrill’s four-seamer boasting two inches more horizontal movement versus the average four-seamer, the rest of his pitches don’t stand out from a movement perspective.

As noted earlier, it’s typically a smart move to scoop up Cleveland pitchers in fantasy baseball drafts. Outside of Triston McKenzie, it seems most of the Cleveland pitchers rely on non-fastballs. The question remains whether we should buy or sell Cal Quantrill, but the stuff, control, and command don’t make it obvious. From a fantasy perspective, Quantrill ranks as the 50th starting pitcher according to the Razzball Player Rater near Wade Miley and Shane McClanahan. (Source: www.fantraxhq.com)


Schwindel hit .357 with a 1.057 OPS and 171 wRC+, which was actually better than his award-winning August. Between the two months combined, he hit .351 with a 1.061 OPS and 170 wRC+ over 225 plate appearances. That’s enough time to tell you he’s more than just a fluke. Whether he can keep up anything like this over a longer period is obviously an open question, but he should be given that chance next season.

“In doing so, Schwindel joined Hank Sauer as the only players in franchise history with at least 12 homers and a 1.050 OPS in their first 40 games with the organization. Sauer hit 15 homers to go with a 1.117 OPS in his first 40 games after being acquired from the Reds during the 1949 season. He went on to win the 1952 NL MVP Award and hit 198 homers over parts of seven seasons on the North Side of Chicago.” (Source: www.bleachernation.com)


Schwindel wrapped up a strong campaign on a high note, recording his third multi-hit effort over the last six games. The first baseman finishes the year with a .326/.371/.591 slash line, 14 home runs and 20 doubles across 64 games. Schwindel will likely be the Cubs' Opening Day starter at first base next season.

Schwindel uses a contact-oriented approach with a 92.3% Z-Contact% and 77.2% Contact%. Interestingly, Schwindel boasts an aggressive approach at the plate with a 38.7% O-Swing% and a 52.2% Swing% overall. It’s interesting because he hardly strikes out with a 16.7% strikeout rate and a quality .383 OBP in a relatively small sample of 212 plate appearances. An aggressive approach can work assuming the contact rates remain high or above the league average. (Source: www.fantraxhq.com)




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