Rookie of the Year 6th → Grades plummet’ Cubs 4th hitter goes to Japan in search of a rebound opportunity… Contract with Orix

Frank Schwindel (30), who played an active role as the fourth hitter for the Chicago Cubs, headed to the Japanese professional baseball.

On the 12th, American media MLB Trade Rumors said, “Schwindel, who played for the Cubs, signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes of the Japanese professional baseball league. Schwindel said he was playing in the Dominican Winter League.”

Schwindel had a batting average of 2.6 9 Lee (142 hits in 528 at-bats), 22 home runs, 79 RBIs, and an OPS of .771 in 145 career major league games. He’s not had a major league career, but he also served as the Cubs’ fourth hitter this year, batting 2.2-9 in 75 games (62-for-271) with eight home runs and 36 RBIs for a .635 OPS.

MLB Trade Rumors said, “Schwindel was assigned by Oakland in July 2021 and transferred to the Cubs. When Anthony Rizzo left for the Yankees, Schwindel took a chance in the big leagues. In the second half of the 2021 season, he posted .342/.389/.613 slash lines. He complied with a strikeout rate of just 15% and a walk rate of 6.7%. He hit 13 스포츠토토 home runs. Although it was a limited opportunity, he achieved amazing results, and thanks to that, he received some votes (6th place) in the National League Rookie of the Year vote,” Schwindel explained the moment when he shined the most.

But Schwindel’s performance has plummeted this year. He bounced back and forth between the major leagues and triple-A and even suffered a back injury in May-June. After Schwindel’s poor performance, the Cubs assigned Schwindel in mid-September, resulting in his release.

MLB Trade Rumors said, “Schwindel, who failed to show good form in the 2022 season, seemed difficult to find a good contract beyond a minor league contract. Instead, he leaves for Japan to recapture the magic of the 2021 season. As he seeks a rebound at Orix, he will be able to earn enough money and opportunities and eventually return to the United States.”

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