Kyle Schwarber, the former All-American catcher who led Indiana to its first College World Series in 2013, has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Nationals pending a physical according to reporting from Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post.
Schwarber helped lead the Chicago Cubs to a World Series title in 2016, their first since 1908 and hit 121 home runs for them in six seasons playing mostly left field. However, Schwarber was not tendered a contract extension after the COVID-shortened 2020 season in which he hit just .188 with 11 home runs and 24 RBIs in 59 games.
Schwarber, a Middleton, Ohio native, was taken No. 4 overall by the Cubs in the 2014 draft after hitting .341 with a 1.044 OPS, 40 home runs and 149 RBIs in three seasons at Indiana. He led the Hoosiers to Big Ten titles in both 2013 and 2014 and the College World Series in 2013.
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