As we continue our look at Major League Baseball free agents who have been tied to the Colorado Rockies through rumors before the current MLB lockout went into effect, let’s examine what 2022 statistics are being projected for outfielder Kyle Schwarber.
What does 2022 look like for Colorado Rockies free agent target Kyle Schwarber?
Last season between the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals, Schwarber slashed .266/.374/.554 with 32 home runs and 71 RBI. Of those homers, 25 came with the Nationals before a trade was orchestrated on July 29. However, because of a hamstring injury, Schwarber did not make his debut with the Red Sox until August 13.
According to MLBTradeRumors.com, Schwarber is expected to earn a four-year, $70 million contract this offseason. Right before the lockout went into effect, Schwarber was reportedly close to signing with the Philadelphia Phillies. However, a final agreement was not reached, but Philadelphia is considered one of the top landing spots for Schwarber in 2022.
While Colorado may not be in the top of potential destinations for Schwarber, there is no doubt that his bat and power potential is needed for a Colorado Rockies outfield that is in desperate need of some home run potential outside of Charlie Blackmon.
How much power could Schwarber bring to 20th and Blake? Let’s look at some of his projected numbers for the 2022 campaign.
According to ZiPS, Schwarber will slash .257/.360/.533 with 30 home runs and 81 RBI.
As a note, Schwarber has hit 30 or more home runs in a season three different times, including last season’s 32 and a career-high 38 in 2019 with the Chicago Cubs.
What about another projection? According to Steamer, the overall slash numbers are down (.239/.344/.497) while the home runs (35) and RBI (87) both climb.
On one site which puts together the composite projections from five different sources, the numbers show Schwarber putting together a .246/.352/.510 with 32 home runs and 79 RBI.
Of course, those numbers could change if Schwarber were to sign with the Rockies and play half of his home games at Coors Field. Until the lockout ends, Rockies fans can hope that potential thought becomes a reality.