St. John’s baseball star continues scorching hitting for Chicago Cubs

Former St. John's baseball star Frank Schwindel (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports)
Former St. John's baseball star Frank Schwindel (Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports) /

St. John’s baseball star Frank Schwindel is continuing his hot hitting for the Chicago Cubs. 

The fire sale that came from Wrigley Field at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline signaled the white flag from the Chicago Cubs, but it was the just the beginning for former St. John’s baseball star Frank Schwindel.

After being drafted in the 18th Round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, Schwindel made his debut with the team in 2019 where he only appeared in six games.

The former Johnnie was then designated for assignment shortly after making his debut following Opening Day in 2019 and then signed with the Detroit Tigers where he spent the rest of the season in the minor leagues.

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Schwindel did not have the opportunity to play in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic forcing the cancelation of the minor league season but signed with the Oakland Athletics in the offseason prior to the 2021 campaign.

The Livingston, New Jersey native was called up on June 29 and made his debut on June 30 when he blasted a home run in his first at-bat with the team.

Frank Schwindel was then designated for assignment on July 16 but was signed by the Chicago Cubs on July 18 and he finally saw playing time when first baseman Anthony Rizzo was traded to the New York Yankees at the trade deadline.

Since being promoted from Triple A Iowa on July 30, Schwindel is hitting .366 with a .428 on-base percentage in 38 games played with 11 home runs and 32 RBI.

Schwindel has also belted nine doubles and one triple with 12 walks in his time with the Cubbies.

St. John’s baseball star already receiving honors from Major League Baseball

Frank Schwindel was reward for his outstanding play in the month of August as he was named as the National League Rookie of the Month, alongside Jonathan India of the Cincinnati Reds.

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Schwindel was also named as the National League Player of the Week from August 30 to September 5 after he hit a go-ahead grand slam that gave the Cubs an 11-8 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The grand slam also allowed Schwindel to become the first MLB player with a go-ahead RBI in the 6th inning or later of 4 straight games over the last 40 years, according to ESPN Stats and Info.

Despite the Cubs poor overall record, Frank Schwindel has 18 games left in the 2021 regular season and the former Red Storm star should have earned himself a nice contract either with the Cubs or another franchise.

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