A promising player who even won the ‘Rookie of the Month’… Leaving the U.S. and joining Japanese Orix￼
Frank Schwindel, who had a career high season playing for the Oakland Athletics and Chicago Cubs last year, will cross the Pacific Ocean and wear the Orix Buffaloes uniform.
Japan’s ‘Daily Sports’ reported on the 11th (Korean time), “Frank Schwindel, who played the role of the fifth hitter for the Chicago Cubs this season, has signed a contract with the Orix Buffaloes.”
Schwindel began his professional career after being drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round, 534 overall, in the 2013 draft. Schwindel did not see the light of day in his long obscurity, and only made his first major league appearance in the 2019 season. And he didn’t live up to his expectations with a batting average of 0.067.
Released after only six games in Kansas City, his difficult debut, Schwindel immediately signed with the Detroit Tigers, but their relationship did not last long either. Schwindel wore the Auckland Athletic uniform through a claim, but even that stopped at a batting average of 0.150 in eight games.
Schwindel’s life turned around after he moved to the Chicago Cubs. Schwindel made a new nest with the Cubs last season, and in 56 games, he hit 13 home runs and 40 RBIs with a batting average of 0.342 OPS and 1.002 with a fire bat. As a result, Schwindel was selected as ‘Rookie of the Month’ in August 2021, and ranked 6th in the National League Rookie of the Year vote.
Based on last year’s good momentum, Schwindel vomited his spirit by starting as the fifth hitter in the opening game this year. But his miracle lasted only one year. Schwindel has been given more chances this year than he did last year, appearing in 75 games. However, his performance dropped noticeably to 8 homers, 36 RBIs, a batting average of 0.229 OPS and 0.635, and he eventually took off his Cubs uniform. 토토사이트
Schwindel ended up signing with Orix while playing in the Dominican Republic Winter League to continue his career. Schwindel’s career record in the major leagues was 22 home runs batting average 0.269 OPS 0.771 in 145 games, and 136 home runs batting average 0.285 OPS 0.796 in 852 games in the minor leagues.
‘Daily Sports’ added, “Orix had 89 home runs, the lowest in the league, and Masataka Yoshida transferred to the Boston Red Sox through the posting system.”