BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Junior Indiana Hoosier baseball standout Kyle Schwarber, had a 2013 season that was riddled with accomplishments and accolades, as he was named best catcher in the nation by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while garnering First Team All-America honors from both bodies. Schwarber was also appointed a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American by the Collegiate Baseball newspaper as well as being chosen as the NCBWA’s District V Player of the Year. To top it all off, the stout backstop was also just named 1st team All-American.
Honestly, I could go on and on singing his praises and deservedly so. However Schwarber – a team oriented individual – was quick to put all those bestowments in to the proper prospective.
“Those are good accomplishments,” Schwarber stated when asked how it felt to be so decorated. “None of that stuff could be done without the help of my teammates. There is no way it would have been possible to have that success without those guys behind me.”
The six-foot, two hundred and thirty five pound catcher is an intimidating presence. He is built like a tank and like the M1-Abrams tank in U.S. military service now, Schwarber has the brain to complement the power.
“I want to come out and lead the team,” Schwarber added. “I want to get to know the staff and make all the guys feel like part of the team no matter what. When the freshman come in they need to be calmed down a little. I like to make sure that happens. They deserve to be treated with respect; after all they are here for a reason.”
A double edged sword, Schwarber has what any coach would look for in any two players. The amazing thing about this kid is he was – for the most part – overlooked during the recruiting phase of his career. Hailing from Middletown High School in Middletown Ohio, the brutal left-handed bomber was virtually a no-name somehow.
“I am blessed to be here at Indiana,” the Academic All-Big Ten selection continued. “The coaches expect the best out of us, as we are held to higher standard. I couldn’t imagine playing anywhere else.”
Indiana baseball fans are unique, they don’t have a major league team to really back, so a lot of attention is placed on Hoosier baseball. They are very ardent about the program to say the least.
“It’s pretty cool playing for these fans,” Schwarber said. “We are trying to bring baseball back to Bloomington, and when the new field came out it was amazing. When it’s cold outside there’s two-thousand fans in the stands, when it gets warmer it’s a packed house with standing room only. Hoosier nation is an unbelievable fan base to play under. We couldn’t ask for anything more.”