(CBS) — The Cubs selected catcher/outfielder Kyle Schwarber of Indiana University with the fourth overall pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Thursday.
“Kyle has been one of the premier performers in the college ranks the last few years,” Cubs vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod said. “He displays what we look for in patience and power at the plate. He is a high character guy we think teammates will rally around.”
A Middleton, Ohio native, the 21-year-old Schwarber had a combined batting average of .341 for the past three seasons with the Hoosiers. This past season, he hit .358 with 14 homers and 48 RBIs.
In 2013, he was selected as the best catcher in the country by Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.