Former Flame Kyle Schwarber Selected 4th Overall in 2014 MLB Draft -

The Chicago Cubs selected former Cincy Flame (Middletown HS, Middletown, OH) Kyle Schwarber with the 4th overall pick in the 1st round of the annual Major League Baseball 1st year player draft.  Schwarber played his college ball at Indiana University (alongside two other former Flames - Michael Basil and Kyle Hart), where he lead them to their first ever College World Series appearance in 2013. had this to say about Schwarber:

Schwarber powered Indiana to its first College World Series appearance and first outright Big Ten Conference regular-season championship since 1932 last year, slugging a school-record 18 homers and ranking third in NCAA Division I in that category. Undrafted and relatively unknown coming out of an Ohio high school, he has since established himself as the premier power hitter in the 2014 college Draft class. He offers lots of strength and bat speed from the left side of the plate, and he's not a one-dimensional hitter either. Schwarber controls the strike zone well and repeatedly barrels balls, so he should hit for a high average as well. His offensive ability could make him a star as a catcher  provided that he can stay behind the plate. While he moves well for his size, his throwing and receiving both grade as below average and could prompt a move to the outfield, where he has seen time for the Hoosiers.

The Flames would like to pass on a well-deserved congratulations to Kyle.  His hard work has lead him to this spot, and we look forward to seeing him playing on the Northside of Chicago in the near future!