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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

This is what Schwarber did to one ball today.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber discusses his offseason where he's lost 17-20 pounds but doesn't believe he's lost strength. He was asked if he's proud of what he's accomplished so far.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Schwarber claims he has a nasty sidearm, knuckle ball.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Schwarber's morning ends with a little long toss.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Schwarber's buddy is pitching to him, even calling out situations. First one was 'no one on, no one out.' Schwarber hit a bomb. "1-0," he said quietly.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

This underhanded toss drill is simply to hit the ball where it's pitched. Schwarber said once in a while he'll pull an outside pitch but "I'd rather go where it's supposed to."

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Every few swings the tee is moved to different areas around the plate. Schwarber said a simple goal is to shore up the holes his swing -- though it's not that simple to accomplish.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Kyle Schwarber gets ready to do some bashing.

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Inside Schwarber's new workout routine (0:34)

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Using the medicine ball, the focus is on rotational power. Though he's lost weight, Schwarber's trainers think he can increase his strength at the plate.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Resistance band training has been a major focus for Schwarber over the last month. The goal isn't to get huge, it's to get strong. His trainers don't increase the weights as much as focusing on explosive movements.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Perhaps because he knew the camera was rolling, Schwarber asked for a heavier weight for this drill.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The motto at ASPI

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Schwarber trains at ASPI in Tampa Bay where Derek Jeter used to train along with other major leaguers as well as NFL players.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

In and out, back and forth, Schwarber and his trainers mimic outfield movements. Watch until the end for the web gem.

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His trainer, Yo Murphy, says the goal is to get more agile in all aspects of the game. These drills are for first step quickness.

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More agility drills which end with Schwarber "tracking" a fly ball. This one was too deep.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

This drill ends with Schwarber tracking down a tennis ball.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Schwarber trains under the guidance of former pro football player Yo Murphy. This quick feet warm up drill was accomplished a lot slower in the past.

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Source: Veteran RP Cishek, Cubs agree to deal

Veteran reliever Steve Cishek, who pitched for the Mariners and Rays last season and has 121 career saves, reached a two-year deal with the Cubs, a source told ESPN.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Source confirms Ken Rosenthal report, Cubs close to signing righty reliever Steve Cishek. Cishek had 2.01 ERA in 49 games playing for Sea and TB last season. He gave up just 26 hits in 44 innings to go along with 41 strikeouts.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.957th
Quality Starts77Tied-8th
WHIP1.289th
BAA.2384th
Runs8224th
Batting Average.25516th
On Base Percentage.3384th
Slugging Percentage.4377th