Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber looks lean ahead of spring training

By Alex Butler  |  Feb. 24, 2018 at 9:29 AM
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Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber appears to be in great shape heading into the 2018 season.

The outfielder is listed at 6-foot, 235 pounds on Baseball Reference, but reports emerged all offseason about Schwarber working on his conditioning. ESPN reported that Schwarber lost up to 20 pounds during the offseason.

He was listed at 240 pounds when he played at Indiana University.

The Cubs posted a video of the slugger Thursday on social media. He looks extremely lean and muscular while making great contact with a baseball. The Cubs included some bomb emojis for good measure on the post.

Chicago Cubs' Kyle Schwarber hits an RBI-single off Atlanta Braves' Mike Foltynewicz in the third inning on September 1 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. File photo by Kamil Krzaczynski/UPI

Boston Red Sox's Sam Travis -- Schwarber's former college teammate -- told MassLive that Schwarber was on a "really strict diet."

Industry sources told ESPN that he was on a mission to "transform" his body this offseason.

Schwarber, 24, hit .211 last season with 30 home runs and 59 RBI in 129 games. He also hit four home runs and had nine RBI, while hitting .343, in 11 minor league appearances. He is pre-arbitration eligible in 2018.

He went 0-for-1 in the Cubs' 2-1 loss Friday to the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Ariz. Schwarber had a walk and a strikeout in the spring training appearance.

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