Expectations were raised as he was nominated for the Rookie of the Year award for the 2021 season, but Frank Schwindel, who was assigned a nomination due to poor performance this season, will step on Japanese soil.
Japan’s ‘Nikkan Sports’ reported on the 11th (Korean time), “According to sources, the Orix Buffaloes will recruit Schwindel, who played in the major leagues.” He followed Orix’s social media account early on, and transfer rumors circulated, and the fact of the contract was revealed.
Recently, Schwindel has been improving his game sense while playing for Aguilar Le Civeenas in the Dominican Winter League. Aguilar’s general manager, Angel Ovales, even said, “Schwindel is going to Japan, and he will leave the team.”
Schwindel first stepped on the big league stage in 2019. In the 2021 season, he participated in 64 games and recorded a batting average of 0.326, 안전놀이터 14 homers, 43 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.962, ranking 6th in Rookie of the Year following Jonathan India, Trevor Rogers, Dylan Carson, Patrick Wisdom, and Ian Anderson.
It made him look forward to his future, and Schwindel wore a Chicago Cubs uniform this season, starting first base five times. He hoped to form a cleanup trio with Wilson Contreras and Ian Happ.
However, Schwindel performed poorly with a batting average of 0.229, 8 homers, 36 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.635, and was designated for assignment in September.
Orix’s flagship hitter, Masataka Yoshida, recently challenged the major leagues with a posting system, and he was confirmed to go to the Boston Red Sox for 5 years and 90 million dollars. Therefore, in order to strengthen the center batting line, we kept an eye on the giant gun resources and chose Schwindel.
Schwindel recorded a career batting average of 0.269 with 22 home runs, 79 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.770 in the major leagues, and a career batting average of 0.285 in the minor leagues, 136 home runs, 552 RBIs, and an OPS of 0.797.