Frank Schwindel suffered through a brief slump this month, but it happened mostly in October and wasn’t enough to keep him from taking home NL Rookie of the Month honors for September. If you’re scoring at home, that’s two straight months for the New Jersey native after rising from total obscurity as a seemingly random dude the Cubs picked up after the Athletics cut him loose.
Schwindel hit .357 with a 1.057 OPS and 171 wRC+, which was actually better than his award-winning August. Between the two months combined, he hit .351 with a 1.061 OPS and 170 wRC+ over 225 plate appearances. That’s enough time to tell you he’s more than just a fluke. Whether he can keep up anything like this over a longer period is obviously an open question, but he should be given that chance next season.