The Chicago Cubs landed a versatile bat in second-rounder Chase Strumpf in this year’s draft. Now with the Eugene Emeralds, Strumpf has been everything Chicago has wanted and more in a future major leaguer.
When the Chicago Cubs Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer started their journey to find the next wave of future talent for the Cubs, they probably did not expect that Chase Strumpf would become part of that equation. However, once Strumpf began to slide, it became apparent that there was a realistic chance the club could land him. It is precisely what happened as the chips fell perfectly into place.
Strumpf spent his college career at UCLA. In three seasons as a Bruin, Strumpf carried a career .301/.414/.508 line with a .922 OPS. He was notorious for striking out, however, did manage to hold a 14.46 walk percentage.
In what was supposed to be a day one selection of the draft, Strumpf fell to day two which set Chicago up perfectly to grab him at number 64 overall. Strumpf has worked his way up to the Low-A Eugene Emeralds where he has already managed to find a good level of success.