9 of Chicago Cubs top 30 prospects make a stacked AA Tennessee Roster
8. 2B/3B Chase Strumpf (Cubs # 25)
A second rounder from 2019, infielder Chase Strumpf will be returning to AA after spending the entirety of 2022 in Tennessee. He had a fine year with 21 home runs and 73 walks in 393 at-bats. Although he primarily plays second base, he can play third as well, which is where the Cubs would need him with Nico Hoerner holding it down at second. Should Hoerner go down with an injury though, Strumpf may get his chance at the majors very soon as he is proving to be a decent power threat for a second baseman.
9. RHP Ryan Jensen (Cubs #29)
Ryan Jensen is looking to make the Iowa Cubs roster this year after a full season with Tennessee last year. In 17 starts with the Smokies, the former first round pick had a 4.25 ERA over 59 innings. The Cubs had enough faith in Jensen to add him to the 40 man roster this offseason in order to protect him from the rule-5 draft. With an powerful two-seamer averaging between 94-96 mph, a 4-seam and sweeping curveball, Jensen is likely also destined for the bullpen as he struggles to throw his slider and changeup for strikes.