Royce Lewis became the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 Draft as a shortstop at JSerra Catholic High (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.), but the year before he played second base in deference to Strumpf. Strumpf became an immediate starter at second base for UCLA, where he generated first-round buzz with an outstanding sophomore season in 2018. His numbers and his stock dipped a bit last spring, allowing the Cubs to sign him for $1,050,300 as a second-rounder, and he celebrated getting picked by homering seconds later in a regional playoff game.
Like Cubs 2018 first-rounder Nico Hoerner, Strumpf has drawn offensive comparisons to Ian Kinsler. Using a compact right-handed swing, he controls the strike zone and barrels the ball exceedingly well. He's geared more for line-drive contact, but he has the bat speed and hitting ability to produce 15-20 homers per year.
Strumpf should hit and he'll have to if he's going to become a regular. He has fringy speed and isn't much of a factor on the bases. He has similar arm strength and range, and while he gets the job done at second base, his tools would be stretched on the left side of the infield.
South Bend Cubs activated 2B Chase Strumpf from the 7-day injured list.
South Bend Cubs placed 2B Chase Strumpf on the 7-day injured list.
2B Chase Strumpf assigned to South Bend Cubs from Eugene Emeralds.
2B Chase Strumpf assigned to Eugene Emeralds from AZL Cubs 2.