Cubs sign infielder Chase Strumpf

Cubs sign infielder Chase Strumpf


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CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed infielder Chase Strumpf, the club’s second round selection (64th overall), in the 2019 First-Year Player Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Strumpf, 21, batted .279 (65-for-233) with 14 doubles, two triples, nine homers, 44 RBI, a .416 on-base percentage and 48 walks in 63 games for UCLA, as he helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Super Regionals before falling to Michigan 10 days ago. Strumpf was named to the Pac-12 All-Conference Team following the regular season after he was named a First Team Pre-season All-American by Baseball America, Collegiate Baseball, Perfect Game and D1 Baseball. On Draft Night, June 3, Strumpf hit a three-run homer against Loyola Marymount University in the NCAA Regional Final within moments of being selected by the Cubs.

Strumpf was an All-Pac-12 selection in 2018, as well as a Dick Howser Award semifinalist in the running for the nation’s top collegiate player. He led the Bruins with a .363 average, 59 runs scored and 53 RBI while amassing 23 doubles, a triple, 12 homers, a .475 on-base percentage and a .633 slugging mark.

A native of Dana Point, Calif., the six-foot one-inch, 191-pound Strumpf graduated from JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. In 2016, he was ranked No. 31 in the 2016 Perfect Game USA Top High School Prospects in the state of California.

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