After reaching on their first pick, the Cubs take a value player, 2B Chase Strumpf with the 64th pick in the second round on Monday night.
As discussed in the article here, the Cubs reached for a player they liked in Ryan Jensen, MLB.com’s 99th rated prospect, at pick #27 on Monday night. In the second round, the Cubs went in a direction that is more familiar to Cubs fans. The Cubs selected a polished college bat in 2B Chase Strumpf.
Strumpf was rated #41 by MLB.com, so this is a high-value pick for the Cubs. He grades out as an above average player overall, with his bat being his best tool. Below are the grades for Strumpf on the 20-80 scale:
It’s safe to say the Strumpf is a true second baseman due to his lack of a great arm. His power is average at best, but his hit tool should allow him to grow through the system at a rapid rate, similar to fellow prospect Nico Hoerner.
Moments after being drafted by the Cubs, Strumpf did this:
Safe to say that his timing was spectacular. As a big league player, I personally wouldn’t expect to see much of this from Strumpf. Although he will have some pop, expect him to be a slap hitter who uses all fields and gets on base. He doesn’t have elite speed or an arm, but he can certainly play an effective second base at the big league level. Below is a snip from his MLB.com draft profile:
In a perfect world, the Cubs find a second baseman who projects as a future starter and can bat .280-.300 in addition to getting on base — the ideal lead-off hitter. The Cubs may have found great value getting the #41 ranked prospect in this draft at pick #64.
Be sure to follow Chase on Twitter! @CStrumpf
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