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2019 MLB draft profile: 2B Chase Strumpf is an advanced hitter that could move quickly

The Detroit Tigers don’t often draft players like Chase Strumpf. Normally a club to go after shortstops, catchers, and outfielders when they are not drafting hard-throwing pitchers, the Tigers broke from their mold when they took second baseman Kody Clemens with their third round pick back in 2018. How out of character was this for them? The last time the Tigers took a second baseman in the top 15 rounds of the draft prior to Clemens was Devon Travis, a 13th round pick in 2012. You have to go all the way back to 2010 to find one they took in the first 10 rounds (Corey Jones is your trivia answer, by the way).

Now, they have a chance to do it two years in a row. UCLA second baseman Chase Strumpf was widely regarded as the top college second baseman in the country prior to the start of the 2019 season, but saw his stock take a bit of a hit after he struggled to hit early on this year. He has gotten back on track lately, though, and should be taken somewhere in the top 50 to 60 picks of this year’s draft.

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