Baseball: All Eyes Will be on Sophomore Chase Strumpf

Strumpf after winning MVP in Colombia
Strumpf after winning MVP in Colombia

By Eric Sondheimer, LA Times

It has been a little over a month since sophomore Chase Strumpf of JSerra returned from Colombia with a gold medal after helping the USA 15U baseball team win the Pan American championships.

It was another achievement for a young player who keeps raising expectations. Before he even played in his first high school game last season, he accepted a scholarship to UCLA. Then he became a starter for the Lions. And things keep getting better.

Strumpf is ranked No. 3 in the nation among the class of ’16 prospects by Perfect Game. He’s appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd after hitting five home runs in eight games in Colombia to earn tournament MVP honors.

“It was amazing being able to wear USA on your chest,” he said of his USA 15U experience last weekend at halftime of the JSerra-Buena Park football game. “It was the best feeling in my life. I’ll never forget it.”

Strumpf has already made a big jump from freshman to sophomore year based on his summer. He’s stronger and has more power. He got to see Trinity League pitching as a freshman. It’s a little scary to think what he’ll look like by his senior year.

Baseball: Chase Strumpf Hits His Fifth Home Run in Six Games

StrumpfBy Eric Sondheimer, Los Angeles Times

A year ago, when he was an incoming freshman at San Juan Capistrano JSerra, Chase Strumpf was cut from the USA national youth team that he was trying to make. That might be the final time in his life that someone dares to cut Strumpf.

On Friday, he hit his fifth home run in six games of the COPABE Pan American Games in Colombia, helping the USA 15U national team improve to 6-0 with a 9-0 win over Brazil.

Strumpf became the starting shortstop as a freshman at JSerra this past season. He has committed to UCLA, and USA 15U assistant Coach Matt LaCour, the head coach at Harvard-Westlake, said Strumpf is much improved from the player of last summer.

“Was a year younger,” LaCour said in an email. “This past year of real baseball has done him well.”

As for what he is accomplishing in Colombia, LaCour said, “He is playing really well and is a run producer. Fun watching him develop over the last couple of years. He is going to be an impact guy at the next level.”

Blake Sabol, who attends Aliso Niguel, had two hits and two RBIs on Friday.

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Strumpf on to Next Stage of USA Baseball Tryouts, Cohen Named to Development Team

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Chase Strumpf, Shortstop

JSerra standout freshman shortstop Chase Strumpf impressed a lot of people out on the baseball diamond during his first year of high school.

At the USA Baseball 15U National Team Championships in Cary, N.C. in late June, Strumpf kept on impressing and on July 1 was named to the 40-man roster of the 15U National Team Trials.

Strumpf has now made it past the first stage of tryouts for the USA National Team and will head to Cary, N.C. again from July 13-18 with the hopes of being named to the final 20-man 15U National Team roster.

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Sam Cohen, Catcher

The 15U National Team will compete in the COPABE “AA”/15U Pan American Championships in Barranquilla, Columbia from July 26 to August 4.

Strumpf is currently committed to UCLA.

JSerra sophomore catcher Sam Cohen was named to the USA Baseball 17U National Development Program on July 8. Cohen competed in the National Team Championships and was selected to the Development Program’s 40-man roster. Two players from that 40-man roster will be invited to the USA Baseball 18U National Team Trials and eight will be invited to the 2014 USA Baseball Tournament of Stars.

JSerra has Fabulous Freshman in Strumpf

Freshman, Chase Strumpf
Freshman, Chase Strumpf

By Jake Kaplan, OC Varsity

Coaches can often remember the moment they realized a player was special. Ask JSerra baseball coach Brett Kay when he identified Chase Strumpf as a can’t-miss talent and the answer comes easy.

“As soon as I saw him,” Kay said. “As soon as I saw him.”

It was the summer of 2010 when a 12-year-old Strumpf strolled into Kay’s youth baseball camp at JSerra Catholic High School. It was the first year Kay held the camp and only about 15 kids showed up. Kay says now that Strumpf really had no business being there. He was too advanced.

Two-and-a-half years later, Strumpf, of Ladera Ranch, plays for Kay here on JSerra’s St. Pierre varsity baseball field, smacking singles and doubles off pitchers several years older than him and fielding hard-hit groundballs at shortstop with the composure of an upperclassman.

Just a handful of games into his freshman season, Strumpf, who turned only 15 on Friday, is opening eyes at JSerra.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound shortstop entered the weekend a team-best 6 for 14 and has already showed his uncanny ability in the field.

“He doesn’t act like a freshman,” said Kay, who also coached him in travel ball. “He doesn’t perform like a freshman. You look at him and you think junior, senior, and he’s a freshman? It’s pretty cool to watch. … He’s special.”

Casey Worden hits out of the three-hole for JSerra, one spot behind Strumpf. Worden, a senior captain, lauded Strumpf’s fundamentals, which he described as “sound in every aspect.”

“I had heard about him before when he was coming in,” Worden said. “He lived up to every bit.”

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