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2023 Draftee Chase Brunson Likes his Line Drive Approach

2023 Draftee Chase Brunson Likes his Line Drive Approach

July 13, 2023

Photo credit: San Clemente High School Twitter

Outfielder Chase Brunson was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays this week out of San Clemente High School in California.

“It was pretty surreal,” said Brunson. “You dream about the moment, your name gets called, and especially being a high school kid. Not a lot of kids get the opportunity to be drafted out of high school, so it was a pleasure, and an opportunity I’m very thankful for.”

Brunson was drafted after batting .429 with a .537 OBP during his senior season at San Clemente.

His success at the plate comes from his line drive approach which helped Brunson record 42 hits in 98 at-bats.

“I’ve been hitting a lot of opposite field doubles, pull-side doubles, doubles and triples and staying away from popping up,” explained Brunson. “I’m hitting the ball harder using that approach. I’m hitting a home run here and there because I have the power to do so. The line drive approach helps me stay within myself and not do too much.”

Brunson played center field his senior year of high school, but he has the ability to play anywhere in the outfield.

“I play every outfield position,” stated Brunson. “I played CF this season but I could see myself moving to a corner spot if need be. CF is the spot I like the most, but I’m flexible and can move around to right or left.”

And Brunson is happy with his range in the outfield, “I can get to balls pretty well,” explained Brunson. “I can track balls well because I have good eyes. I can run, I’m able to get a good jump and get to the balls that are hit deep. I’m able to do that well, I’d say.”

Congratulations, Chase Brunson!