- position INF
- height 6-0
- Weight 200
- class Sophomore
- Hometown Corbin, Ky.
• National Player of the Week, week 4 (Collegiate Baseball, 2022)
• National Player of the Week, week 4 (Perfect Game/Rawlings, 2022)
• SEC Player of the Week, week 3 (2022)
• Major League Dreams Showcase, Northwoods Summer League (2021)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll (2021)
• SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll (2020)
Played for the Kenosha Kingfish of the Northwoods League alongside UK teammate Kirk Liebert…Joined late but made an immediate impact, reaching base safely in his first 18 games, including a summer-long eight-game hitting streak to start…Batted .299 in 97 at-bats, scoring 21 runs and driving in 25…Collected four doubles, a triple, two home runs and walked 20 times against 21 strikeouts…Tallied an .849 OPS…Had three hit streaks of at least five games and seven multi-hit efforts…In the Major League Dreams Showcase he went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs and three RBI.
Appeared in 40 games with 39 starts between second and third base…Batted .252 in 143 at-bats with 14 runs, 36 hits, nine doubles, one triple and 16 RBI…Walked eight times, hit three sacrifice flies and stole five bases in five attempts…11 of his 16 RBI on the season came in SEC play…Had nine multi-hit games…Recorded three hits on three different occasions, including the regular season finale at No. 2 Vanderbilt…Drove in three runs in his second game of the season…Had a six-game hitting streak from Apr. 3-13.
Played for the Rockford Rivets of the Northwoods League along with UK teammates Drew Grace and Kirk Liebert…Batted .250 in 68 at-bats (17 hits)…Led the Rivets with three home runs…Ranked second on the team in runs (18) and RBI (16)…Drew 13 walks as part of a .370 on-base percentage…Named NWL Player of the Night for July 13 after going 2-of-4 with three runs, four RBI, a walk a stolen base, a double and a three-run homer run…Clubbed a grand slam on July 6…Logged four multi-hit games and posted a .782 OPS.
Appeared in 12 games with 10 starts…Batted .324 in 34 at-bats with nine runs, a double, a home run and eight RBI…Drew five walks and stole a base…Posted an .841 OPS… Had first multi-RBI game on 3/4 vs. Murray State and first multi-hit game on 3/8 vs. Oakland…Hit first career home run on 2/25 vs. Tennessee Tech…Had first hit 2/22 vs. Appalachian State.
Two-sport star… Two-time 13th Region Player of the Year in Kentucky (2018 and 2019)…Three-time All-State selection in both baseball and football (2017-19)…In 2018, led Corbin (Ky.) High School to its first region title since 2005…Baseball America ranked him the No. 9 2019 MLB Draft prospect in Kentucky, which included college players…Ranked the No. 1 third baseman and No. 7 overall player in the state of Kentucky in Class of 2019 by Perfect Game…Coached by Cody Philpot…Football advanced to regional all four years.
Full name is Chase Alexander Estep…Hometown is Corbin, Ky. … Son of Chad and Anna…Has two younger siblings, Cady and Camden…Family has deep ties to UK baseball…Father, Chad, was an outfielder for the Cats in 1992-93…Uncle, Chris, shined from 1986-88 and led the team in home runs in 1988 with 13…Chris was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1988… Earned academic honors all four years of high school with a GPA of at least 3.85…Superstition: Drinks Pedialyte on game day…Favorite quote: “I’d walk through hell in a gasoline suit to play baseball.” (Pete Rose)