Cubs sign top pick Ian Happ

Ian-Happ(Photo courtesy University of Cincinnati)

The Chicago Cubs today announced they have signed outfielder Ian Happ, the club’s first-round pick (ninth overall) of the 2015 Draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Overall, the Cubs have signed 10 selections (including Happ): left-hander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), right-hander Dave Berg (sixth round), right-hander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), right-hander Jared Cheek (21st round), left-hander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).

Happ, 20, batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Cincinnati Bearcats this season. He walked 49 times to contribute to a .492 on-base percentage, and his .672 slugging mark gave him a 1.164 OPS. Happ led the American Athletic Conference (AAC) in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, and tied for the lead in walks. He also led his team in runs, hits, doubles, homers and RBI.

Named a semifinalist for the 2015 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, the switch-hitting Happ was recognized as the 2015 AAC Player of the Year, named First-Team Academic All-American, Second-Team Louisville Slugger All-American and was a unanimous First-Team All-Conference member as voted on by the league’s head coaches. He was listed as one of the top three pure college hitters in this year’s draft by Baseball America.

The 6-foot, 205-pound Happ batted .338 (194-for-574) with 120 runs, 44 doubles, two triples, 25 home runs and 107 RBI in three seasons at Cincinnati. He drew more walks (128) than strikeouts (116), contributing to a .463 on-base percentage, and, along with his .552 slugging mark, has recorded a 1.015 OPS through his junior season. Happ has seen time in both right field and center field, as well as at second base, third base and shortstop.

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