Cubs Happ ranked one of MLB’s top second base prospects
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The Cubs have demonstrated a unique ability to find young hitting talent, even if it doesn’t come from one of the top few picks in the amateur draft. On Tuesday, MLB.com unveiled its top 10 second base prospects, and recent first-round pick Ian Happ came in at No. 3 on the list. Here’s some of what MLB Pipeline had to say about the 2015 draftee:
There isn’t much that Happ can’t do offensively. A switch-hitter, he exhibits a quick stroke and good balance from both sides of the plate, and he owns deceptive strength and solid speed. Happ should post high batting averages and on-base percentages, and he has the upside of a 20-20 player.
Undrafted out of high school, Happ played all over the diamond in his three seasons at the University of Cincinnati. The ninth-overall selection in the 2015 draft played exclusively in the outfield during his time in Short-Season Eugene and Low-A South Bend, but the Cubs front office worked him primarily at second base this offseason, a position at which he feels most comfortable, according to his draft day press conference. Regardless of where he plays in the field, the 21-year-old provides a lot offensively. Though he only hit .259 in his first pro stint, he managed an .822 OPS with nine homers and 17 doubles to go along with 40 walks in 295 plate appearances.