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Ian Happ

#8 | LF/CF/DH
Chicago Cubs Chicago Cubs
Ian Happ
Name: Ian Edward Happ
Born: Aug 12, 1994 in Pittsburgh, PA
College: Cincinnati
Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 205 lbs
Bats: B / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (9th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in 2015 (signed for $3,000,000)
From the day he stepped on campus, Happ has been the best hitter in the Bearcats' lineup and he's been one of the best players in the Cape Cod League each of the past two summers. But this year, Happ has had to carry the Bearcats lineup'there have been days when he's the only player in the lineup who isn't a freshman. Happ has played right field and center field primarily this season, but he's played second base on occasion, played third base in the past and has even played shortstop briefly. His eventual landing spot defensively will cause a lot of debate in draft meetings. Teams that believe that Happ can develop as an offensive second baseman will likely value him higher than teams who are convinced he'll stay in the outfield. At second base, Happ is not particularly fluid, and he'd need to put in the work as a pro to stick in the dirt. As an outfielder, Happ likely will end up in left field because of his fringe-average arm. Most scouts believe he lacks the range to handle center field as a pro. At the plate, Happ has fewer questions. A switch-hitter, he shows excellent bat speed from both batters' boxes. He projects as a plus hitter with average power, and he's an above-average runner, though he needs refinement on the bases.
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