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Checking in on Former Bearcat Ian Happ

1:47 PM, May 18, 2016
Article by Jacob Geiser

Last year, Ian Happ was one of the best players in college baseball. He was UC's best player on the diamond and had MLB scouts drooling over his talent. This year he is moving up in the Cubs Organization. Ian Happ was drafted last year by the Chicago Cubs with the 9th pick. It was a shame because he was a two picks away from possibly getting drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

He played some minor league ball last season shortly after getting drafted. The switch hitting Happ got off to a hot start for the Emeralds; batting .283 and drove in 11 runs while hitting 4 bombs. Happ then was moved up to Single A playing for the South Bend Cubs. Happ improved on an already solid start to his minor league career. He had 5 HR's, 22 RBI's, 9 Doubles and added 3 triples. His BA took a bit of a dive only batting .241 for the Cubs single A team. He did play more games for South Bend which could contribute to the slide.

After the season ended he attended spring training. He didn't make the cut, but he was optioned up to Advanced Single A ball. He currently plays for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Happ has bounced back from the setback he had while playing for South Bend. He has 37 hits, 9 of those are doubles. He has hit 4 HR's while playing for the Pelicans. His 22 RBI's are second best on the team. His .274 BA is also second best on the team this season. Happ is proving himself to be one of the bright young players in a rising organization.

Happ's play for the Cubs minor league teams has helped give him high praise. According to, Happ is the #3 rated prospect in the organization. The 21 year old infielder is slowly rising within the organization. It wouldn't surprise me to see Happ in a Cubs uniform in the next few years. As Bearcat fan, I'm a huge fan of Ian Happ. I'm glad he is having success with the Cubs organization. Happ was a stud at UC and I don't expect him to change his ways for the Cubs either. If Happ would be optioned up; he would head to the Tennessee Smokies. The Smokies are the Cubs AA (Double A) team. With Happ playing the way he is, It wouldn't surprise me either.