CHICAGO - 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): lefthander Ryan Kellogg (fifth round), righthander Dave Berg (sixth round), righthander Craig Brooks (seventh round), infielder Vimael Machin (10th round), infielder Blake Headley (20th round), righthander Jared Cheek (21st round), lefthander John Williamson (23rd round), catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni (25th round) and infielder Angelo Amendolare (27th round).
Happ, 20, this season batted .369 (73-for-198) with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBI for the Cincinnati Bearcats. 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 semi-finalist 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 six-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 second base, third base and shortstop.