#Cubs officially sign 1st round pick Ian Happ
The Cubs announced they have signed first-round Draft pick outfielder Ian Happ. Happ, 20, this season batted .369 with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 44 RBIs 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. The outfielder 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.
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 Cubs now 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).