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Cubs add to Promising Future

With the ninth selection in the MLB draft, the Chicago Cubs select outfielder Ian Happ, OF, from Cincinnati.  At 6 feet, 205 pounds, Happ is “one of the top, if not the best, college hitters in this year’s draft.” says Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development for the Cubs.  He also said that Happ will fit in along the lines of Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber.

1st round pick Ian Happ, OF, Cincinnati

Ian Happ is 20 years of age and is quickly becoming a star.  In his junior season with the Bearcats, Happ batted .369 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs, and 44 RBIs.  His .492 on-base percentage propelled him to earning Player of the Year for the American Athletic Conference.  Ian was also an All-American First Team. Ian Happ also becomes the first player from Cincinnati to go in the first round of the MLB draft.  “I’m very excited to add to the college bats that are coming through and hopefully be the next one to move through the system,” Happ said.

Ian Happ primarily plays the outfield but will be moved around the infield.  Happ has a great swing that adds to his phenomenal plate presence and is known to really drive balls deep into the gaps.  Happ is also a switch hitter but is said to have more power on the left side. He also has no problem hitting the ball to the opposite field.   Having not played infield since his freshman year of college, Happ will need to work on it but should not be a problem for this young and very talented kid.

Along with getting drafted at number nine, Happ’s assigned value is $3.351 million.  Happ is sure to earn his paycheck for he is patience at the plate hence only 49 strikeouts in 198 AB.  Happ also was an avid leader in many statistical areas during his junior season and will for sure be a definite impact in the Cubs minor league system.

The MLB draft consists of 40 rounds.  Cubs had a busy couple of days adding players for the future.  Besides Happ, the Cubs added some other notable players that should make a quick impact in the Cubs system

2nd round pick Donnie Dewees, OF, University of North Florida

A wrist injury kept Donnie Dewees out for much of the 2014 season but rebounded quickly.  Dewee was the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year ranking among the top sophomores across the country in just about every offensive stat category.  Dewees also became the schools highest player picked in the MLB draft since transitioning to Divison I back in 2005.

Donnie Dewees hit .422 with a slugging percentage at .749.  He finished the year with 18 HRs and led his team to a 45-16 record, the programs best.  Another great stat of Dewees is he only stuck out 16 times in 60 games.  His great patience at the plate led to 30 walks for the young slugger.

Dewees can play all over the outfield but center field may be a problem due to his lack or arm strength.  Dewees looks to be a great fit for the Cubs and may even play alongside Ian Happ down in Single A where I suspect they will start.

3rd round pick Bryan Hudson, LHP, Alton (IL.) High School


Just finishing his senior year of high school, Bryan Hudson was ranked as the 71st prospect by  Hudson is 6` 7“ with a big athletic frame.  Hudson had a fantastic high school career and looks to take his phenomenal pitching to the next level.  Hudson is said to be the best prospect out of Illinois since Mike Foltynewicz.

Hudson’s main go to pitches are his curve and fastball.  His curve-ball is steep and gets a lot of batters out in front.  His fastball tops out around 90 MPH and hopefully he will be able to replace the zero with a three or a four in the near future.  His 6` 7“ height is a huge boost to the velocity on his pitches.  Hudson will look to improve his location and improve on other pitches when he reports to the Cubs.










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