Ian Happ Scouting Report

Ian Happ Scouting Report

Once again in 2015 the Chicago Cubs took a college hitter as they hoped he will be as much of a success as Kris Bryant in 2013 and Kyle Schwarber in 2014 as they took this University of Cincinnati slugger with the ninth overall pick and signed him for $3 million. Previously undrafted out of high school he shined with the Bearcats while also being ranked as the top position prospect in the Cape Cod League to go from undrafted to a top ten selection

#Cubs prospect Ian Happ Scouting Report


Scouting Grades: Fastball: 60 | Curveball: 60 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 55 | Overall: 55

Position: 2B/OF Age: 21 DOB: 08/12/1994 Bats: S Throws: R Height: 6' 0" Weight: 205 lb. Drafted: 2015, 1st (9) - CHC

Like Bryant and Schwarber he is known for his offense as this switch-hitter can do it all the plate while possessing better than average speed. With a good quick swing from both sides of the plate he not only can flash power at times but can hit for a high average with a high on-base percentage to make him a middle of the order threat that can also bad near the top of the order.

During his first pro season he did see some time in the outfield and that's an option should he not be able to handle second base where he lacks fluid movements at times. His arm is plenty strong to play in the infield or outfield and they have worked with him during instructs to try and keep him in the infield where he has even more value to go along with his potentially big-time impact bat.

Prior to the 2015 draft, we had Happ rated as one of the top College draft prospects in the Nation and early pick  in the MLB Mock Draft.

Pre-Draft  Ian Happ Scouting Report

#Cubs Ian Happ ranks as the 3rd best 2B in the minors for 2016

School: Year: Junior
School-Cincinnati Bearcats
Height/Weight-6’0″/205 lbs
Previously Drafted: NEVER
Photo courtesy of USA Baseball.com

Pre-Draft Scouting Grades:

Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 55 | Overall: 55

An under-valued outfielder that delivers on a consistent basis. That’s a pretty good description of Ian Happ. Happ does a lot of things right, he draws walks, steals bases, plays solid defense and has a real good idea what he is doing at the plate. Cincinnati has never produced a first round draft pick and that will end this year.

Happ is a guy that can change the game offensively. You have heard about guys carrying teams, well he is a guy that can certainly do that. Playing on a Bearcat team that does not win often, he is the guy that changes a culture. His speed plays up and he routinely shows great pop mostly from the left-hand side. He’s played some infield but profiles as a left field. He shows good instincts in the outfield. Ian Happ was selected 9th overall in the 2015 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs. Chicago Cubs Ian Happ prospect ranking is #5 overall. Ian Happ signed his professional contract with the Cubs on 6/18/2015. Ian Happ received a signing bonus of 3.351 million dollars.

2015 Season (at Cinn) 51G/50GS – .369AVG -47R – 44RBI – 73H – 14HR – 49K – 49BB – 18/2B – .492OB%
2014 Season: 51G/50GS – .322AVG -32R – 27RBI – 55H – 5HR – 35K – 32BB – 13/2B – .443OB%

What Everyone Is Saying About Ian Happ?

We definitely feel there's strength there, and he's a guy who can run into 15 home runs plus and hit for a high average. We really feel he was one of the top if not the best college hitter in this year's Draft, - Cubs Jason Mcleod senior vice president of scouting and player development

Chicago Cubs

There isn't much that Happ can't do offensively. A switch-hitter, he exhibits a quick stroke and good balance from both sides of the plate, and he owns deceptive strength and solid speed. Happ should post high batting averages and on-base percentages, and he has the upside of a 20-20 player.


...switch-hitter with impressive strike zone judgment, power, speed, played second base in instructional league. Long-term position unclear but should be a strong secondary average hitter.


Chicago's 2015 first-round pick has delivered 31 RBI in 59 contests since making his professional debut on June 19. Five of those blasts have come with South Bend. Over that span, the 21-year-old has stolen 10 bases without getting caught. The Cubs' loaded farm system continues to be an embarrassment of riches


Cranked his first professional home run on 6/20/15, his second professional game against the Everett AquaSox, Seattle Mariners Affiliate.
Had a .400 or better average from the start of the season (2/13) to 4/4 – over a 29 game stretch.
Posted a nine game hitting streak from 3/7 to 3/19.
Collected a hit in all but six contests through the first 33 games of the season.
Delivered a five-for-five performance against Memphis on 4/12 which included a two-home run performance, his second multi-homer game of the season.
Was two-for-four with his sixth double and seventh home run of the season on 3/21
Posted his first multi-home run game of the season on 3/8 vs Niagara.
Was two-for-two with three runs scored, and four RBI during that game.
Knocked his fourth double of the season on 2/21 in game two of the double-header against Santa Clara.
Was four-for-five in game one of the doubleheader vs Santa Clara.
Clobbered his first home run of the season on 2/13 vs Miami (OH).
Nominated as the AAC Preseason Player of the Year and All-Conference Player
Was named to the Golden Spikes Mid-Season 50-Man Watch List.
Was selected to the first team all All-American Conference by the coaches.
Posted a team high .497 slugging percentage, .443 on-base percentage, 19 stolen bases and 32 walks
Knocked two hits with two RBI on 5/11 versus Memphis.
Delivered a home run in the Joe Nuxhall Classic Championship game over Miami (OH) on 4/9.
Posted a career-high three stolen bases on 4/8 against Wright State.
Cranked the walk-off home run on 4/1 vs Miami (OH).
Smashed his first home run of the year on 3/2 against Virginia Tech, ended the game with three RBI.
Had three hits, two runs and two RBI on 2/23 against Missouri.
Participated in the Cape Cod League during the summer of 2014.
Posted a .329 average with 4HR, 29RBI, 12 doubles and 8 stolen bases in 43 games.
Was named to the Cape Cod League All-Star game and went 0-2 with 2K’s

About Ian Happ:
Happ Officially Signs His Professional Contract adds Chicago Tribune
Happ an excellent pick by the Cubs writes Chicago Cubs Online
Happ is selected by the Cubs 9th overall in the MLB Draft writes the Chicago Sun Times
Ian Happ is on the Golden Spikes Award watch list by USABaseball.
Ian Happ is Awesome via Bearcat Blog.
Simple Approach, Ian Happ Gets it Done writes College Baseball Central.
Ian Happ Raises From Obscurity To Become A Great MLB Prospect via Fox Sports.
Happ Piles on the Accolades writes Bearcat  Sports Radio.
UC rarity: Baseball player Happ may be first-rounder via Cincinnati.com
UC’s Happ living up to the hype and then some writes Fox Sports Ohio
Happ Earns Louisville Slugger All-America Honor writes GoBearcats.com


The 2015 MLB Mock Draft - MLB Top Prospects.com - April 14, 2015

[…]  This is the Yankees earliest pick since 2005 so the have a good opportunity to grab a guy who does a ton of things right. Hit’s for power, average, draws walks and steals a few bases. This Cincinnati Bearcat is a good pick for the Yankees and a better all-around player than Aaron Judge was when drafted in 2013. Read the Full Ian Happ Scouting Report  […]

2015 MLB Draft Prospects - MLB Top Prospects.com - April 14, 2015

[…] An under-valued outfielder that delivers on a consistent basis. That’s a pretty good description of Ian Happ. Happ does a lot of things right, he draws walks, steals bases, plays solid defense and has a real good idea what he is doing at the plate…MORE (full bio) […]

2015 MLB Draft Tracker - MLB Top Prospects.com - June 8, 2015

[…] The Cubs grab another great hitting college player- hit’s for power, average, draws walks and steals a few bases. This Cincinnati Bearcat is a good pick for the Cubs. Happ is a switch-hitter for the Cinncinati Bearcats who hit .369 with 14HR. With former MLB’er Sean Casey mentoring him, he has developed nicely. Read the Full Ian Happ Scouting Report […]

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