Cubs prospect 2B/OF Ian Happ added to Carolina League All-Star Team, joining teammates RHP Trevor Clifton, RHP Zach Hedges and RHP Jake Stinnett
Ian Happ has been selected to represent the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the 2016 California-Carolina League All-Star Game in Lake Elsinore, Calif., the Carolina League announced Thursday. Happ will join RHP Trevor Clifton, RHP Zach Hedges and RHP Jake Stinnett, as well as pitching coach Anderson Tavarez and athletic trainer Toby Williams at Lake Elsinore’s The Diamond on Tuesday, June 21 for the 8:30pm CDT game.
Before rain cancelled the Pelicans game, Ian Happ was set to begin play Thursday hitting .274/.392/.422 for the season with a .813 OPS. In 64 games, Happ has 11 doubles, two triples and six home runs with 45 walks and 68 strikeouts in 223 at-bats. Happ dipped a little last month, as would be expected, and has gotten back on-track. Happ is 9-for-30 with nine walks and 10 strikeouts in his last 10 games. And in 14 games this month, Happ batted .273/.393/.386 with two doubles and a home run for a .779 OPS.
Happ has been a difficult out all season, and entered play Thursday tied for the Carolina League lead in walks (45) and he ranked fifth in on-base percentage (.392). The former ninth overall pick in 2015 leads the Pelicans in walks, on-base percentage, hits (61) and OPS (.813).
Happ was named the Carolina League Player of the Week for the week of April 18-24, hitting .429/.600/.905 with three home runs, eight RBI, seven runs scored and nine walks against four strikeouts in seven contests during the week. The former University of Cincinnati Bearcat also registered a 20-game on-base streak from May 13-June 6, tied for the sixth-longest of any player in the circuit this year.
The addition of Happ to the Carolina League All-Star team roster helps Myrtle Beach match the number of All-Stars they sent to last year’s contest. OF Mark Zagunis, INF Jeimer Candelario, RHP Duane Underwood Jr. and RHP Jonathan Martinez represented Myrtle Beach in 2015.
Cubs Prospects Mid-Season All-Stars
Midwest League – Low-A South Bend Cubs
- OF Eloy Jimenez
- OF Donnie Dewees
- INF Andrew Ely
- INF Jesse Hodges
- LHP Carson Sands
- RHP Adbert Alzolay
Carolina League – High-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans
- RHP Trevor Clifton
- RHP Zach Hedges
- RHP Jake Stinnett
- 2B/OF Ian Happ
Southern League – Double-A Tennessee Smokies
- RHP Paul Blackburn
- RHP Brad Markey
- RHP Juan Paniagua
- INF/OF Chesny Young
- C Victor Caratini
- 3B Jeimer Candelario
- C Mark Zagunis
- RHP Tyler Skulina
Eighteen of the top players in the Cubs’ organization over three levels of the Minor League system have been named All-Stars. And Willson Contreras, Albert Almora Jr. and Dan Vogelbach are leading their respective positions in voting for the Triple-A All-Star Game.
Jeimer Candelario (Triple-A), Mark Zagunis (Triple-A) and Jason Vosler (High-A) have been promoted since they were named All-Stars. With Contreras and Almora Jr. now in the big leagues, Dan Vogelbach and Spencer Patton could be the Iowa Cubs two representatives in the Triple-A All-Star Game.