Ian Happ, Jeimer Candelario make Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for June
Baseball America released its All-Prospect Team for June. And two of the top prospects from the Cubs system were recognized for the outstanding month they had down on the farm.
Ian Happ started the month with High-A Myrtle Beach, was promoted to Double-A Tennessee and was the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June. Happ had an outstanding month at the plate while showing steady improvement in the field.
Jeimer Candelario had a month he will not ever forget. Candelario began June with Double-A Tennessee. After a long, overdue promotion to Triple-A Iowa he tore up the Pacific Coast League. Candelario received The Call on July 3 less than a month after he was promoted from the Double-A to Triple-A level.
Baseball America’s All-Prospect Team for June: C Francisco Mejia (Indians), 1B Josh Bell (Pirates), 2B Ian Happ (Cubs), 3B Jeimer Candelario (Cubs), SS Amed Rosario (Mets), OF Aaron Judge (Yankees), OF Austin Meadows (Pirates), OF Daniel Palka (Twins), RHP Phil Bickford (Giants), RHP Felix Jorge (Twins), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (Nationals), RHP Francis Martes (Astros), RHP Luke Weaver (Cardinals)
Ian Happ hit a combined .422/.500/.699 in 83 at-bats between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee last month with nine doubles, a triple and four home runs. Happ had more walks (16) than strikeouts (15). The switch-hitting Happ’s .422 batting average was tops in minor league baseball.
For the season, Happ has hit .319/.421/.507 with 20 doubles, three triples and nine home runs for a .928 OPS. Happ has 52 walks, 74 strikeouts, 50 RBI and 44 runs scored after 81 games between High-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee. In 12 games with the Smokies, Happ is 19-for-49 with four doubles and two home runs (.452/.490/.690) for a 1.180 OPS.
Jeimer Candelario reached base at a 40-percent clip during June in a combined 94 at-bats between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa. Candelario batted .277/.400/.543 with seven doubles, three triples and four RBI. Candelario had 17 walks, 25 strikeouts and more than half of his 26 hits went for extra bases (14).
Before he was called up to The Show, Candelario was hitting.333/.452/.600 with seven doubles, two triples and three home runs for a 1.052 OPS in 25 games with the I-Cubs.
In 81 combined games between Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa, Candelario hit .249/.359/.428 with 24 doubles, three triples and seven home runs for .787 OPS.