Friday, February 13, 2015

Looking at the 2015 Draft: 16th Best Prospect

Continuing our look at the 2015 MLB First Year Players Draft we take a look at the #16 ranked prospect expected to enter the draft. As always we will include the mini scouting report from as we introduce the #16 prospect, Ian Happ. Happ is an outfielder and a Junior at Cincinnati University. 

Here is the write up from

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

An unheralded recruit from a Pittsburgh-area high school, Happ almost certainly will become the highest-drafted player in Cincinnati history. The Bearcats never have had a player taken in the top two rounds, not even when big leaguers Kevin Youkilis, Josh Harrison and Tony Campana came through the program in the 2000s.

Happ ranked as the top position prospect in the prestigious Cape Cod League in each of his two summers in college. A switch-hitter who's better from the left side of the plate, he has good balance and controls the strike zone well. Add in some deceptive strength, and he should hit for average and power.

Happ played mostly second base in 2013 and does have solid speed and arm strength, so a pro team could try him in the infield. But he lacks smooth infield actions and played mostly outfield during his sophomore spring and summer, and he may fit best in left field.

16. Ian Happ
17. Phil Bickford
18. Mike Nikorak
19. Kyle Cody
20. Cody Ponce
21. Riley Ferrell 
22. Chris Betts
23. James Kaprielian
24. Jake Lemoine
25. Beau Burrows
26. Richie Martin
27. Kyle Tucker
28. D.J. Stewart

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