2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)

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If you haven’t checked it out yet, Dabynsky put together some thoughts about the 2015 MLB Draft.  We have some educated guesses, along with many of the other blogs out there, but for the most part we’re just along for the ride.  The Arizona Diamondbacks were the worst team last year, so they got to pick first.  The Chicago Cubs picked ninth.  You can track the picks here.  That way you can check out everyone the Cubs didn’t pick and bitch about it later.

Pretty much nobody was surprised by the first pick:

Three shortstops, 1, 2, 3!  See?  Everyone wants shortstops!  Imagine that.

The crosstown rival Chicago White Sox picked this guy:

Vandy is representing well in the Draft and in the College World Series so far!  Here’s the Cubs’ pick, finally:

If Keith Law likes him, I’m okay with it.  Keith Law is smart.  Ian Happ is an outfielder from Cincinnati.  More soon!

Scouting video:

Sounds dreamy.

Friend of the blog Dan Kirby was on the money:

Dan writes about Happ here:

Many believe Happ is the most advanced bat in the 2015 MLB draft, and if great track records are your thing, he is the guy. He hit .322/.451/.483 as a freshman and put up nearly identical numbers as a sophomore by hitting .322/.443/.497. He stepped up the offense even more this spring despite playing on a team that went 15-41. Over 56 games, he hit .369/.492/.672 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs and 49 walks to 49 strikeouts. The 6’-0”, 205 pound switch-hitter has excellent bat speed and can rake equally to all fields. He showed more power this spring and has a solid approach at the plate.

Based on what folks, including Cubs director of scouting Jason McLeod, are saying, the bat will play and they’ll figure out where to put him on the field later.

UPDATE 10:05 PM: There were tons of choices left on the board that would have worked at #47 overall for the Cubs, and they picked this guy:

Former Cub Ryan Dempster presented the pick since he’s now a special assistant to the GM.  Here’s some deets about Donnie Dewees…

It seems that folks thought that Dewees would go to the A’s, but it’s a surprising pick for the Cubs, who have gone pitcher-heavy in the second round since Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod took over.  Go ahead and read the reports in that A’s blog, very favorable and overall a very nice pick for the Cubs.  Cubs Twitter generally likes it, and so do I.

Andy and Dabynsky will likely have more as the draft continues this week.


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3 Replies to “2015 MLB Draft Coverage Day 1: Chicago Cubs Select OF/2B Ian Happ (RD 1, 9th overall); OF Donnie Dewees (RD 2, 47th overall)”

  1. I’ve read and heard there’s no future superstar in this draft. We all know no one can’t possibly know that, I guess there’s not an obvious Wunderkind. Who in this draft do you think has the best shot of eventually being a top performer in the majors?

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