Happ earns Cubs Minor League Player of the Month

Second baseman caps honor-filled June with promotion, first monthly award

By Scott Kornberg / Myrtle Beach Pelicans | July 4, 2016 10:46 AM ET

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (July 4, 2016) - Former Myrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Ian Happ has been named the Chicago Cubs' Minor League Player of the Month for June, the organization announced Monday. Happ is the second Pelican to take home a monthly award in 2016.

Happ hit .361/.461/.607 with seven doubles, one triples, two home runs and 15 RBIs in 19 games with Myrtle Beach in June. He was the lone position player to represent the Pelicans in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game on June 21 in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Ranked as the No. 3 prospect in the Cubs' organization and No. 66 in baseball by MLB.com, Happ was named the Carolina League's Player of the Week for June 13-19, going 13-for-25 in seven games during the week, batting .520/.571/.960 with six doubles, a triple, homer and six RBIs. He recorded five multi-hit performances, including four in a row to close the week.

The Pittsburgh native was promoted to Double-A Tennessee on June 23. He reached base in 14 of his last 16 games with the Pelicans, slashing .385/.500/.673 with seven doubles, one triple, two home runs, 11 RBIs and 12 walks during that span. Happ batted .296/.410/.475 with 16 doubles, three triples, seven dingers and 42 RBIs with Myrtle Beach this season. He swiped 10 bases in 13 attempts, and also won Carolina League Player of the Week for April 18-24

Chicago's first-round pick, ninth overall, out of Cincinnati in 2015, is batting .441/.462/.676 in his first 10 games with the Smokies, smashing two doubles and two home runs while knocking in eight runs. He has also stolen two bases in as many attempts.

Happ joins Pelicans right-hander Trevor Clifton in taking home a Cubs' monthly honor in 2016. Clifton earned Chicago's Minor League Pitcher of the Month award for May.

Myrtle Beach begins an eight-game road trip Monday by playing their first of four contests with a 7 p.m. first pitch at Winston-Salem.

The 2016 season is the 18th season for the Pelicans franchise and second as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. For information on tickets to see the Pelicans in 2016, please call (843) 918-6000, e-mail info@myrtlebeachpelicans.com, or visit www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

ABOUT THE PELICANS: The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and play their home games at TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The park has ranked in the top eight in all of Minor League Baseball by Stadium Journey in each of the last five seasons. The same publication also placed the Pelicans in the Top 100 Stadium Experiences in all of sports in each of the last five years and the best in the Carolina League for five straight seasons as well. In May 2015, TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark won the 2015 TripAdvisor.com Certificate of Excellence award. The Pelicans are the defending Mills Cup Champions, winning the title in 2015 as well as 2000 and co-Mills Cup championship honors in the inaugural 1999 season. The Pelicans have made nine postseason appearances behind 11 half-season Southern Division championships, including the first half of the 2015 season, as well as five Southern Division titles, most recently in 2015. For more information on the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, please contact the Pelicans at (843) 918-6000 or emailing Info@MyrtleBeachPelicans.com.

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