University of Cincinnati junior Ian Happ was selected as a Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) and also selected First Team All-Midwest Region by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Since he was selected to the first team of the All-Midwest Region team he is eligible to make the ABCA's All-American team which will make its final roster this Saturday, June 13.
In this past season for the UC Bearcats, Happ batted .369 with 18 doubles, 14 home runs, 44 RBIs and 12 stolen bases. Those impressive numbers earned him American Athletic Conference player of the year honors. It was projected that Happ would be a top-20 pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft, but he was selected in the top-10 when the Chicago Cubs picked him ninth.
"We really feel he was one of the top, if not the best, college hitter in this year's draft,” Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, told the Chicago Tribune.
The Cubs not only changed Happ's life but they also made UC history as well. By selecting Happ 9th overall, Chicago made him the highest drafted player in the history of UC's baseball program.