by Jonathan Joffe
Cubs prospect Ian Happ has been finding success in the minor leagues as of late.
The team's 2015 first-round pick was named the organization's Player of the Month for June after batting .422 and knocking in 21 RBIs to go along with four home runs.
While he was drafted as an outfielder, Happ has made the transition to the infield and second base this season with the anticipation that he will be able to help the Cubs down the line if he is more versatile. Improving defensively has been a primary focus for him.
"For me, I'm just trying to get as good as I can defensively at second base, being my first full year playing there," Happ said in an interview with Smokies broadcaster Mick Gillispie. "Besides that, offensively, just trying to be as consistent as I can be from both sides of the plate."
Despite making steady improvements both offensively and defensively, Happ is not looking too far ahead to a time where he might get a call to to join the Cubs.
"I try not to think about that," Happ said. "(I try to) stay in the present, and I'm just focused on helping the Smokies win as many ballgames as we can."
Happ, who entered college as an infielder, has so far enjoyed his so-called "return to the dirt."
The entire interview with Happ and Gillispie can be watched in the video above.