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The Cubs promoted 2015 first-round pick Ian Happ to Double-A, it was announced Thursday.
Happ was the latest in a string of college bats Theo Epstein took a chance on in the first round, following Kris Bryant (2013) and Kyle Schwarber (2014).
Happ won't be 22 until August and was raking at Advanced Class-A Myrtle Beach with a .296 average, .410 on-base percentage and .885 OPS. He also hit seven homers, 16 doubles and stole 10 bases while drawing 48 walks in 69 games.
He has been hot of late, earning the Carolina League Player of the Week award on Monday (his second of the season) after going 13-for-25 with six doubles, a tripe and a homer in seven games.
Happ has spent most of his time in the minors this season playing second base, but he also has some experience in left field and played all three outfield spots last season.
Sounds like the kind of guy that would be perfect for Joe Maddon, right?
When the White Sox traded for James Shields, Jerry Sands was the man who was designated for assignment. Sands cleared waivers and was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte.
Sands has played in five games with the Charlotte Knights since the designation. His best game came on Wednesday when he went 2-for-4 with two homers and four RBIs.
Michael Ynoa was promoted to the big leagues last week. The 24-year-old pitcher made his MLB debut on June 14 against the Detroit Tigers and pitched two scoreless innings with two strikeouts and two walks.
The White Sox also recalled 25-year-old pitcher Chris Beck after Zach Putnam was placed on the 15-day disabled list. Beck made his second major league appearance – and first this season – on Thursday against the Boston Red Sox. He came out of the bullpen and allowed one hit, one earned run, two walks and one strikeout.