The Chicago Cubs are enjoying their offseason, scattering across the globe as we head into the Holiday season. As for a handful of minor league players, things were just starting up.
As you all know, a few members of the Chicago Cubs minor league circuit reported to Arizona to participate in the Fall League. Over the weekend, the Mesa Solar Sox went on to winning the 2016 Arizona Fall League championship.
Solar Sox consist of the Chicago Cubs, Oakland Athletics, Toronto Blue Jays, Miami Marlins, and Cleveland Indians. Yes, the Cubs and Indians teamed up and won a championship. Despite the Cubs defeating the Indians in the World Series.
Also, before we move forward, the guy above is not Ian Happ. Happ, 22, is an outfield in the Cubs organization.
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Ian was drafted by the Cubs in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Just two years after National League MVP and World Series champion, Kris Bryant was drafted.
Both men will be teammates at the big league level soon enough. However, it may take Happ awhile before he is able to debut. Considering the amount of bodies that currently crowd the outfield section of the depth chart.
Showing Up Big
On Saturday, Happ, a switch-hitter, came through with two home runs in the win over the Surprise Saguaros. His first homer of the evening was a two-run homer in the third inning of play and a solo shot later on in the seventh.
Mesa went on to win by the final score of 6-1. Now, has started 91 games at second base, 26 out in left field, 38 in center, and 18 in right. Which pretty much makes him another Ben Zobrist with more experience in the outfield.
That will definitely come in handy when or if he’s called up to the Cubs. He could end up becoming a possible trade chip later on down the road but highly unlikely. Chicago already parted ways with Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres when they acquired Aroldis Chapman.
So knowing that the Cubs parted ways with both Torres and McKinney shows that no one, no matter how good, is safe. Either way, this young man is going to shine when it’s time for him to come up.
Man, that’s a lot of talent. Either way, congratulations to the Mesa Solar Sox.