Red-hot Happ earns weekly award from Carolina League

pel-5swingMyrtle Beach Pelicans infielder Ian Happ has been named the Carolina League’s Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of April 18-24, the league office announced Monday. The award is Happ’s first weekly recognition at the Minor League level and the first for a Pelican this season.

The 22-year-old Pittsburgh native began the week by blasting two home runs in a 4-for-5, four-RBI game Monday at Winston-Salem – the first of six games during the week in which Happ reached base multiple times. He wound up hitting .429/.600/.905 with three home runs, eight RBIs, seven runs scored and nine walks against four strikeouts in seven contests during the week.

Rated by MLB.com as 73rd-best prospect in baseball, with Baseball America placing him 87th, Happ started the season 0-for-8 with four strikeouts and three errors in the campaign’s first two games. However, since then, he is batting .357/.486/.625 with four doubles, a triple, three homers, 15 RBIs and 14 walks against 14 strikeouts in 16 games. He has made just two errors during that span.

That surge has propelled Happ into third in the Carolina League in walks (15), in a tie for third in RBIs (15), fourth in on-base percentage (.450), fifth in slugging percentage (.547) and 10th in batting average (.313).

After Monday’s off day, the Pelicans head to Potomac to begin a three-game series with the Nationals. Myrtle Beach returns home for a three-game series with Salem from Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

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