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Portrait of Ian Happ

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2018 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 23)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
483 .246 23 65 70 8 .264 1.4
Birth Date8-12-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age23 years, 6 months, 5 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2014
2015
2016
2.12017
1.42018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2017 CHN 22 115 413 364 62 92 17 3 24 187 39 129 4 4 2 68 8 4 .253 .328 .514 .284 25.2 -4.0 2.1
Career115413364629217324187391294426884.253.328.514.28425.2-4.02.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2015 SBN A 38 165 .277 .257 .316 .363 .255 .288 102 2.9 4.5 -1.2 0.4 -0.1 6.1 0.7 6.1 0.7
2015 EUG A- 29 130 .355 .246 .319 .352 .260 .347 92 12.9 3.6 0.2 -5.1 2.7 19.4 1.5 19.4 1.5
2016 MYR A+ 69 293 .320 .255 .328 .383 .261 .381 98 19 8.4 -1.4 -3.1 0.2 26.1 2.4 26.1 2.4
2016 TEN AA 65 274 .271 .247 .317 .365 .262 .310 98 3.1 7.4 -1 -2.0 0.4 9.8 0.9 9.8 0.9
2016 MSS Wnt 19 88 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 115 413 .284 .255 .325 .423 .267 .316 98 10.4 12.1 -0.4 -4.0 3.1 25.2 2.1 25.2 2.1
2017 IOW AAA 26 116 .342 .272 .337 .435 .270 .319 97 10.7 3.5 -0.3 2.6 -0.0 13.8 1.6 13.8 1.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 EUG A- 130 26 30 8 1 4 11 23 28 9 0 .283 .408 .491 .208 .355 19.4 -5.1 1.5
2015 SBN A 165 24 35 9 3 5 22 17 39 1 1 .241 .315 .448 .207 .277 6.1 0.4 0.7
2016 TEN AA 274 35 65 14 0 8 31 20 60 6 2 .262 .318 .415 .153 .271 9.8 -2.0 0.9
2016 MSS Wnt 88 12 17 4 1 2 8 15 22 0 0 .236 .375 .403 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 MYR A+ 293 37 71 16 3 7 42 48 69 10 3 .296 .410 .475 .179 .320 26.1 -3.1 2.4
2017 IOW AAA 116 21 31 6 0 9 25 11 27 2 1 .298 .362 .615 .317 .342 13.8 2.6 1.6
2017 CHN MLB 413 62 92 17 3 24 68 39 129 8 4 .253 .328 .514 .261 .284 25.2 -4.0 2.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2017 1598 0.4549 0.4856 0.6521 0.6740 0.3284 0.7408 0.5000 0.3479 0 0.000000
Career15980.45490.48560.65210.6740.32840.74080.50.347900

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 142 dExcel Sports1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/13/17.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2015 (1-9) (Cincinnati). $3M signing bonus ($3.351M slot).

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 536 80 132 26 3 28 86 56 144 10 4 .280 .361 .527 .297 35.6 CF -3, 2B 0 3.1
80o 518 75 122 24 3 26 80 52 142 9 4 .267 .345 .503 .286 28.8 CF -3, 2B 0 2.5
70o 505 71 116 23 2 25 76 49 141 9 4 .260 .336 .488 .277 24.2 CF -3, 2B 0 2.0
60o 493 68 111 22 2 24 73 47 140 8 4 .253 .329 .476 .270 20.4 CF -3, 2B 0 1.7
50o 483 65 106 21 2 23 70 45 138 8 3 .246 .321 .464 .264 16.9 CF -2, 2B 0 1.4
40o 473 62 101 20 2 22 67 43 137 8 3 .239 .312 .453 .257 13.6 CF -2, 2B 0 1.1
30o 461 59 96 19 2 21 63 41 136 7 3 .232 .304 .440 .250 10.2 CF -2, 2B 0 0.8
20o 448 56 90 18 2 19 60 38 134 7 3 .223 .293 .419 .241 6.5 CF -2, 2B 0 0.4
10o 430 51 82 16 2 18 55 35 131 6 3 .211 .279 .401 .230 1.5 CF -2, 2B 0 -0.1
Weighted Mean4856610621223704513983.245.320.463.26517.5CF -2, 2B 01.4

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201924529741142322678531549.244.326.468.2742.626.52.61.814.27.9-2.6
202025528751122222779551549.241.326.471.2752.626.72.61.614.28.3-2.6
202126513741132322678531488.250.332.486.2823.029.82.51.513.812.0-2.6
202227508721082222576521478.243.327.472.2762.626.12.41.313.68.7-2.5
202328504711072122574521457.242.325.468.2742.424.62.31.213.57.6-2.5
202429502721092122675521456.246.329.476.2782.626.32.21.113.59.6-2.5
202530503721072122575521455.244.328.474.2772.525.72.20.913.59.0-2.5
202631474671012022370491374.243.327.469.2752.223.02.00.812.77.5-2.4
20273245264961922267471313.242.326.466.2742.121.41.90.612.16.7-2.2

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 74)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 83 Oswaldo Arcia 2014 .270
2 79 Javier Baez 2016 .275
3 79 Evan Longoria 2009 .286
4 79 Anthony Rizzo 2013 .264
5 79 Travis Snider 2011 .215
6 79 Wil Myers 2014 .231
7 78 Andy Marte 2007 .193
8 78 Mike Zunino 2014 .241
9 77 Arismendy Alcantara 2015 .161
10 77 Michael Conforto 2016 .271
11 76 Jay Bruce 2010 .298
12 76 Jon Singleton 2015 .245
13 76 Alex Liddi 2012 .233
14 76 D.J. Peterson 2015 .000 DNP
15 75 Chris Davis 2009 .238
16 75 Jorge Soler 2015 .263
17 75 David Dahl 2017 .000 DNP
18 75 Corey Seager 2017 .307
19 75 Dilson Herrera 2017 .000 DNP
20 75 Christin Stewart 2017 .000 DNP
21 75 Ryan O'Hearn 2017 .000 DNP
22 75 J.D. Davis 2016 .000 DNP
23 75 Jerry Sands 2011 .268
24 74 Chris Carter 2010 .222
25 74 Paul DeJong 2017 .300
26 74 Nick Franklin 2014 .182
27 74 Matt Davidson 2014 .000 DNP
28 74 Domingo Santana 2016 .287
29 74 Paul Goldschmidt 2011 .289
30 74 Byron Buxton 2017 .247
31 74 Kyle Blanks 2010 .246
32 74 Greg Bird 2016 .000 DNP
33 74 Trevor Story 2016 .288
34 74 Brandon Wood 2008 .195
35 74 Dansby Swanson 2017 .237
36 74 Jesus Montero 2013 .227
37 74 Nellie Rodriguez 2017 .000 DNP
38 73 Brett Jackson 2012 .245
39 73 Melvin Upton 2008 .273
40 73 Harrison Bader 2017 .241
41 73 Adam Jones 2009 .261
42 73 Michael Choice 2013 .294
43 73 Rickie Weeks 2006 .278
44 73 Zach Borenstein 2014 .000 DNP
45 73 Chris Young 2007 .256
46 73 Colby Rasmus 2010 .316
47 73 Prince Fielder 2007 .318
48 73 Matt Skole 2013 .000 DNP
49 73 Kyle Schwarber 2016 .099
50 73 Marcell Ozuna 2014 .286
51 73 Dylan Cozens 2017 .000 DNP
52 73 Lewis Brinson 2017 .182
53 73 Derek Fisher 2017 .234
54 73 Jamie Romak 2009 .000 DNP
55 72 A.J. Reed 2016 .200
56 72 Jon Gaston 2010 .000 DNP
57 72 Wladimir Balentien 2008 .204
58 72 Brett Lawrie 2013 .263
59 72 David Wright 2006 .317
60 72 Alex Bregman 2017 .282
61 72 Joc Pederson 2015 .287
62 72 Chris Shaw 2017 .000 DNP
63 72 Maikel Franco 2016 .267
64 72 Ryan Lavarnway 2011 .275
65 72 Dylan Davis 2017 .000 DNP
66 72 Josh Bell 2010 .199
67 72 Bradley Zimmer 2016 .000 DNP
68 72 Kyle Parker 2013 .000 DNP
69 72 Rhys Hoskins 2016 .000 DNP
70 72 Brett Wallace 2010 .243
71 72 Matt Kemp 2008 .280
72 72 Mike Moustakas 2012 .252
73 71 Nick Castellanos 2015 .251
74 71 Howie Kendrick 2007 .269
75 71 Domonic Brown 2011 .284
76 71 Corey Dickerson 2012 .000 DNP
77 71 Cameron Maybin 2010 .252
78 71 Lastings Milledge 2008 .259
79 71 Joe Benson 2011 .225
80 71 Mac Williamson 2014 .000 DNP
81 71 Justin Huber 2006 .194
82 71 Bryce Brentz 2012 .000 DNP
83 70 Brett Phillips 2017 .293
84 70 Jordan Schafer 2010 .000 DNP
85 70 Justin Upton 2011 .316
86 70 Vinnie Catricala 2012 .000 DNP
87 70 Xavier Scruggs 2011 .000 DNP
88 70 Jesus Aguilar 2013 .000 DNP
89 70 Matt Olson 2017 .315
90 70 Dayan Viciedo 2012 .259
91 70 Mat Gamel 2009 .270
92 70 Addison Russell 2017 .254
93 70 Will Middlebrooks 2012 .279
94 70 Devin Mesoraco 2011 .210
95 69 Nick Williams 2017 .295
96 69 Joel Guzman 2008 .000 DNP
97 69 Nick Evans 2009 .210
98 69 Grady Sizemore 2006 .295
99 69 Lonnie Chisenhall 2012 .267
100 69 Marcus Semien 2014 .246

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 A Sean Casey protege, Happ was billed as a infielder/outfielder combo with a sweet swing from both sides of the plate and 20-homer power. Well, the bat has been there. About second base, though: His defense at the position has been less than convincing, but not outright terrible, and if he can’t play competently there the bat has a higher burden to bear as Happ advances up the system and onward to the majors.
2016 Happ was the no. 9 overall pick last year out of the the University of Cincinnati (Sandy Koufax's alma mater) on the basis of a reputation for polish rather than tools. Polish alone doesn't make you a single-digit pick, though, and polish alone won't give you an ISO over .200 in your pro debut. As a switch-hitter with an advanced approach and a focus by the Cubs on getting him time at all three outfield spots, Happ could move quickly. It's worth noting that moving quickly in Chicago may just be the fast track to getting stuck in Triple-A behind other good players, like drag racing from stoplight to stoplight in downtown traffic.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-07-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)I really like Ian Happ. Is he Ben Zobrist with more power? Is Contrearas slowly becoming a top 3 catcher in baseball?
(pocket pounder from plaza lanes)
I like Ian Happ, too, but I would not give a zobrist comp. If i am not mistaken, zobrist is known for his contact ability. Happ though makes solid contact, he also misses balls, too. Happ is more a hit first with a daniel murphy kind of glove. As for Contreras, give him 2-3 more seasons, he could be top 3, top 5 easy. (Javier Barragan)
2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Happ hitting for more power than he will for his career? and he isn't a .221 hitter is he?
(Dalton Leslie from EMC insurance )
Happ's been all power or nothing early in his career. 10 of his 25 hits with the Cubs have gone for homers. That's obviously not sustainable, but neither is his .221 batting average. He seems to take the ball to all fields pretty well, and while I think there's some power there, not at the rate he's hitting them currently. I think he winds up a guy with a little bit of pop but most of those homers will ultimately turn into doubles, and he settles into the .270 range in terms of batting average. (Collin Whitchurch)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jeimer Candelario off to a great start in AAA do you think the Cubs move him for pitching help this summer ?
(Jim from Chicago)
They moved Dan Vogelbach last summer, but I think that had more to do with him lacking a natural position and they liked the return in Montgomery. I don't think they're trading Ian Happ, but I was saying that about Gleyber Torres at this time a year ago... (George Bissell)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What comps do you have for these 2 guys. Ian Happ looks like a zobrist to me? Eloy jimenez... to me hes a poor mans Vlad Guerrero?
(Leslie, Dalton from 70th place Urbandale, IA)
Y'all are really taxing me with the prospects stuff. I wasn't kidding when I tweeted that I'm better at baseball history, personal finance, and wine.

Happ: The bat could develop, but what made/makes Zobrist so valuable is that he played MANY positions, and played them WELL. I don't know that Happ qualifies for either upper-case word at this point.

Jimenez: Yeah, he could be a fun hitter, though I don't know that he's got the bad-ball hitting reputation that Guerrero earned. The BP Annual lists a Nomar Mazara comp; that sounds about right. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Happ? How good can he be and where and when do you see him fitting in with the Cubs? thx.
(bob from pa)
Touched on him earlier. I think he'll be fine, but I'm not a prospects guy. The earlier question suggested he's a Zobrist play-all-over-the-place guy but I'm not sure he has the glove for it. Playing second and the corners will provide playing time, but speaking of Zobrist, there may not be room for him until Zobrist leaves. Again, though, I'm not a prospects guy. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Happ up for good this season?
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
He'll have to earn it if he is, that depth chart remains absurd. Early returns are obviously encouraging, so he's certainly doing his part.

Sorry for the slow jam so far tonight, the robots aren't cooperating right now (Wilson Karaman)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ian Happ?
(Erick from Seattle )
It's a weird profile and one that's tough to square for me. I'm not a believer in him at second base, and I think the shift to the outfield hurts the profile relatively significantly. Although he's all of a sudden slugging almost .600, which would obviously be fine even with some regression in a COF spot. I don't think that's the real Happ though, and my sense is that despite the impressive bat and approach, it's more of a middling profile than anything impact. That's still really useful overall, but not one that stands out to me. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of upside does Ian Happ have? Role 6?
(darren from Rochester )
I'm skeptical on account of the glove. My opinion is admittedly colored from seeing him a long time ago on the Cape, but everything I've heard from prospect team members and others since indicates the same questions are still kinda there. We put a 55/50 on him for our Cubs list, and that seems like it's probably about right if the bat has indeed developed.

One more banger before the 3/4 moon sets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOX_tFWOklE (Wilson Karaman)
2017-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)A Dozier trade for Baez specifically, or Happ to a lesser degree, would help boy teams, right? Baez could be moved to SS for the Twins and Polanco to 2B making the twins better defensively. While, Dozier would clearly be an affordable, and resifnanble, lineup improvement for the Cubs to try and repeat. Thoughts on a package that would make sense to help both teams?
(DJ from Mpls )
There is zero chance the Cubs would trade Javier Baez for what is essentially two seasons of Brian Dozier. They might not even make that trade for 2017 alone. Ian Happ is more realistic, although the Cubs would have no real need for Dozier with Baez at second base. I think Jose De Leon (from the Dodgers, at the time) was a perfectly reasonable offer. Dozier's pre-2016 performance is good rather than great, he's a free agent in two years, and he's either not an option or not a big asset anywhere other than second base. (Aaron Gleeman)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)So the Top 101 was made in early January. Any prospects you'd move up/down by 10+ spots today?
(Eddie from Orlando)
I said to Craig that there were seven rankings I hated shortly after submitting it. It's closer to a dozen now. The ones bothering me the most currently is I'd have Carson Kelly and AJ Puk higher and Ian Happ and Nick Williams lower. This might change in another two weeks of course. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Give me your thoughts on Ian Happ and Tyler Oneill it seems like there are some big variance on the top 100 lists so far with these two. I would think happ easily is a top 25 guy and Oneill easily top 50. BUt I also think in terms of fantasy baseball so defense and position dont matter to me.
(Brad from NJ)
I think both of these guys get dinged on some of these lists because of defense. O'Neill is interesting, but the high minor league strikeout rates scare me a lot. Happ is a lot safer, and as you mentioned, a lot better. The only issue with Happ is where he will play, and whether it will be on the North Side. (Mark Barry)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Happ be a difference-making player, or does his lack of true position force him into more of a league average player?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Man, I don't know what to do with Happ. I think he will hit, but even at second, the bat isn't crazy-attractive. He's relatively high floor, and in the right org to figure out how to deploy him, but I think something like 55/50 is about right. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these prospects for 5x5 keep forever dynasty?: Ian Happ, Ronald Guzman, Willie Calhoun, Ramiel Tapia, and Yusniel Diaz
(terps993 from Maryland)
Tapia, Happ, Calhoun, Diaz, Guzman. Note that I think I might like Diaz better'n Willie at their peaks, but Diaz's path is longer enough than it costs him the rankings edge. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Noted BP author says you are insanely off-base on your Ian Happ ranking, and that he belongs in the Dominic Smith tier of losers and never-will-bes (paraphrasing). Care to respond with a pot-stirring takedown of his worldview?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
This could not narrow it down any less. (But Happ can hit.) (Bret Sayre)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Happ end up being the second best prospect the Cubs trade for pitching depth? What's your view on a floor season for him?
(PunchoutPappy from First in Flight)
Ian Happ might end up being the second best prospect in the Cubs system after all the graduations and trades. His floor is probably an up-and-down reserve outfielder, but again, floors are low. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the better fantasy baseball prospect: Ian Happ or Willy Adames?
(John from TX)
Give me Adames, his glove is better and I'm not sold on Happ's bat as much as some. (James Fisher)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)If you updated your dynasty ranks today, would Ian Happ or Willson Contraras be higher?
(Sean from Los Angels)
It's really close, but I'd still go Happ. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the 5 best players in A ball not named Victor or Yoan (since he's called up anyways)?
(Rawnie from Boston)
Rafael Devers, Gleyber Torres, Ian Happ, Bobby Bradley, Cornelius Randolph (obligatory homer pick) (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Next BIG prospect nobody is talking about?
(Rob from Chicago)
Carson Fulmer, since his numbers this year stink? Ian Happ, since anything short of reaching the majors the year after being drafted is a disappointment for a college hitter drafted by the Cubs thanks to Kyle Schwarber? (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson - 12 team 5x5 root dynasty, 10 player minor league system... Ian Happ is currently a free agent. I have no one to drop, my bottom few guys are Lewis Brinson, Sean Manaea, Rafael Devers, and Byron Buxton. Would you suggest trying to move a couple of them together for someone to make room for Ian or no? I am very bullish on Manaea, I know he's the easy answer to move. What are your thoughts on my situation and Happ's ceiling? Thank you.
(TrickDaddy14 from Yompton)
I've liked watching Happ hit since the Cape a couple summers ago, and especially if he stays at 2B as the Cubs seem committed to trying, I really like him as a dynasty asset. I get that you like Manaea, but in a league that shallow I'd strongly prefer Happ. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a prospect that you are particularly high on but many/most of your colleagues are not?
(Adam from Michigan)
In the AL, it might be Carson Fulmer. I think he could be another White Sox college pitcher on the fast track to the majors as an impact starter like Sale or Rodon. Most of the other owners in my AL-only league were a little surprised when I took him on Saturday, though, with a few other bats still available.

In the NL, I'm not sure if this counts, but I was surprised to get Ian Happ in my NL-only league's minor league draft. 20 minor leaguers were kept and Happ still didn't go until the start of the third round. Most of my roto-playing friends and colleagues like him about the same as I do, or at least they say they do, but the way he fell on Sunday was weird. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will be in the majors by the start of 2017? (Bradley Zimmer, Andrew Benintendi, Francis Martes, Ramiel Tapia, Ian Happ, Jorge Mateo)
(Taylor from Brookings)
Tapia, Zimmer. Maybe Martes, depending on team need. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you lean towards David Dahl or Ian Happ in a Dynasty League?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I'd go with Happ just because of the possible health concerns with Dahl but both are good and it's a close call. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you go Cody Reed, Dillon Tate, or Ian Happ in a prospect draft? Trying to compete this season, if that changes things.
(Alex from Austin)
Happ. I don't think the this year component matters. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bret Sayre thinks that Ian Happ could be the best overall fantasy prospect in this past draft.. Do you take him over Brendan Rodgers?
(Ron from Texarkana)
If - IF - he can stick at SS that's a possibility, yeah. Bret's got Rodgers' name tattooed on his shoulder blade (it's really quality work, + shading, ++ script, solid-average heart around it), so I'm semi-surprised he went there. But they're both really good hitters. I'd still take Rodgers without a second thought. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Happ at 67 seems too low, is it because he is a recent draftee and hasnt had a lot of PA in minors?
(brad from NJ)
Right. There's a ton to like with Happ but most of the guys above him have established themselves to some degree, and there are questions about his ultimate defensive home. He's significantly more valuable at 2B with his bat than he is in a corner outfield spot. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me a quick scouting report on Ian Happ? What kind of player can he become and what are the chances? He made quite a good impression in his short stint in the minors last season. Offensive minded 2B with 15/15 potential?
(the biggest CHC fan from parent's basement)
A lot to like. Really strong approach at the plate, good swing from both sides of the plate, sneaky pop, above-average runner. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BEN ZOBRIST I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY THE GUY WHO MAKES THE MOST SENSE AND YES THE CAPS ARE INTENTIONAL BECAUSE IM TIRED OF THIS QUESTION. Anyway, yeah, Ian Happ is pretty good. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know you had noted Eddy Julio Martinez as the top international prospect a few months back - could you help me understand where he might stop up to say, recent Cubs pick Ian Happ or Billy McKinney?
(Chris from IL)
Potentially, he's better. The Andruw Jones comps aren't fair, but they aren't there for no reason. I think he could be a star. I don't think either of those two are stars, but if you asked me who was more likely to become a big leaguer, I'd go with both of those guys, and that's why they're better prospects -- for now. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)


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