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Birth Date8-12-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age25 years, 2 months, 11 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2017 CHN 22 115 413 92 17 3 24 39 129 4 8 4 .253 .328 .514 106 4.1 3.1 -4.0 1.5
2018 CHN 23 142 462 90 19 2 15 70 167 3 8 4 .233 .353 .408 88 -5.0 2.0 -10.5 -0.1
2019 CHN 24 58 156 37 7 1 11 15 39 0 2 0 .264 .333 .564 113 3.3 1.7 1.0 1.0

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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2015 SBN A MID 38 165 .257 .316 .363 .288 101 3.1 4.5 -1.2 111 0 0.4 -0.1 -0.5 0.3
2015 EUG A- NWL 29 130 .246 .319 .352 .347 93 12.5 3.6 0.2 191 0 -5.1 2.7 6.7 0.9
2016 MYR A+ CAR 69 293 .255 .328 .383 .381 101 17.2 8.4 -1.4 154 0 -3.1 0.2 7.5 1.2
2016 TEN AA SOU 65 274 .247 .317 .365 .310 100 2.5 7.4 -1 112 0 -1.9 0.4 -1.7 0.4
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 19 88 .000 .000 .000 .313 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHN MLB NL 115 413 .255 .325 .423 .316 98 10.8 12.1 -0.4 106 12 -4.0 3.1 4.1 1.5
2017 IOW AAA PCL 26 116 .272 .337 .435 .319 97 10.7 3.4 -0.3 139 0 2.6 0.0 6.0 1.2
2018 CHN MLB NL 142 462 .253 .321 .415 .362 99 9.3 13.0 -0.8 88 7 -10.5 2.0 -5.0 -0.1
2019 CHN MLB NL 58 156 .251 .321 .437 .286 96 7.8 4.7 -0.4 113 16 1.0 1.7 3.3 1.0
2019 IOW AAA PCL 99 429 .264 .343 .450 .307 93 13.7 14.8 0.4 99 0 -0.7 1.2 1.2 1.5

Statistics For All Levels

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2015 SBN A MID 165 145 24 35 9 3 5 65 22 17 39 1 1 .241 .315 .448 .207 3 0
2015 EUG A- NWL 130 106 26 30 8 1 4 52 11 23 28 9 0 .283 .408 .491 .208 1 0
2016 TEN AA SOU 274 248 35 65 14 0 8 103 31 20 60 6 2 .262 .318 .415 .153 4 0
2016 MYR A+ CAR 293 240 37 71 16 3 7 114 42 48 69 10 3 .296 .410 .475 .179 4 0
2016 MSS Wnt AFL 88 72 12 17 4 1 2 29 8 15 22 0 0 .236 .375 .403 .167 0 0
2017 IOW AAA PCL 116 104 21 31 6 0 9 64 25 11 27 2 1 .298 .362 .615 .317 1 0
2017 CHN MLB NL 413 364 62 92 17 3 24 187 68 39 129 8 4 .253 .328 .514 .261 4 2
2018 CHN MLB NL 462 387 56 90 19 2 15 158 44 70 167 8 4 .233 .353 .408 .176 2 0
2019 IOW AAA PCL 429 359 66 87 18 1 16 155 53 65 113 9 2 .242 .364 .432 .189 1 0
2019 CHN MLB NL 156 140 25 37 7 1 11 79 30 15 39 2 0 .264 .333 .564 .300 1 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 1609 0.4400 0.4922 0.6553 0.6794 0.3452 0.7380 0.5273 0.3447 0.0000
2018 1916 0.4645 0.4280 0.6195 0.6124 0.2680 0.6972 0.4655 0.3805 0.0000
2019 619 0.4669 0.5170 0.7094 0.7128 0.3455 0.7864 0.5702 0.2906 0.0000

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


Year Team Salary
2019 CHN $
2018 CHN $570,000
2017 CHN $
1 yrPrevious$570,000
1 yrTotal$570,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 142 dExcel Sports1 year/$603,500 (2019)

  • 1 year/$603,500 (2019). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.57M (2018). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 3/18.
  • 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).

2019 Preseason Forecast

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

90o 47 10 2 0 2 6 15 1 0 .250 .348 .450 120 2.6 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
80o 31 6 1 0 1 4 10 1 0 .222 .323 .370 114 1.5 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
70o 20 5 1 0 1 2 7 0 0 .294 .368 .529 109 0.8 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
60o 11 1 0 0 0 1 4 0 0 .111 .200 .111 106 0.4 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
50o 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 102 0.1 3B 0, 1B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean300000100.000.000.0001030.13B 0, 1B 00.0

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2019-08-16 12:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Happ was basically given up on by the fantasy community in spite of being just 25. He's a switch hitter with multi-position eligibility and a career WRC+ of 111. Were people just too scared off by strikeouts? And if so, why? It's 2019.
(Brian from Chi-Town)
I would guess it's because the Cubs have made it clear he doesn't have a real path to playing time at the moment. Whether he should or not is a separate debate and he has been starting more lately. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-06-05 21:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Happ dead to you...and the Cubs?
(Frank from Brooklyn )
Of course not, and honestly I'm not even overly concerned with his Triple-A performance this year either. If the Cubs call him back up, or he's traded to another org, I expect him to settle right back in as a .240/.330/.440 hitter. Someone will love him like I still love him. (Mr. President Bret Sayre)
2019-05-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me Ian Happ is coming back soon. I really can't watch many more Almora at bats.
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Buddy (I get to say that because it is your name), Ian Happ at-bats aren't much better. (Craig Goldstein)
2019-04-19 18:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Happ moving forward??
(Asimps28 from Rochester)
Given what he's doing in AAA so far, he does not seem to have learned much from his demotion. A lot of people focused on his power in a utility role, but he just has too much swing and miss and MLB pitchers will exploit that. He hit under .200 with just four homers in the second half last season and he is just brutal defensively. That's the opposite of what you want in a utility player you want to use on a regular basis. I would not drop him quite yet unless I absolutely needed the roster spot, but I would not hold out all that much longer either. (Scott Delp)
2019-03-18 16:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on these three players and their upside for this year: Franchy Cordero, Jeff McNeil and Ian Happ? thx
(bob from pa)
Cordero: I'm surprised the studios financed a sequel Keon Broxton. McNeil: love him as a utility bat, will have sneaky fantasy value, especially in AVG. Happ: I'm intrigued but will have to wait and see on the plate approach. Like Moncada, he takes too many strikes so should be more, not less, aggressive. (Jon Hegglund)
2018-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am kind of baffled about what to ask, but let's try this. What kind of a player do you see Ian Happ developing into and will the cubs trade him before the end of september for more pitching?
(Bill from Madison)
Second question first: There is no point in trading anybody of value after tomorrow because whomever you'd get would not be eligible for the postseason. And the big names who could still move, like McCutchen, are one-month rentals. So Happ isn't going anywhere. As a player, he turned only 24 a couple weeks ago, and he's a league-average hitter with positional versatility. He has value, particularly on a team like the Cubs, who like moving guys around. Upside is probably prime Zobrist. Solid, above-average player, maybe makes an All-Star team or two. (Rob Mains)
2018-02-28 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you expect from Ian Happ this year?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
25/10 in 500 PA. Slightly better in OBP leagues than AVG. If he got 650 PA, he'd be a 30/15 candidate. (Eddy Almaguer)
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: (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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