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It’s Happ-enning

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The 2017 Chicago Cubs are off to a leisurely start.  Currently, they find themselves in third place and 2 games back of the Milwaukee Brewers with 22-20 record. Last year, the Cubs went fast out of the gates and rarely slowed down. Through this same point (42 games), the Cubs were 29-13. Early this month, Chicago called up 2015 1st round, Ian Happ.

The Road to the Show

Ian spent all of 2015 and 2016 working honing his skill set to the next level and preparing it for the league. During the 2015 season, Happ split time between the Eugene Emeralds and the South Bend Cubs. He hit .259/.356/.466 with 17 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs and 33 runs batted in over 67 games. The next season, he hit .279/.365/.445 with 33 doubles, 3 triples, and 15 home runs and 73 runs batted in over 134 games between the Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Tennesse Smokies.

The Cubs invited Happ to spring training to compete against major players and see what he has to offer. He did not let them down. Happ hit .383/.441/.750 with 7 doubles, 5 home runs, 9 runs and 21 runs driven in over 29 games. Despite his stellar spring training output, Cubs sent him to the minors.

The Iowa Cubs were happy to have Happ. Ian did not pout and accepted his new role with the team. In twenty-six games, He hit .298/.362/.615 with 6 doubles, 9 home runs, 21 runs while driving in 25 total runs. During his time in the minors, Happ was sent to the 7-day DL with a bruised left thumb on May 2nd. On May 7th, he was called up. Coming off the DL, Happ hit .500 while hitting 2 doubles, a home run, scoring 5 runs, and driving in 8 runs.

The Chicago Cubs just lost back-to-back series against the New York Yankees and Colorado Rockies then following that up by barely coming out with a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. Something had to be done.


On May 13, the Chicago Cubs selected the contract of 2B Ian Happ from the Iowa Cubs.

In his debut, he went 1-3 with his first career home run and 2 runs batted in.

A few nights later, Joe Maddon penciled in Happ to bat cleanup in his Wrigley Field. He joined a long list of Chicago Cubs to hit a home run in their first home game as a Cub. That night he went 1-3 with a home run and 2 walks while driving in two and scoring twice.

Through 7 games, Ian has hit .346/.452/.731 totaling 19 total bases, 7 runs, and 5 RBIs. His 5 walks and 19 total bases are the most ever for a Cubs player through seven games.

With an already crowded outfield and Heyward back from the DL, it will be interesting to see how Maddon constructs his lineup especially if Happ is playing well.

Ian Happ has spoken highly of the city and the team he plays for.

“I love this team and this city, especially when the weather is nice,” Happ said.

June is right around the corner and baseball will be flying out which will only benefit Ian. The Cubs will look to use Happ’s energy to get the Cubs to bounce back from their sluggish start.