Tha Sports Junkies 101

Ian Happ Powers His Way into Spring Training

Ian Happ Powers quiggyt4/ via


Ian Happ Powers His Way into Spring Training

After a power surge last year, Ian Happ powers his way into Spring Training this year, hitting 4 home runs and driving in 7. Happ has definitely shown growth since last season and I have a feeling it’s going to pay off big time. Drafted in the 1st round of the 2015 draft by the Chicago Cubs, Happ seemed like the type of guy who is patient well beyond his age.  He is always willing to take what the other team gives him. He’s not the type of hitter that tries to swing for the fence. Which, in my opinion, helps him hit more home runs, because he’s simply not trying to hit home runs.

Ian Happ 2017

In 2017 the 23 year old outfielder from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania finally got a taste of the big leagues. Making his debut against the ST. Louis Cardinals, Happ, in his first at bat, hit a monster home run.  From there on out it was home run central for Ian Happ. Playing in 115 games with 364 at bats, Happ made the most of his opportunities. He hit .253/.328/.514 with 24 HR, 68 RBIs and 92 H.  Those kind of numbers will keep you on a Major League club. As with every young player in the MLB there are things he needs to work on.  Nothing major, but he needs to cut down on the strike outs and try taking a few more walks.

Ian Happ 2018

My favorite thing as a writer is guessing how well a player or team will do throughout the course of the season. For Ian Happ, I see a steady growth of home runs this year. Last season he hit 24 in 364 at bats. Add another 150+ at bats and Happ could hit anywhere from 30-35 HRs. The thing I’m most interested in is seeing how much has he grown and how well he picks up on the small things that make a player great. However, I don’t think Happ will have a high batting average. After hitting just .253 last season, I see it being around the same, if not 10 to 15 points higher than last year. It’s hard to gauge how young players will perform or how fast they mature, if they even mature at all. Although, with Happ, it seems like he already has the mentality of a veteran.  I can’t wait to see how he performs as a Cub throughout the entirety of his career.

If you liked the post on this page, you can donate to support a continuous effort from our creative writers. Your small donation will make a difference, you can learn more about the writer below.


My name is Jason Lambertino, I have been a fan of Baseball my entire life. And working with anything Baseball related is my ultimate goa. I hope you enjoy my work and I look forward to feedback in the future.


Buy Me a Coffee