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OT: Ian Happ
Interesting take on Ian Happ (former Bearcats' CF who the Cubs drafted in the 1st round in 2015):

Happ tore through spring training, hitting .383/.441/1.191 with 5 HR in 60 AB. Now he's at AAA Iowa and has hit .250/.333/.905 with 8 HR in 84 AB. He was activated today from the DL after sitting out for a week with a thumb injury.

Chicago Cubs: The Cubs aren’t so loaded that they don’t need Ian Happ

"It’s impossible to look at the Chicago Cubs as anything other than a factory for minor league talent. Over the past few years, they’ve given us players like Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, Kyle Schwarber and Javier Baez. You would think they would be out of talent in the minors, but that’s further from the truth. The next big star for the Cubs could be Ian Happ, which is why they CANNOT trade him....

After a spring that saw him slash a .383/.441/.750 with a 1.191 OPS, any other team would have considered a spot on the roster for him–except the Cubs. There was simply no room for him, at least as of yet. Part of what makes the Cubs and their system work is the versatility. It’s the reason that Dan Vogelbach was dealt last year for Mike Montgomery. Vogelbach showed he could only play first base and DH. Neither were going to help the Cubs out, so he was traded. But Happ isn’t limited like that.

In fact, before the thumb injury, the Cubs planned on getting him some time over at third base. That’s been put on hold for now, but the team will very likely revisit that when he returns. As of now, Happ can play second base and both corner outfield spots. He’s an average second baseman and an adequate left fielder. He’s struggled in right field (20 G, 8 GS, .865 Fld% with five errors) but hasn’t seen as much time there."
 
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I was sad the Reds couldn't take him, though Tyler Stephenson who was taken by the Reds shortly thereafter is shaping up to be a really good prospect behind the plate.

Hope Happ does well (hopefully not for the Cubs).
 
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May he get to the bigs and become an perennial all-star. On bad Cubs teams.
 
05-07-2017 08:28 PM
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Ian was on my nephew's travel team in middle school into High School. He's a great kid.
 
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Ian Happ was called up to the Big Leagues yesterday.

He went 1-for-3 with a home run! He also played today, and went 2-for-4 with a double.
 
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(05-14-2017 05:48 PM)Captain Bearcat Wrote:  Ian Happ was called up to the Big Leagues yesterday.

He went 1-for-3 with a home run! He also played today, and went 2-for-4 with a double.

If he can figure out the fielding side of things, he's going to have a good career. His swing is one of the smoother switch hitting strokes I've seen in awhile.
 
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Two words, Theo Epstein.
 
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Happ just hit his 10th homerun in 33 games.
 
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