Ian Happ
Ian Happ
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2020 Fantasy Outlook
In 2018, Happ led off the Cubs' season with a homer on the first pitch. Last year, Happ opened with Triple-A Iowa where he toiled until July 26. The Cubs wanted Happ to work on contact. At the time of his callup, Happ sat with a .242/.364/.432 overall line, though he had registered a 1.059 OPS with five home runs, 17 walks and only 19 strikeouts in his last 20 games. Happ played a lot the rest of the season, setting personal bests in average (.264) and slugging (.564). More importantly, he reduced his strikeout rate from 36% to 25%. A dip in exit velocity with an increase in launch angle helped fuel power but conspired to drop his BABIP to a career-low .286. After last season's improved contact rate, Happ should be in the mix for a roster spot, at minimum as a super-utilityman. In just 58 games last year, Happ played at least five contests at first base, second base, third base and all three outfield spots. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $603,500 contract with the Cubs in March of 2019.
Not in Wednesday's lineup
OFChicago Cubs
August 5, 2020
Happ isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
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Happ has seen pretty consistent playing time in center field this season since he's been swinging a hot bat, but he'll play a bench role after going 1-for-5 with four walks and one stolen base over the past three games. Nico Hoerner will shift to center field Wednesday with David Bote starting at second base and batting sixth.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
1
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+36%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .657 162 21 4 16 5 .215 .302 .354
Since 2018vs Right .866 500 66 25 64 6 .255 .368 .498
2020vs Left .817 12 1 0 0 1 .300 .417 .400
2020vs Right 1.110 32 5 3 6 0 .296 .406 .704
2019vs Left .770 33 3 1 4 0 .233 .303 .467
2019vs Right .932 123 22 10 26 2 .273 .341 .591
2018vs Left .608 117 17 3 12 4 .202 .291 .317
2018vs Right .816 345 39 12 32 4 .244 .374 .442
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+86%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .802 304 38 14 37 6 .240 .352 .450
Since 2018Away .823 358 49 15 43 5 .248 .352 .471
2020Home 1.247 28 4 3 6 1 .348 .464 .783
2020Away .670 16 2 0 0 0 .214 .313 .357
2019Home .854 57 8 4 9 2 .250 .316 .538
2019Away .923 99 17 7 21 0 .273 .343 .580
2018Home .730 219 26 7 22 3 .224 .347 .383
2018Away .789 243 30 8 22 5 .240 .358 .431
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Stat Review
How does Ian Happ compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.70
 
BB Rate
15.9%
 
K Rate
22.7%
 
BABIP
.333
 
ISO
.324
 
AVG
.297
 
OBP
.409
 
SLG
.622
 
OPS
1.031
 
wOBA
.441
 
Exit Velocity
86.8 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
44.4%
 
Barrels/PA
6.8%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Happ experienced a heavy dose of the sophomore slump last year as he failed to meet the expectations his bat established in 2017. His overall offensive production was still slightly above league average, but that is not how he was drafted. He was very helpful in OBP leagues as he jumped his walk rate nearly six percentage points to 15.2%, but his strikeout rate worsened (36.1%), which pulled down his batting average while his slugging percentage dropped over 100 points. The frustrating part with Happ was that he chased a lower percentage of pitches in 2018 than he did in 2017, but he struggled to make contact within the strike zone as pitchers kept him guessing on pitch type and location. He is much more effective against righties and the team has not hesitated to leave him on the bench against lefties, which cuts into his overall playing time. Happ lost his second-base eligibility, but gained third-base eligibility.
It is great when rookies come up and exceed expectations as Happ did in 2017, even if it was not in full-time duty. Happ was part of the outfield rotation as well as the second-base situation in Chicago as manager Joe Maddon likes to keep everyone involved. His rookie year saw him slug over .500, something only the likes of Kris Bryant and Billy Williams have done for the northsiders. With the great power came the great problems with contact as he struck out in nearly one-third of his plate appearances. The power comes nearly all from the left side (19 of his 24 homers game off righties), but he hits for a better average when put into the game to face lefties. Many rookies struggle at the big-league level when moved as quickly as Happ has been -- he had fewer than 400 plate appearances above A-ball. This kid is special and has more room for growth.
The ninth overall pick in 2015, Happ hit .296/.410/.475 in 69 games with High-A Myrtle Beach to begin the 2016 campaign, earning a promotion to Double-A Tennessee as a 21-year-old. Predictably, there were some growing pains as his walk rate fell by nine percent between levels, resulting in a nearly 100-point drop in OBP. Happ also saw a 60-point decline in SLG, but he made more consistent contact with Tennessee and the decline in numbers did little to dim his prospect star. This is a highly appealing skill set -- Happ is a switch-hitter with a quick bat, an advanced eye and more than a splash of both power and speed. The question has been; where will he play with Chicago? That was seemingly answered with a move to second base in 2016, although there's also a chance he never ends up calling Wrigley Field "home." Trade rumors have followed Happ and will for the foreseeable future.
The Cubs selected Happ with the ninth pick in the 2015 draft, and the former college star hit the ground running. Happ, who hit .369 with 14 home runs in 198 at-bats for the University of Cincinnati last year, finished his first professional year slashing an aggregate .259/.356/.466 with nine home runs and 10 stolen bases in 251 at-bats with short-season Eugene and Low-A South Bend. He started slowly in South Bend, but came on strong late in his run and finished with a strong walk rate with good power. With most of the strongest Cubs prospects getting promoted to the majors in the last couple of years, Happ may already be one of the best players in the Cubs' system. He's a good name to know for dynasty leagues, especially because he'll rise through the ranks quickly as a polished college bat.
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Returns to lineup
OFChicago Cubs
August 3, 2020
Happ is starting in center field and batting ninth in Monday's game against the Royals.
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Not starting Sunday
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August 2, 2020
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's game versus the Pirates.
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Produces two hits
OFChicago Cubs
August 1, 2020
Happ went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-3 win over the Pirates.
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Not starting Monday
OFChicago Cubs
July 27, 2020
Happ isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
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Homers again Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
July 26, 2020
Happ went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Brewers.
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