Ian Happ
Ian Happ
26-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Chicago Cubs
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Happ got off to a hot start in 2020 and never really looked back, as he put to rest any notion that he and Albert Almora would split time in center field. Happ ended up finishing with 12 homers, 27 runs, 28 RBI and an .866 OPS across 57 games. Encouragingly, the 26-year-old posted a career-best .361 on-base percentage and kept his strikeout rate below 30% for the second straight season. Happ spent a good chunk of his 2019 season in the minors working on making more consistent contact, and that decision looks brilliant in retrospect as Happ has been a different player since returning. Notable in 2020 was the fact that Happ virtually stopped playing the infield, making just two appearances at first base. He broke into the majors as more of a utility player but is now mainly an outfielder. Fantasy managers might like to see Happ earn eligibility at more positions and run a little bit, but they can't complain much about his recent production. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#162
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$Signed a one-year, $4.1 million contract with the Cubs in February of 2021.
Homers, scores three times Tuesday
OFChicago Cubs
August 3, 2021
Happ went 1-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and three runs scored in Tuesday's loss to the Rockies.
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Happ is still batting just .179 this season, though it's promising to see him walk and homer in the same game, while also managing to avoid any strikeouts. The 26-year-old is suddenly one of the more established players on the roster, as the Cubs moved stalwarts Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez before Friday's trade deadline. That means Happ should see plenty of playing time the rest of the way, and despite the sluggish start, he could be poised to deliver some better returns for fantasy managers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
17
3
5
8
5
10
4
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
2
3
2
4
1
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+12%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+21%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .663 166 16 4 12 1 .210 .307 .357
Since 2019vs Right .796 541 67 30 73 3 .228 .329 .467
2021vs Left .573 74 9 2 6 0 .169 .250 .323
2021vs Right .640 246 22 9 21 1 .182 .305 .335
2020vs Left .713 59 4 1 2 1 .250 .379 .333
2020vs Right .915 172 23 11 26 0 .260 .355 .560
2019vs Left .770 33 3 1 4 0 .233 .303 .467
2019vs Right .932 123 22 10 26 2 .273 .341 .591
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .790 331 36 18 41 3 .217 .331 .459
Since 2019Away .743 376 47 16 44 1 .230 .317 .426
2021Home .672 148 14 6 14 0 .180 .320 .352
2021Away .585 172 17 5 13 1 .178 .269 .316
2020Home .894 126 14 8 18 1 .243 .352 .542
2020Away .833 105 13 4 10 0 .275 .371 .462
2019Home .854 57 8 4 9 2 .250 .316 .538
2019Away .923 99 17 7 21 0 .273 .343 .580
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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
0.45
 
BB Rate
12.8%
 
K Rate
28.8%
 
BABIP
.222
 
ISO
.153
 
AVG
.179
 
OBP
.292
 
SLG
.332
 
OPS
.625
 
wOBA
.286
 
Exit Velocity
81.9 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.6%
 
Barrels/PA
6.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
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.
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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Reaches double figures in homers
OFChicago Cubs
July 29, 2021
Happ went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Thursday's loss to the Reds.
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Heads back to bench
OFChicago Cubs
July 28, 2021
Happ isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Reds.
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Remains on bench
OFChicago Cubs
July 26, 2021
Happ isn't in the lineup for Monday's game against the Reds.
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Out again Sunday
OFChicago Cubs
July 25, 2021
Happ is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.
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Riding pine Saturday
OFChicago Cubs
July 24, 2021
Happ isn't in the lineup Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
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