Ian Happ
Ian Happ
24-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago Cubs
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $570,000 contract with the Cubs in March of 2018.
Out of lineup for regular-season finale
2BChicago Cubs
September 30, 2018
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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The Cubs will roll with Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist in the outfield as they look to capture the NL Central crown with a win and a Brewers loss. Heading into the postseason, Happ figures to remain a versatile option for Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who no doubt will mix and match his lineups based on optimal matchups.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+34%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+9%
OPS vs RHP
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .698 230 27 8 28 4 .239 .301 .397
Since 2016vs Right .839 645 91 31 84 12 .244 .356 .483
2018vs Left .608 117 17 3 12 4 .202 .291 .317
2018vs Right .816 345 39 12 32 4 .244 .374 .442
2017vs Left .789 113 10 5 16 0 .276 .313 .476
2017vs Right .863 300 52 19 52 8 .243 .334 .529
2016vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2016
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .790 434 62 22 61 9 .228 .336 .454
Since 2016Away .811 441 56 17 51 7 .256 .346 .465
2018Home .730 219 26 7 22 3 .224 .347 .383
2018Away .789 243 30 8 22 5 .240 .358 .431
2017Home .850 215 36 15 39 6 .232 .326 .524
2017Away .834 198 26 9 29 2 .274 .332 .503
2016Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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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.
BB/K
0.42
 
BB Rate
15.2%
 
K Rate
36.1%
 
BABIP
.362
 
ISO
.176
 
AVG
.233
 
OBP
.353
 
SLG
.408
 
OPS
.761
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
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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Blasts game-winning homer against Reds
2BChicago Cubs
September 15, 2018
Happ went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Reds.
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Takes seat Wednesday
2BChicago Cubs
September 12, 2018
Happ is out of the starting nine against the Brewers on Wednesday.
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Out of lineup Monday
2BChicago Cubs
September 10, 2018
Happ is not starting Monday against the Brewers.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
2BChicago Cubs
September 9, 2018
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Washington.
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Retreats to bench
2BChicago Cubs
September 6, 2018
Happ is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.
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