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July 4, 2020 11:04 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Potential DH option
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ could see time at DH this year in addition to working in the outfield, Jordan Bastian of reports.

Kyle Schwarber seems like the team's most logical candidate for the role, but first-year manager David Ross said he plans on rotating players through the position. Happ will likely be one of those players, giving the Cubs the ability to keep his powerful bat in the lineup while keeping Albert Almora's glove in center. Happ appeared in 58 games at the major-league level last season, slashing .264/.333/.564 and popping 11 home runs.

April 22, 2020 08:28 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Could work in outfield rotation
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ could work in a rotation with fellow outfielders Albert Almora and Steven Souza, and all three would likely benefit if MLB adopts a universal DH for the 2020 season, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Happ and Almora were battling for the primary role in center field before the coronavirus pandemic abruptly stopped play, and that competition will likely continue into the regular season, whenever it is able to begin. The league has been mulling some ways to condense the schedule with games being held in just a few sites, and a universal DH idea has popped up as well. This would bode well for Happ and his powerful bat. He also has the advantage of being able to play some infield, while Almora and Souza are likely just outfield or DH options at this point.

March 10, 2020 10:28 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Stays hot Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and three RBI in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Giants.

Happ has been great this spring, as he's now sporting a 1.315 OPS in Cactus League play. The 25-year-old has also hit leadoff some, and while Kris Bryant will serve as the primary leadoff man this year, it appears Happ could get some run there whenever Bryant sits. If Happ performs anything like this, he should be able to post some eye-popping stats when he bats first.

March 2, 2020 09:12 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Hits first spring home run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 1-for-2 with a solo home run in Monday's Cactus League game against the Angels.

Happ's third inning blast was his first of the spring, and he's now batting .385 with a 1.050 OPS through five Cactus League games. Unfortunately for Happ, Albert Almora has been equally as locked in (1.810 OPS, two home runs in five games) this spring, and the two could once again split time in center field this year, which would cap their respective fantasy values.

February 27, 2020 03:32 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Hitting leadoff early in spring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is leading off and playing center field in his third spring training start Thursday against the Rangers.

The 25-year old is 2-for-6 at the plate with three RBI in two games heading into his fourth season major-league season. The Cubs' new manager David Ross has already confirmed that Kris Bryant will serve as the leadoff man, but Happ seems to occupy the leadoff spot whenever Bryant is out of the lineup. The switch hitting outfielder is expected to begin the year in a platoon role alongside Albert Almora Jr. Happ is expected to open the season hitting in the nine spot against right-handed pitching and will have plenty of opportunities to score runs when he can get on-base ahead of the big bats that headline Chicago's lineup.

September 28, 2019 11:40 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Homers twice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI in a win over the Cardinals on Saturday.

Happ spent the majority of 2019 at Triple-A Iowa and was not impressive at that level, posting a below-average batting line over 99 games. He's regained some of the lost shine since his late-July recall, hitting .268/.333/.572 with 11 homers in 57 games with the big-league club. That said, there's a lot of uncertainty facing the Cubs this offseason and Happ isn't assured of anything in 2020.

September 28, 2019 12:32 AM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Cranks ninth homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 3-for-5 with a solo home run, an RBI double and two runs scored in Friday's 8-2 win over the Cardinals.

Happ tied the game with a solo shot off Giovanny Gallegos in the sixth inning. Happ then doubled to plate Ben Zobrist before coming around himself on a Nico Hoerner single. The big night gives the 25-year-old a six-game hitting streak, during which he's swatted three homers and rallied eight RBI. He's up to a .256/.324/.526 line with 26 RBI and 23 runs scored in 133 at-bats this season.

September 25, 2019 11:16 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Goes deep Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo home run and two RBI in Wednesday's 4-2 loss to the Pirates.

Happ now has eight home runs this season in 125 at-bats, which would equate to 32 long balls across 500 at-bats. The 25-year-old has certainly flashed his power so far in his MLB career, but he's still striking out nearly 26 percent of the time, and his inability to make consistent contact has limited his overall impact in the majors.

September 21, 2019 07:44 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Bombs seventh homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 1-for-1 with a two-run homer in Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Cardinals on Saturday.

Happ entered the game as a pinch hitter in the fourth inning and tied the score with a 443-foot shot to center field off Dominic Leone. Happ isn't getting regular playing time but has homered twice in his last 13 at-bats. The 25-year-old has seven home runs, 20 RBI and a .224/.300/.457 slash line in 51 games this season.

September 15, 2019 10:28 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Goes deep off bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's 16-6 win over the Pirates.

Happ entered the game when first baseman Anthony Rizzo left the contest in the third inning with an ankle sprain. It's unclear how long Rizzo will be sidelined, though Happ's defensive versatility gives Chicago manager Joe Maddon some options if he needs to cover for his slugging first baseman for an extended period of time. Happ now has six home runs, 18 RBI and a .727 OPS in 45 games this season.

September 12, 2019 11:16 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Drives in two Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Thursday's 4-1 win over the Padres.

Happ made the most out of his first start in more than a week, though the versatile 25-year-old has still gotten regular at-bats recently off the bench. Happ's .218 batting average is nothing to write home about, but he does offer decent power potential every time he comes to the plate.

August 31, 2019 01:00 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Situated on bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not starting Saturday against the Brewers.

Happ will head to the bench for the second time in three games as Addison Russell draws another start at the keystone in his stead. With Russell making his sixth consecutive start at second base, it appears Happ has lost his grip on the starting gig and will move to a utility role.

August 29, 2019 03:44 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Sitting for series finale
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not in the lineup Thursday against the Mets.

Happ will head to the bench for Thursday's series finale after starting the past three games and going 2-for-11 with a home run and two RBI. In his place, Addison Russell is manning second base and hitting sixth.

August 28, 2019 11:28 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Homers in New York
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 10-7 win over the Mets.

Happ took Noah Syndergaard deep as part of a six-run first inning. The 25-year-old utility player has five home runs in 30 games with the Cubs after spending most of the season at Triple-A. Happ may never wow with his batting average, though his power makes him a dangerous player anytime he's in the lineup.

August 25, 2019 11:32 AM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Starting at first Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is starting at first base and batting eighth in Sunday's game against the Nationals.

Happ will pick up his first start of the season at first base, as the Cubs give Anthony Rizzo (back) a day off after he was removed from Saturday's contest. Happ's defensive versatility is a boon to his value, and while his batting average sits at just .238, his .834 OPS suggests that he's been fairly productive at the plate.

August 24, 2019 02:44 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Sitting again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not in the lineup for Saturday's contest against the Nationals.

Happ is out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game, with Tony Kemp once again drawing the start in his place. Happ started strong after rejoining the Cubs in late July, but he's just 3-for-22 since Aug. 12.

August 23, 2019 11:16 AM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Not starting Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Nationals.

Happ started the last two games but will head to the bench mired in a 3-for-20 slump. Tony Kemp will start at the keystone and bat eighth in his stead Friday.

August 20, 2019 04:32 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Sitting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Giants.

He got off to a great start after getting the call in late-July, but is just 3-for-15 with six strikeouts over his last six games. Tony Kemp starts at second base and will hit eighth.

August 18, 2019 03:04 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Out of Sunday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not in Sunday's lineup against the Pirates.

Happ is hitting .317 with four home runs in 16 games this month. Tony Kemp gets the start at second base, hitting eighth.

August 17, 2019 02:40 PM
Cubs' Ian Happ: Retreats to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Happ is not in the lineup Friday against the Pirates.

Happ will ride the bench after starting August with an OPS of 1.046 with four home runs and 10 RBI over his first 14 games. Tony Kemp will start at second base in his place, batting ninth. However, Happ could see a slight uptick in playing time in the outfield going forward after Albert Almora was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Friday.

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