Happ went 2-for-3 with two walks, two home runs and three RBI for Triple-A Iowa on Friday.
Happ homered in both of the first two innings to get to 13 long balls on the season through 84 games. The 24-year-old continues to strike out at a fairly high rate (26.7 percent), which is part of the reason his batting average sits at just .227. The Cubs don't really have room for the versatile Happ at the moment, but an injury in the second half of the season could change that.
Happ went 1-for-4 with a solo home run Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.
Happ has been hot at the plate lately, as he's gone 8-for-18 over his last five games with two home runs. For the season, the 24-year-old is slashing .243/.359/.432 with eight home runs and 30 RBI through 52 games with Iowa. Happ is still striking out at a high rate (26.4 percent) in the minors, but he could provide a spark for the Cubs at some point this season due to his power and ability to play multiple positions in the field.
Happ (finger) played both ends of Triple-A Iowa's doubleheader Wednesday against Omaha, going a combined 4-for-6 with a home run, a walk and five RBI in those contests.
Happ was removed from Monday's game after hurting his finger while fielding a grounder, but his return to action two days later suggests the injury was never much of a concern. Even after his big day at the plate, Happ is sitting on a lackluster .240/.362/.422 batting line at Triple-A this season. A promotion to the big leagues doesn't seem imminent.
Happ exited Monday's Triple-A game with a finger injury, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Happ apparently suffered the injury while fielding a grounder, though it doesn't appear to be anything that will keep him sidelined for an extended period. The utility man should be considered day-to-day for now. Prior to suffering the injury, he hit just .219/.343/.356 with four homers and five stolen bases in 41 games for Triple-A Iowa.
Happ is batting .209 with a .681 OPS and 25 strikeouts through 18 games with Triple-A Iowa.
It was somewhat of a surprise when Happ was demoted to Triple-A to begin the season, and the 24-year-old has not responded particularly well. He's still struggling to make consistent contact, as evidenced by the .209 average and 33.3 percent strikeout rate. Happ did pop his second home run of the year Monday, but at this point, a return to the majors does not seem imminent.
Happ was optioned to Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Happ managed an above-average 106 wRC+ last season despite striking out 36.1 percent of the time. He cut the strikeout rate to 25.0 percent this spring but is hitting just .135/.196/.192. His defensive versatility and decent bat should give him paths back to the big-league roster, but he'll need some time in the minors to sort his swing out first.
Happ went 0-for-2 with a walk and two strikeouts in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Giants and is slashing .143/.208/.204 through 49 at-bats this spring.
It's been a sluggish start for Happ, which has been compounded by the fact that his main competition for playing time in center field, Albert Almora, has a .976 OPS this spring. Happ's versatility should still get him on the field fairly often in 2019, but it'd be nice to see him get a little hot streak going before the regular season starts.
Happ has recorded six hits in 41 at-bats (.146 batting average) during Cactus League play while chipping in six RBI, four runs and a stolen base.
Happ is sitting on a lowly .205 on-base average through his 13 spring outings, but on a more positive note, he's struck out in only 18.1 percent of his plate appearances. While the usual caveats regarding small samples apply here, that rate is a stark downturn from the 36.1 percent mark he posted throughout the 2018 campaign. Happ will likely have to settle for a part-time role to begin 2019, but if the improvement he's shown in making contact holds, he could push for more action at a multitude of spots around the diamond or in the outfield.
Happ will likely remain in a center field timeshare with Albert Almora and, to a lesser extent, Jason Heyward in 2019 based on matchups, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Happ should get plenty of playing time after racking up 462 plate appearances in 2018, though his .608 OPS against lefty starters (compared to .816 against right-handers) will likely limit his opportunities against southpaws, especially since Almora hits them well. Happ's versatility and power potential will still get him in the lineup often, but his value figures to remain somewhat capped due to the timeshare.
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.
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.
Happ went 1-for-3 with a three-run homer in Friday's 3-2 win over the Reds.
Getting the start in center field and hitting ninth, Happ played hero with a seventh-inning blast -- his 15th home run of the year and only his fourth in 49 games since the All-Star break. Despite a woeful .190/.307/.349 second-half slash line, the 24-year-old will likely see at least semi-regular playing time to close out the regular season with Jason Heyward (hamstring) and Kyle Schwarber (back) both currently sidelined.
Happ is out of the starting nine against the Brewers on Wednesday.
Happ will head to the bench for the series finale after going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts Tuesday. In his place, Albert Almora will roam center field and bat sixth.
Happ is not starting Monday against the Brewers.
Happ doesn't have any one spot locked down in the Cubs' outfield, but he'd nevertheless managed to start seven of the last nine games prior to Monday's contest. Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist will be the Cubs' outfielders for the key divisional matchup.
Happ is out of the lineup for Sunday's series finale at Washington.
Happ started both ends of Saturday's doubleheader and went 0-for-7 with four strikeouts, so he finds himself on the bench Sunday. Kris Bryant, Albert Almora and Ben Zobrist will man the outfield for the Cubs.
Happ is not in the lineup Thursday against the Nationals.
Happ will retreat to the bench for Thursday's series opener after going 1-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts in Wednesday's win over the Brewers. The outfielder has alternated starts with Albert Almora over the past four games, with Almora getting the nod in this one. The two figure to compete for playing time until Jason Heyward (hamstring) returns to action.
Happ went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI in Sunday's win over Philadelphia.
Happ drove home a pair in the eighth inning on a double to left-center field. The 24-year-old is having a down year after slashing .253/.328/.514 with 24 homers and 68 RBI in 115 games a season ago. Happ owns a .236/.353/.412 batting line with 14 homers and 39 RBI through 122 contests in 2018.
Happ is out of the lineup Sunday against the Reds.
Happ had started each of the past four games, with two turns coming in the outfield and another two coming at third base. His path to playing time at the latter position will soon come to a close with Kris Bryant (shoulder) expected to return from the disabled list by next weekend, leaving Happ to primarily compete with Albert Almora for at-bats in center field. Happ hasn't helped his case for an expanded role by slashing just .191/.302/.303 in 33 appearances since the All-Star break.
Happ is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers.
Happ's playing time has dwindled lately, as he's started just four of the Cubs' last 10 games. The Cubs acquired Daniel Murphy from the Nationals on Tuesday, which could have ripple effects around the roster, even though Happ hasn't played Murphy's primary position of second base even once this season, as the Cubs have a number of versatile players on their roster. Albert Almora will start in center field Tuesday.
Happ is not in Saturday's starting lineup against Pittsburgh.
Happ is slated for a day off as Joe Musgrove is set to take the mound for the Pirates. Jason Heyward will shift to center field with Ben Zobrist manning right field in Happ's absence.
Happ went 1-for-4 with a solo homer in Thursday's 1-0 win over Pittsburgh.
Happ took Pirates starter Ivan Nova deep in the fourth inning for the game's lone run. It was the 13th long ball of the year for the Pittsburgh native along with 34 RBI and a .243 average in 301 at-bats.
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