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Ian Happ CFCubs

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2017 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 22)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
9 .235 0 1 1 0 .261 0.0
Birth Date8-12-1994
Height6' 0"
Weight205 lbs
Age23 years, 1 months, 13 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
2013
2014
2015
2016
1.72017
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WARP Summary

Projected Rest-of-Season Playing Time

Last Update: 9/25/2017 11:31 ET | Cubs Depth Chart

Team Pos Order PT% PA AVG R HR RBI SB OBP SLG WARP TAv
CHN 2B 1 9 3 .235 1 0 1 0 .306 .434 0.0 .261
CHN 2B 4 10 3 .235 1 0 1 0 .306 .434 0.0 .261
CHN 2B 6 4 1 .235 1 0 1 0 .306 .434 0.0 .261
CHN PH 9 18 2 .235 1 0 1 0 .306 .434 0.0 .261
2017 Rest-of-Season Totals419.2351010.306.4340.0.261

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2017 CHN 22 109 392 348 55 88 17 2 22 175 36 124 3 3 2 63 8 3 .253 .326 .503 .279 20.9 -4.4 1.7
Career109392348558817222175361243326383.253.326.503.27920.9-4.41.7

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2015 SBN A 38 165 .277 .257 .316 .363 .255 .288 102 2.9 4.5 -1.2 0.4 -0.1 6.1 0.7 6.1 0.7
2015 EUG A- 29 130 .355 .246 .319 .352 .260 .347 92 12.9 3.6 0.2 -5.1 2.7 19.4 1.5 19.4 1.5
2016 MYR A+ 69 293 .320 .255 .328 .383 .261 .381 98 19 8.4 -1.4 -3.1 0.2 26.1 2.4 26.1 2.4
2016 TEN AA 65 274 .271 .247 .317 .365 .262 .310 98 3.1 7.4 -1 -2.0 0.4 9.8 0.9 9.8 0.9
2016 MSS Wnt 19 88 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .312 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2017 CHN MLB 109 392 .279 .256 .326 .423 .268 .322 98 7.6 11.5 -0.4 -4.4 2.2 20.9 1.7 20.9 1.7
2017 IOW AAA 26 116 .342 .272 .337 .435 .270 .319 97 10.7 3.5 -0.3 2.7 -0.0 13.8 1.6 13.8 1.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2015 EUG A- 130 26 30 8 1 4 11 23 28 9 0 .283 .408 .491 .208 .355 19.4 -5.1 1.5
2015 SBN A 165 24 35 9 3 5 22 17 39 1 1 .241 .315 .448 .207 .277 6.1 0.4 0.7
2016 TEN AA 274 35 65 14 0 8 31 20 60 6 2 .262 .318 .415 .153 .271 9.8 -2.0 0.9
2016 MSS Wnt 88 12 17 4 1 2 8 15 22 0 0 .236 .375 .403 .167 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2016 MYR A+ 293 37 71 16 3 7 42 48 69 10 3 .296 .410 .475 .179 .320 26.1 -3.1 2.4
2017 IOW AAA 116 21 31 6 0 9 25 11 27 2 1 .298 .362 .615 .317 .342 13.8 2.7 1.6
2017 CHN MLB 392 55 88 17 2 22 63 36 124 8 3 .253 .326 .503 .250 .279 20.9 -4.4 1.7

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2017 1524 0.4554 0.4869 0.6496 0.6744 0.3301 0.7372 0.5000 0.3504 0 0.000000
Career15240.45540.48690.64960.67440.33010.73720.50.350400

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 CHN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 dExcel Sports1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Chicago Cubs 5/13/17.
  • Drafted by Chicago Cubs 2015 (1-9) (Cincinnati). $3M signing bonus ($3.351M slot).

2017 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 320 43 76 16 1 13 44 36 83 4 2 .274 .357 .481 .290 19.2 2B -2, LF 1 1.9
80o 296 38 67 14 1 11 38 31 79 4 1 .257 .338 .452 .275 13.1 2B -2, LF 1 1.3
70o 279 35 60 12 1 10 35 28 76 4 1 .246 .325 .431 .264 9.1 2B -2, LF 1 0.9
60o 264 32 55 11 1 9 32 26 73 3 1 .236 .313 .413 .254 6.1 2B -1, LF 0 0.5
50o 250 29 51 10 1 9 29 24 71 3 1 .227 .302 .397 .245 3.5 2B -1, LF 0 0.3
40o 236 27 46 9 1 8 27 21 68 3 1 .218 .291 .381 .236 1.1 2B -1, LF 0 0.0
30o 221 24 41 8 1 7 24 19 65 2 1 .208 .279 .364 .227 -1.1 2B -1, LF 0 -0.2
20o 204 21 36 7 1 6 21 17 61 2 1 .197 .265 .344 .216 -3.3 2B -1, LF 0 -0.5
10o 180 17 30 6 1 5 18 14 55 2 1 .181 .246 .317 .200 -5.8 2B -1, LF 0 -0.7
Weighted Mean2573053111931257231.231.308.405.2504.82B -1, LF 00.4

2017 Rest-of-Season Forecast

Last Update: 9/25/2017 13:10 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 80 11 19 4 0 4 13 9 22 1 0 .281 .359 .568 .307 5.6 2B 0 0.6
80o 56 7 14 3 0 3 9 6 16 1 0 .265 .341 .519 .291 3.0 2B 0 0.3
70o 38 5 9 2 0 2 6 4 11 0 0 .253 .328 .486 .280 1.6 2B 0 0.1
60o 23 3 5 1 0 1 3 2 7 0 0 .244 .316 .458 .270 0.7 2B 0 0.1
50o 9 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 0 .235 .306 .434 .261 0.2 2B 0 0.0
Weighted Mean162410122500.239.311.447.2660.42B 00.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
2% 23% 4% 19% 43%

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2017 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
20182334743701421243321004.225.300.401.2560.88.80.01.29.0-1.5-1.5
20192434743711511343331004.228.305.407.2600.910.0-0.01.19.0-0.1-1.5
2020252963760131103628853.230.308.406.2600.88.6-0.00.97.70.0-1.3
2021262753456121103326783.227.304.399.2570.67.1-0.10.87.1-0.7-1.2
202227252315110193124723.228.306.404.2590.66.8-0.10.66.5-0.2-1.1
202328239304910192923682.228.306.405.2590.66.4-0.20.56.2-0.1-1.0
202429236294810182923672.228.306.403.2590.66.1-0.20.56.1-0.2-1.0
202530233294710182823661.228.307.402.2590.55.9-0.30.46.0-0.2-1.0
20263121827459182721621.227.306.401.2580.55.3-0.30.35.7-0.3-1.0

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 80)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 86 Matt Davidson 2013 .258
2 85 Jonathan Galvez 2013 .000 DNP
3 85 Eddie Rosario 2014 .000 DNP
4 85 Dilson Herrera 2016 .000 DNP
5 84 Miles Head 2013 .000 DNP
6 83 Alex Liddi 2011 .278
7 83 Jonathan Schoop 2014 .220
8 83 Jarek Cunningham 2012 .000 DNP
9 82 Arismendy Alcantara 2014 .228
10 82 Thomas Neal 2010 .000 DNP
11 82 Brett Jackson 2011 .000 DNP
12 82 Tyler Austin 2014 .000 DNP
13 82 Derek Fisher 2016 .000 DNP
14 82 Michael Burgess 2011 .000 DNP
15 82 Clint Coulter 2016 .000 DNP
16 81 Jonathan Rodriguez 2012 .000 DNP
17 81 Nick Franklin 2013 .260
18 81 Lonnie Chisenhall 2011 .251
19 81 Chris Young 2006 .244
20 81 Derek Dietrich 2012 .000 DNP
21 81 Kirk Nieuwenhuis 2010 .000 DNP
22 81 Joc Pederson 2014 .210
23 81 Marcus Knecht 2012 .000 DNP
24 81 Trevor Story 2015 .000 DNP
25 81 Colby Rasmus 2009 .255
26 81 Nellie Rodriguez 2016 .000 DNP
27 81 Mat Gamel 2008 .475
28 81 Andy Marte 2006 .221
29 81 Chris Parmelee 2010 .000 DNP
30 80 Chris Bostick 2015 .000 DNP
31 80 Brandon Laird 2010 .000 DNP
32 80 Nick Weglarz 2010 .000 DNP
33 80 Brett Phillips 2016 .000 DNP
34 80 Jordan Schafer 2009 .218
35 80 Chris Marrero 2011 .219
36 80 John Whittleman 2009 .000 DNP
37 80 Caleb Gindl 2011 .000 DNP
38 80 Reid Brignac 2008 .057
39 80 Renato Nunez 2016 .089
40 79 Anthony Garcia 2014 .000 DNP
41 79 Drew Robinson 2014 .000 DNP
42 79 Marcell Ozuna 2013 .258
43 79 Addison Russell 2016 .275
44 79 Jon Singleton 2014 .241
45 79 Chris Carter 2009 .000 DNP
46 79 Corban Joseph 2011 .000 DNP
47 79 Marcus Semien 2013 .266
48 79 Jaff Decker 2012 .000 DNP
49 79 Bobby Borchering 2013 .000 DNP
50 79 Beau Mills 2009 .000 DNP
51 79 Jason Taylor 2010 .000 DNP
52 79 Oswaldo Arcia 2013 .267
53 79 Trayce Thompson 2013 .000 DNP
54 79 Eugenio Suarez 2014 .247
55 79 Jesse Winker 2016 .000 DNP
56 78 Mike Moustakas 2011 .246
57 78 Gary Sanchez 2015 .033
58 78 Patrick Wisdom 2014 .000 DNP
59 78 Dustin Geiger 2014 .000 DNP
60 78 Domonic Brown 2010 .249
61 78 Dan Vogelbach 2015 .000 DNP
62 78 Johermyn Chavez 2011 .000 DNP
63 78 Ryan Kalish 2010 .245
64 78 Brandon Jacobs 2013 .000 DNP
65 78 Carlos Gonzalez 2008 .219
66 78 Nick Castellanos 2014 .254
67 78 Christian Villanueva 2013 .000 DNP
68 78 Lars Anderson 2010 .214
69 78 Matt Dominguez 2012 .268
70 78 Brett Lawrie 2012 .258
71 78 Jeremy Hermida 2006 .245
72 78 Logan Morrison 2010 .314
73 78 Sam Travis 2016 .000 DNP
74 78 Taylor Lindsey 2014 .000 DNP
75 78 Kyle Blanks 2009 .305
76 78 Corey Seager 2016 .320
77 78 Andrew Lambo 2011 .000 DNP
78 78 Nick Evans 2008 .264
79 78 Brad Harman 2008 .118
80 77 Taylor Green 2009 .000 DNP
81 77 Anthony Rizzo 2012 .288
82 77 Roderick Shoulders 2014 .000 DNP
83 77 Joel Guzman 2007 .226
84 77 Austin Jackson 2009 .000 DNP
85 77 Michael Saunders 2009 .192
86 77 Nick Williams 2016 .000 DNP
87 77 Matt Olson 2016 .194
88 77 Will Swanner 2014 .000 DNP
89 77 Wilmer Flores 2014 .250
90 77 Will Middlebrooks 2011 .000 DNP
91 77 Fernando Martinez 2011 .256
92 77 Michael Crouse 2013 .000 DNP
93 77 Gavin Cecchini 2016 .642
94 77 Dylan Cozens 2016 .000 DNP
95 76 Lewis Brinson 2016 .000 DNP
96 76 Fernando Perez 2016 .000 DNP
97 76 Vinnie Catricala 2011 .000 DNP
98 76 Shane Peterson 2010 .000 DNP
99 76 Ryan Royster 2009 .000 DNP
100 76 Daniel Robertson 2016 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Due to publishing agreements, the 2017 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2017 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2016 Happ was the no. 9 overall pick last year out of the the University of Cincinnati (Sandy Koufax's alma mater) on the basis of a reputation for polish rather than tools. Polish alone doesn't make you a single-digit pick, though, and polish alone won't give you an ISO over .200 in your pro debut. As a switch-hitter with an advanced approach and a focus by the Cubs on getting him time at all three outfield spots, Happ could move quickly. It's worth noting that moving quickly in Chicago may just be the fast track to getting stuck in Triple-A behind other good players, like drag racing from stoplight to stoplight in downtown traffic.

BP Articles

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Rubbing Mud: Carl Edwards Jr.'s Filthy Fast ThingMatthew Trueblood2017-09-12
This article requires BP Premium accessTransaction Analysis: Buy Low, Buy LowerBen Diamond2017-09-05
What You Need to Know: Engel in the OutfieldDemetrius Bell2017-08-18
Transaction Analysis: Chicago BlockbusterBryan Grosnick2017-07-13
Transaction Analysis: Chicago BlockbusterGreg Goldstein2017-07-13
Transaction Analysis: Chicago BlockbusterJeffrey Paternostro2017-07-13
Transaction Analysis: Chicago BlockbusterGeorge Bissell2017-07-13
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: This is Really All We Know: The CentralsMatthew Trueblood2017-07-13
Dynasty Prospect Rankings: The 2017 Midseason Top 50Bret Sayre2017-07-12
Dynasty Prospect Rankings: The 2017 Midseason Top 50Ben Carsley2017-07-12
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: So You're Dead Set on Fixing the CubsMatthew Trueblood2017-07-07
What You Need to Know: Wild ThoughtsBen Diamond2017-07-06
Rubbing Mud: Tall TalesMatthew Trueblood2017-07-03
What You Need to Know: Two Drubbings, 12 Innings, and a Meltdown AvoidedMartin Alonso2017-06-14
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 88: We Covered Every TeamCraig Goldstein2017-05-27
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 88: We Covered Every TeamGeorge Bissell2017-05-27
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 88: We Covered Every TeamBen Carsley2017-05-27
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 88: We Covered Every TeamBret Sayre2017-05-27
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting RecognizedMike Gianella2017-05-24
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting RecognizedJoshua Howsam2017-05-24
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting RecognizedGeorge Bissell2017-05-24
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 134: Getting RecognizedEric Roseberry2017-05-24
Expert FAAB Review: Week 8Mike Gianella2017-05-23
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFree Agent Watch: Week 7George Bissell2017-05-19
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 133: It's HappeningMike Gianella2017-05-17
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 133: It's HappeningGeorge Bissell2017-05-17
Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 133: It's HappeningBret Sayre2017-05-17
DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One DownBryan Grosnick2017-05-16
DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One DownShawn Brody2017-05-16
DFA Podcast: Ep. 6: One Up, One DownR.J. Anderson2017-05-16
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Ian HappJarrett Seidler2017-05-15
What You Need to Know: Feels Like the First TimeAshley Varela2017-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessThe Call-Up: Ian HappMark Barry2017-05-15
This article requires BP Premium accessWeekly Wrap: May 12, 2017Javier Barragan2017-05-12
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Sixth EditionGreg Wellemeyer2017-05-10
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Fifth EditionGreg Wellemeyer2017-05-04
Expert FAAB Review: Week 5Mike Gianella2017-05-02
This article requires BP Premium accessMonday Morning Ten Pack: May 1, 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-05-01
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessThe Stash List: Fourth EditionGreg Wellemeyer2017-04-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 13thWilson Karaman2017-04-14
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of April 12thSteve Givarz2017-04-13
This article requires BP Premium accessRubbing Mud: The Cubs' Pitching and Its SkepticsMatthew Trueblood2017-04-04
Looking Back on Tomorrow: Philadelphia PhilliesJarrett Seidler2017-03-28
BP Experts Prospect Mock Draft: Rounds 3-4BP Fantasy Staff2017-03-07
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListCraig Goldstein2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListBen Carsley2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListBret Sayre2017-02-24
TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 82: Top 101 Dynasty Prospects ListGeorge Bissell2017-02-24
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Dynasty League ProspectsBret Sayre2017-02-23
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Dynasty League ProspectsBen Carsley2017-02-23
Liner Notes: NRI Watch: National LeagueBryan Grosnick2017-02-15
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017Jeffrey Paternostro2017-02-13
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects of 2017BP Prospect Staff2017-02-13
2017 Prospects: The Top 101 Prospects, Sliced and DicedRob McQuown2017-02-13
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessTale of the Tape, Dynasty Edition: Ian Happ vs. Raul MondesiGreg Wellemeyer2017-01-27
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: The Top 50 Second BasemenBret Sayre2017-01-26
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessGet to Know: Second Base ProspectsBen Carsley2017-01-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessFantasy Three-Year Projections: Second BaseGreg Wellemeyer2017-01-25
This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessState of the Position: Second BaseGeorge Bissell2017-01-23
2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2017-01-16
2017 Prospects: Chicago Cubs Top 10 ProspectsJeffrey Paternostro2017-01-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 18th-20thMark Anderson2016-11-21
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 15thMauricio Rubio2016-11-16
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 14thWilson Karaman2016-11-15
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 8thMauricio Rubio2016-11-09
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 7thWilson Karaman2016-11-08
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of November 3rdMauricio Rubio2016-11-04
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of October 26thMauricio Rubio2016-10-27
This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: AFL Preview: Glendale Desert DogsSteve Givarz2016-10-12
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This article requires BP Premium accessProspectus Feature: AFL Preview: Glendale Desert DogsMauricio Rubio2016-10-12
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of September 2-5Christopher Crawford2016-09-06
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, August 31stChristopher Crawford2016-09-01
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, August 30thWilson Karaman2016-08-31
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of July 29-31Christopher Crawford2016-08-01
The GM Trade Game!: Let's Trade For Julio TeheranBP Staff2016-07-28
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This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Tuesday, July 26thMark Anderson2016-07-27
This article requires BP Premium accessMinor League Update: Games of Wednesday, July 13thChristopher Crawford2016-07-14
Dynasty Prospect Rankings: The Midseason Top 50 UpdateBret Sayre2016-07-08
BP Top 50: The Best Midseason ProspectsBP Prospect Staff2016-07-07
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This article requires BP Fantasy or Premium accessDynasty League Positional Rankings: Outfielders, Part Two: 26-125Bret Sayre2016-02-23
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-07-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)I really like Ian Happ. Is he Ben Zobrist with more power? Is Contrearas slowly becoming a top 3 catcher in baseball?
(pocket pounder from plaza lanes)
I like Ian Happ, too, but I would not give a zobrist comp. If i am not mistaken, zobrist is known for his contact ability. Happ though makes solid contact, he also misses balls, too. Happ is more a hit first with a daniel murphy kind of glove. As for Contreras, give him 2-3 more seasons, he could be top 3, top 5 easy. (Javier Barragan)
2017-06-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Happ hitting for more power than he will for his career? and he isn't a .221 hitter is he?
(Dalton Leslie from EMC insurance )
Happ's been all power or nothing early in his career. 10 of his 25 hits with the Cubs have gone for homers. That's obviously not sustainable, but neither is his .221 batting average. He seems to take the ball to all fields pretty well, and while I think there's some power there, not at the rate he's hitting them currently. I think he winds up a guy with a little bit of pop but most of those homers will ultimately turn into doubles, and he settles into the .270 range in terms of batting average. (Collin Whitchurch)
2017-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Jeimer Candelario off to a great start in AAA do you think the Cubs move him for pitching help this summer ?
(Jim from Chicago)
They moved Dan Vogelbach last summer, but I think that had more to do with him lacking a natural position and they liked the return in Montgomery. I don't think they're trading Ian Happ, but I was saying that about Gleyber Torres at this time a year ago... (George Bissell)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What comps do you have for these 2 guys. Ian Happ looks like a zobrist to me? Eloy jimenez... to me hes a poor mans Vlad Guerrero?
(Leslie, Dalton from 70th place Urbandale, IA)
Y'all are really taxing me with the prospects stuff. I wasn't kidding when I tweeted that I'm better at baseball history, personal finance, and wine.

Happ: The bat could develop, but what made/makes Zobrist so valuable is that he played MANY positions, and played them WELL. I don't know that Happ qualifies for either upper-case word at this point.

Jimenez: Yeah, he could be a fun hitter, though I don't know that he's got the bad-ball hitting reputation that Guerrero earned. The BP Annual lists a Nomar Mazara comp; that sounds about right. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are your thoughts on Ian Happ? How good can he be and where and when do you see him fitting in with the Cubs? thx.
(bob from pa)
Touched on him earlier. I think he'll be fine, but I'm not a prospects guy. The earlier question suggested he's a Zobrist play-all-over-the-place guy but I'm not sure he has the glove for it. Playing second and the corners will provide playing time, but speaking of Zobrist, there may not be room for him until Zobrist leaves. Again, though, I'm not a prospects guy. (Rob Mains)
2017-05-22 23:00:00 (link to chat)Is Ian Happ up for good this season?
(Ed from Cranford, NJ)
He'll have to earn it if he is, that depth chart remains absurd. Early returns are obviously encouraging, so he's certainly doing his part.

Sorry for the slow jam so far tonight, the robots aren't cooperating right now (Wilson Karaman)
2017-04-28 13:30:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ian Happ?
(Erick from Seattle )
It's a weird profile and one that's tough to square for me. I'm not a believer in him at second base, and I think the shift to the outfield hurts the profile relatively significantly. Although he's all of a sudden slugging almost .600, which would obviously be fine even with some regression in a COF spot. I don't think that's the real Happ though, and my sense is that despite the impressive bat and approach, it's more of a middling profile than anything impact. That's still really useful overall, but not one that stands out to me. (Craig Goldstein)
2017-04-05 23:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of upside does Ian Happ have? Role 6?
(darren from Rochester )
I'm skeptical on account of the glove. My opinion is admittedly colored from seeing him a long time ago on the Cape, but everything I've heard from prospect team members and others since indicates the same questions are still kinda there. We put a 55/50 on him for our Cubs list, and that seems like it's probably about right if the bat has indeed developed.

One more banger before the 3/4 moon sets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOX_tFWOklE (Wilson Karaman)
2017-03-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)A Dozier trade for Baez specifically, or Happ to a lesser degree, would help boy teams, right? Baez could be moved to SS for the Twins and Polanco to 2B making the twins better defensively. While, Dozier would clearly be an affordable, and resifnanble, lineup improvement for the Cubs to try and repeat. Thoughts on a package that would make sense to help both teams?
(DJ from Mpls )
There is zero chance the Cubs would trade Javier Baez for what is essentially two seasons of Brian Dozier. They might not even make that trade for 2017 alone. Ian Happ is more realistic, although the Cubs would have no real need for Dozier with Baez at second base. I think Jose De Leon (from the Dodgers, at the time) was a perfectly reasonable offer. Dozier's pre-2016 performance is good rather than great, he's a free agent in two years, and he's either not an option or not a big asset anywhere other than second base. (Aaron Gleeman)
2017-02-14 12:00:00 (link to chat)So the Top 101 was made in early January. Any prospects you'd move up/down by 10+ spots today?
(Eddie from Orlando)
I said to Craig that there were seven rankings I hated shortly after submitting it. It's closer to a dozen now. The ones bothering me the most currently is I'd have Carson Kelly and AJ Puk higher and Ian Happ and Nick Williams lower. This might change in another two weeks of course. (The Top 101 Prospect Chat with Jeffrey Paternostro)
2017-01-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Give me your thoughts on Ian Happ and Tyler Oneill it seems like there are some big variance on the top 100 lists so far with these two. I would think happ easily is a top 25 guy and Oneill easily top 50. BUt I also think in terms of fantasy baseball so defense and position dont matter to me.
(Brad from NJ)
I think both of these guys get dinged on some of these lists because of defense. O'Neill is interesting, but the high minor league strikeout rates scare me a lot. Happ is a lot safer, and as you mentioned, a lot better. The only issue with Happ is where he will play, and whether it will be on the North Side. (Mark Barry)
2017-01-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Happ be a difference-making player, or does his lack of true position force him into more of a league average player?
(Ron from Texarkana)
Man, I don't know what to do with Happ. I think he will hit, but even at second, the bat isn't crazy-attractive. He's relatively high floor, and in the right org to figure out how to deploy him, but I think something like 55/50 is about right. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-12-08 23:00:00 (link to chat)Rank these prospects for 5x5 keep forever dynasty?: Ian Happ, Ronald Guzman, Willie Calhoun, Ramiel Tapia, and Yusniel Diaz
(terps993 from Maryland)
Tapia, Happ, Calhoun, Diaz, Guzman. Note that I think I might like Diaz better'n Willie at their peaks, but Diaz's path is longer enough than it costs him the rankings edge. (Wilson Karaman)
2017-01-18 20:00:00 (link to chat)Noted BP author says you are insanely off-base on your Ian Happ ranking, and that he belongs in the Dominic Smith tier of losers and never-will-bes (paraphrasing). Care to respond with a pot-stirring takedown of his worldview?
(RotoLando from Cloud City)
This could not narrow it down any less. (But Happ can hit.) (Bret Sayre)
2016-11-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Will Ian Happ end up being the second best prospect the Cubs trade for pitching depth? What's your view on a floor season for him?
(PunchoutPappy from First in Flight)
Ian Happ might end up being the second best prospect in the Cubs system after all the graduations and trades. His floor is probably an up-and-down reserve outfielder, but again, floors are low. (Jarrett Seidler)
2016-06-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think is the better fantasy baseball prospect: Ian Happ or Willy Adames?
(John from TX)
Give me Adames, his glove is better and I'm not sold on Happ's bat as much as some. (James Fisher)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)If you updated your dynasty ranks today, would Ian Happ or Willson Contraras be higher?
(Sean from Los Angels)
It's really close, but I'd still go Happ. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the 5 best players in A ball not named Victor or Yoan (since he's called up anyways)?
(Rawnie from Boston)
Rafael Devers, Gleyber Torres, Ian Happ, Bobby Bradley, Cornelius Randolph (obligatory homer pick) (Scooter Hotz)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Next BIG prospect nobody is talking about?
(Rob from Chicago)
Carson Fulmer, since his numbers this year stink? Ian Happ, since anything short of reaching the majors the year after being drafted is a disappointment for a college hitter drafted by the Cubs thanks to Kyle Schwarber? (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-25 23:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Wilson - 12 team 5x5 root dynasty, 10 player minor league system... Ian Happ is currently a free agent. I have no one to drop, my bottom few guys are Lewis Brinson, Sean Manaea, Rafael Devers, and Byron Buxton. Would you suggest trying to move a couple of them together for someone to make room for Ian or no? I am very bullish on Manaea, I know he's the easy answer to move. What are your thoughts on my situation and Happ's ceiling? Thank you.
(TrickDaddy14 from Yompton)
I've liked watching Happ hit since the Cape a couple summers ago, and especially if he stays at 2B as the Cubs seem committed to trying, I really like him as a dynasty asset. I get that you like Manaea, but in a league that shallow I'd strongly prefer Happ. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-04-14 20:00:00 (link to chat)Do you have a prospect that you are particularly high on but many/most of your colleagues are not?
(Adam from Michigan)
In the AL, it might be Carson Fulmer. I think he could be another White Sox college pitcher on the fast track to the majors as an impact starter like Sale or Rodon. Most of the other owners in my AL-only league were a little surprised when I took him on Saturday, though, with a few other bats still available.

In the NL, I'm not sure if this counts, but I was surprised to get Ian Happ in my NL-only league's minor league draft. 20 minor leaguers were kept and Happ still didn't go until the start of the third round. Most of my roto-playing friends and colleagues like him about the same as I do, or at least they say they do, but the way he fell on Sunday was weird. (Scooter Hotz)
2016-04-19 12:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will be in the majors by the start of 2017? (Bradley Zimmer, Andrew Benintendi, Francis Martes, Ramiel Tapia, Ian Happ, Jorge Mateo)
(Taylor from Brookings)
Tapia, Zimmer. Maybe Martes, depending on team need. (Adam McInturff)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you lean towards David Dahl or Ian Happ in a Dynasty League?
(Ron from Texarkana)
I'd go with Happ just because of the possible health concerns with Dahl but both are good and it's a close call. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)Would you go Cody Reed, Dillon Tate, or Ian Happ in a prospect draft? Trying to compete this season, if that changes things.
(Alex from Austin)
Happ. I don't think the this year component matters. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Bret Sayre thinks that Ian Happ could be the best overall fantasy prospect in this past draft.. Do you take him over Brendan Rodgers?
(Ron from Texarkana)
If - IF - he can stick at SS that's a possibility, yeah. Bret's got Rodgers' name tattooed on his shoulder blade (it's really quality work, + shading, ++ script, solid-average heart around it), so I'm semi-surprised he went there. But they're both really good hitters. I'd still take Rodgers without a second thought. (Wilson Karaman)
2016-01-29 11:00:00 (link to chat)Ian Happ at 67 seems too low, is it because he is a recent draftee and hasnt had a lot of PA in minors?
(brad from NJ)
Right. There's a ton to like with Happ but most of the guys above him have established themselves to some degree, and there are questions about his ultimate defensive home. He's significantly more valuable at 2B with his bat than he is in a corner outfield spot. (Top 101 Chat with Craig Goldstein)
2016-01-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me a quick scouting report on Ian Happ? What kind of player can he become and what are the chances? He made quite a good impression in his short stint in the minors last season. Offensive minded 2B with 15/15 potential?
(the biggest CHC fan from parent's basement)
A lot to like. Really strong approach at the plate, good swing from both sides of the plate, sneaky pop, above-average runner. IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE NEXT BEN ZOBRIST I THINK THIS IS ACTUALLY THE GUY WHO MAKES THE MOST SENSE AND YES THE CAPS ARE INTENTIONAL BECAUSE IM TIRED OF THIS QUESTION. Anyway, yeah, Ian Happ is pretty good. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-12-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know you had noted Eddy Julio Martinez as the top international prospect a few months back - could you help me understand where he might stop up to say, recent Cubs pick Ian Happ or Billy McKinney?
(Chris from IL)
Potentially, he's better. The Andruw Jones comps aren't fair, but they aren't there for no reason. I think he could be a star. I don't think either of those two are stars, but if you asked me who was more likely to become a big leaguer, I'd go with both of those guys, and that's why they're better prospects -- for now. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-09-30 19:00:00 (link to chat)Do the Cubs still have a top 8 farm system?
(Randy from Iowa)
Yes and the emergence of Willson Contreras helps that out a lot. They have Gleyber Torres and Ian Happ in the farm to go along with some arms like Duane Underwood and Pierce Johnson. Opinions on Dylan Cease are mixed because of his command profile but the man throws in the upper 90's and I have heard reports that he was pressing 99 in a few starts. (Mauricio Rubio)


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