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Ian Happ is batting fifth and playing second base Saturday against the Dodgers, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
After playing strictly in the outfield since being called up to the big club May 13, Happ is set to make his first major-league start at the keystone as Javy Baez and Ben Zobrist both head to the bench. The 22-year-old made 107 starts at second base in the minors.
Ian Happ is not in the lineup Monday against the Giants.
Happ has forced his way into a prominent role in the Cubs' lineup thanks to a 9-for-26 (.346) showing at the plate since his callup. However, he'll get a chance to rest Monday night with Albert Almora taking over in center field in his stead.
Ian Happ is starting in center field and hitting fifth Saturday against the Brewers alongside Jason Heyward (finger), who was activated from the DL and starting in right field.
This is noteworthy simply because it shows Happ still has a prominent role for the Cubs even with Heyward returning from the DL. Jon Jay and Albert Almora may be the ones who get squeezed for playing time, at least as long as Happ continues to swing a hot bat. He is hitting .333/.462/.714 with two home runs and a 6:5 K:BB in 21 at-bats since his promotion.
Ian Happ went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and a run during Thursday's win over Cincinnati.
Happ has now reached base 11 times in 22 plate appearances for two homers, four RBI, five runs and a .824 slugging percentage. It's an impressive run, and Happ's pushing to stick with the big club for the long haul. Since being promoted Saturday, Happ, Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo are the only Cubs to start each of Chicago's five games, so the rookie has clearly made an impression. The Cubs will have a difficult roster decision to make when Jason Heyward (hand) returns from the disabled list, but with so many versatile players on the roster, don't be surprised if manager Joe Maddon finds ways to make Happ a fixture in the middle of the lineup. The rookie is already taking practice reps at the corner infield spots and could quickly earn eligibility at a couple more positions, which is always a valuable virtual boost. Even if Happ is returned to Triple-A Iowa, he projects to rejoin the Cubs at some point this season and make a significant fantasy impact once recalled.
Ian Happ is batting cleanup and playing left field Thursday against the Reds.
The scorching-hot callup is finding ways to stick in the lineup, with embattled leadoff hitter Kyle Schwarber getting the day off. Happ is making a strong case to remain in the lineup even when Jason Heyward (hand) returns. Perhaps he'll force Jon Jay and Albert Almora to the bench most days.
Ian Happ could work out at the corner infield spots in an effort to get him more playing time, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Happ already moved from his natural spot at the keystone in order to get into the Cubs' stacked lineup, and with Jason Heyward (hand) nearing a return to action, it wouldn't be a terrible move to allow Happ to stay in the majors. That being said, the 22-year-old's performance at the plate alone has done a lot to prove he's worth keeping in Chicago, but the club's intentions should become clear relatively soon once they're forced to make some roster moves.
Ian Happ went 1-for-3 with a home run, two walks, two runs scored and 2 RBI in Tuesday's win over the Reds.
The fifth-inning homer showcased Happ's tremendous power; he was able to get it out to the opposite field on a tough pitch down and away. It was the second home run of his Major League career and fourth hit in three games with the big club. Happ could put his return to Triple-A Iowa on hold if he continues to produce at this clip.
Ian Happ is playing center field and batting cleanup Tuesday against the Reds.
Happ is 3-for-7 with a home run and two RBI through his first two games with the big club, prompting manager Joe Maddon to put him in the heart of the Cubs' order Tuesday. While Happ's promotion was largely a result of injuries to the Cubs' roster, Maddon hasn't ruled out the notion of the prospect sticking around the majors for an extended stay if he continues to swing a hot bat.
Ian Happ could force the issue and remain at the MLB level if he continues to perform well, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Happ's promotion was largely a result of injuries to the Cubs' roster, but manager Joe Maddon said the top prospect could stick around. "Absolutely, if he keeps doing (this), it's hard to say that you don't want him here any longer," Maddon said. "There's other ways to fit him in. But, again, all I want him to do is attack today." Happ's ability to play both the middle infield and the outfield could allow him to fill a utility role for the Cubs. The fact that he has three hits (including a home run) in his first seven MLB at-bats isn't hurting his cause either.
Ian Happ went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run and a walk in Saturday's loss to St. Louis.
With Kris Bryant (illness) and Addison Russell (shoulder) both on the shelf, the Cubs decided now was the time to give Happ a taste of the Major Leagues. It was a solid debut for Happ, who is considered one of the top prospects in the Chicago system. He slashed .298/.362/.615 with nine homers in 26 games in Triple-A Iowa this season, and should provide some pop in Chicago's lineup for as long as his promotion lasts.
Ian Happ was promoted to the majors from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday, Patrick Mooney of CSN Chicago reports.
Happ will get his first-ever taste of major-league play Saturday, as he's set to start in right field and hit second against the Cardinals. Happ, one of the top prospects in the Cubs' system, has gone on a tear in Iowa recently. Over the last four games, he's slugged three home runs driven in four. However, while it will be exciting for owners to see how Happ's skill translates to the majors, he's expected to return to the minors once the Cubs' injury-plagued roster is in better shape.
Ian Happ may be recalled from Triple-A Iowa due to injuries hitting the Cubs' major-league roster, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.
At this point in time, no move has been made, but the Cubs are considering bringing Happ up to the majors as Kris Bryant (illness) and Addison Russell (shoulder) are both ailing. Happ has gotten off to a great start in Iowa this season, hitting .298/.362/.615. However, his stint with the big club would likely be brief and only last until Russell and Bryant are back in full health.
Ian Happ went 3-for-7 with a home run in his first two games at Triple-A Iowa after missing a week with a bruised left thumb.
Happ has been playing second base and in the outfield as it's not clear exactly where he'd play if he reached the majors. His bat appears ready as he's hitting .271/.360/.469 with seven home runs at Triple-A.
Ian Happ was placed on the 7-day disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left thumb.
Happ was off to a nice start with Triple-A Iowa before being sidelined with the thumb ailment; the 22-year-old is slashing .250/.333/.571 with eight homers through 21 games so far. It's unclear how long Happ will be sidelined, though the Cubs will likely proceed cautiously with the elite prospect.
Ian Happ went 2-for-4 with his league-leading sixth home run of the season for Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.
No other player in the Pacific Coast League or International League has even five home runs, so Happ's power has been really impressive in the early going. The Cubs' No. 2 prospect, Happ could make his MLB debut later this season.
Ian Happ is slashing .267/.353/.867 through four games with Triple-A Iowa, and he's homered in the last three contests.
The Cubs' No. 2 prospect had a good spring training, and he's carrying that into the start of the Triple-A season. Happ is blocked at second base by Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist at the moment, but he played some outfield in the spring, and that could be his quickest path to the majors. He might get the call later this year if he keeps producing like this.
Ian Happ will start the season at Triple-A Iowa, Jim Callis of MLB.com reports.
Happ spent 2016 split between High-A and Double-A, and he will move up to start this season. Happ shined this spring, posting a .383/.441/.750 line, and he could make his MLB debut later this year, potentially as an outfielder.