Ian Happ might force himself into the Cubs roster
With the cold as ice bats and the terrible defense so far could Ian Happ be the spark that the Chicago Cubs need to get back into World Series shape
Ian Happ is all there is to talk about after the bad weekend play from the Cubs. You have to love what you see out of the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft from the University of Cincinnati. The young man does and says everything you want out your big league talent. Joe Maddon is saying exactly what he needs to without promising Happ, a spot on the big league roster.
“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. Literally, enjoy the moment. Don’t overthink it. Control what he can. Again, I don’t want to go psychobabble. But that’s what he needs to do.
“We know how good he is. We know what he means to our future. Go play, and let us figure out the rest. Of course, the team, roster-wise, is in a state of flux now, based on different guys being banged up. But all Ian has to worry about is to continue to do what he did in camp, what he’s been doing at Triple-A, and let us make that decision.”
The showing from Ian Happ over the weekend will get him a few more starts for the club, and that might be all he needs to stay in the bigs. This past weekend saw him get his first major league home run and get two hits off Adam Wainwright as the rest of the Cubs’ bats were silent. It also saw him make a great sliding catch in right field and move over to center for a bit. He also can play second base. A hard-hitting utility guy is everything that we are looking for but where do you put him? Right now with some guys on the DL that is room on the roster but what comes of Happ once Zobrist and Heyward get back with the team.
It’s crazy to think that we might want to see a young Happ over the reigning world series MVP in Ben Zobrist or if Schwarber doesn’t get his bat in order maybe move him down to AAA for Ian. Those are going to be tough choices that the Cubs are going to have to deal with if he continues to bring the intensity to the ballpark. I know it’s early in his career, but Ian Happ might just be the spark that they need to get this offense and defense playing like the World Series champs that we all love.