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WATCH: Ian Happ Cut Down a Runner at the Plate with a Great Throw from Center Field

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Although this is a somewhat unspectacular play, it is, for me, rather notable. Earlier this year, as decent as Ian Happ looked covering ground in center field – a position to which he was still adjusting – I felt like his arm was extremely erratic out there.


And, of course, it still could be, but he made a really nice play tonight to cut down a runner at the plate.

He had to field a groundball single up the middle, and then fire a strike home:

OK, so calling that a “strike” is probably a bit much, but it was a good, very strong throw that gave Rene Rivera a chance to make a nice play to convert the out.

We don’t know what the future holds for Ian Happ, especially as Javy Baez increasingly emerges as a must-start player in the middle infield, so the more he can acclimate to center field, and perform reasonably well there defensively, the better.



Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.