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Ian Happ Popped Homer 23 in His Very Impressive Rookie Season (VIDEO)

Analysis and Commentary, Chicago Cubs Highlights

The Cubs scored their winning run last night in the 11th inning on a Taylor Davis double, which earned him a stare down in the EBS, but the team’s first run came all the way back in the first inning on a solo shot by Ian Happ.


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Here’s the blast:

It’s been a monster rookie campaign, indeed, especially when you consider the context.

Happ, who just turned 23 last month, was a 2015 draft pick. He had one full professional season before 2017, and played just 26 games at AAA, and fewer than 100 above High-A, before coming to the big leagues. That he was ready to come up and hit .253/.328/.511 (112 wRC+) in a playoff race in his rookie season is truly impressive.

Also impressive: that was his 23rd big league homer this season, and his 32nd overall between MLB and AAA.

Sure, he’ll have some things to work on next season – the 31.6% strikeout rate will really crush him if the BABIP (.321) doesn’t stay elevated – but the bones are there for a very, very good big league hitter, especially when you consider the adjustments he’s been making constantly this season.

Where does he play next year? Ah, that’s a fun offseason discussion, isn’t it?

Happ’s 23 homers is the 8th most by a rookie this season, and none of the 7 guys ahead of him have fewer than his 402 plate appearances.


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Brett Taylor

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