Cubs reportedly calling up Ian Happ
|Thursday, July 25, 2019, 1:33 PM- -|
Iowa Cubs outfielder Ian Happ is reportedly being recalled to the Chicago Cubs on Friday according to the Des Moines Register.
Happ has spent the entire 2019 season at Iowa and has a .242/.364/.432 slash line with 16 homers, 43 RBIs, and 66 runs in 99 games.
In the last 10 games, he has is batting .333 with nine walks. Overall, he has been smoking hot the last three weeks with a .348/.477/.652 slash line, 174 wRC+, 19.8% BB rate, and 20.9% K rate.
He will be a welcome addition to the ballclub as he can spell Albert Almora Jr. in centerfield, be a depth piece at third base if Kris Bryant has to go on the injured list, and also work in occasionally at second base since Addison Russell is now in the minors.
The 24-year old switch hitter batted .233 with 167 strikeouts with the Cubs last season.
"The attitude is fantastic. He's working hard," Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said of Happ recently. "It just feels like a matter of time until he goes on a run and gets back to where he was before. We're kinda waiting on that a little bit — he's waiting on that. But given the work, he's done and where he is mentally, I think that's just a matter of time."