Gut reaction: Ian Happ should lead-off for the Cubs

I’m going to preface this by saying that it started as a gut reaction. I watched his two at bats against Carson Fulmer (a home run and a hustle double respectively) and I was impressed. Happ tore up spring training last year and that was a big part of the reason he earned a call up mid-season in 2017. He leads the Cubs in homeruns this spring (3) and is batting over .500. His whole approach looks different than what we saw last year, working with new hitting coach Chili Davis may already be paying dividends. Last year Happ walked 39 times and struck out 129, not something you would want to see from a lead-off hitter. I think he is going cut the strikeouts down to under 100 and increase his walk total to around 50. He’s also the fastest player on the Cubs which makes him an ideal candidate to lead-off. If I had to make a bold prediction about the Cubs this year, I’d bet on Ian Happ having close to an all-star campaign as the Cubs lead-off hitter.


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