Chicago Cubs: Who’s the best after Bryant and Rizzo?

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Ian Happ – .232, 5 home runs, 14 RBI

I’ve written before how Ian Happ has been either the solution to the Cubs lineup needs or the man who is struggling to find playing time. Hopefully, things stabilize for Happ so that he stops bouncing back and forth between such extremes.

Recently when Maddon was asked about sending Happ down to Triple-A he said, “I’m not even talking about that with Theo or anybody yet.” Maddon is showing a lot of interest and faith in Happ and his ability to make the necessary adjustments. If he does make those adjustments, there’s a decent chance that Happ reclaims the leadoff spot in the batting order that seemed to be his coming out of spring training. Maybe Maddon will have a new player to say, “As you go, we go.” The last time he did he was arguably the Cubs next best hitter.