Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ, Kyle Schwarber provide more than you think

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Despite the seemingly endless beratement from Chicago Cubs fans, outfielders Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber are providing more value than you might believe.

If you didn’t know better, you’d swear Ian Happ was putting up Tony Campana-like numbers in the Chicago Cubs outfield. And Kyle Schwarber? He might as well be the reincarnation of former top prospect Brett Jackson (there’s a name you didn’t want to remember, right?).

For whatever reason, one that likely stems from the team’s woeful offensive production over the final two months of last season, people seem to think the players currently on the roster aren’t valuable. That’s obviously not the case – but we’ll get into that in a moment. The point here is simple – there’s quality offensive depth behind the likes of Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez.

I won’t get into why thinking Kris Bryant is a thing of the past is beyond preposterous. And make no mistake, that’s exactly what it is. Instead, I want to focus on Happ and Schwarber, because, for whatever reason, they remain fans’ favorite targets when frustrated.