Chicago Cubs: Ian Happ revamping swing to cut back strikeouts
The last name and face is a familiar one and seems odd with his being part of this conversation. Ian Happ was a member of the Chicago Cubs for almost two seasons and seemed a shoo-in to make this year’s team. But a bombshell was dropped on Happ and Cubs’ fans alike, as he was sent to Triple-A Iowa to start the season. The reasoning? The Cubs wanted him to cut down on the K-rate and retool his swing. The Cubs had asked a lot of him headed into Spring Training, which is why he was angry that he didn’t make the team.
Since his demotion, Happ hasn’t seen much time at second base. Heck, he hasn’t seen much time on the infield. While he is capable of playing it, you’d really like a guy to have his bearings about him when he steps back onto Wrigley Field. But Happ hasn’t had it all click yet, so the Cubs would like to keep him down until he does, which his manager at Iowa, Marty Pevey, believes will happen.
"“He’s 24 years old,” Pevey said. “He would almost be the youngest guy on the big-league team still. … He’s got so much talent. When the light comes back on for him and stays on, he’s gonna be able to help the big club for a long, long time.” h/t Tony Andracki, NBC Sports Chicago Next: Decisions loom for the Cubs front office"