Chicago Cubs: Four players looking to rebound in 2020
Chicago Cubs: It was a very strange season for the 25-year old slugger in 2019. After a long stint in the minors he looks to stay out of Triple A this coming year.
Right now it feels somewhat uncertain if Ian Happ will even be on the Cubs come spring training. There are reasons to believe he could be part of a trade, but nothing has been rumored or talked about yet. Right now the plan is for him to be suiting up for the North Siders in 2020 until further notice.
Happ spent 99 games in Triple-A last year to work on his swing before being called up late in the season. The walks and slugging has been there, but consistent contact has not. The 32.5 percent K rate is something that has held Happ down in his young career despite the .340 OBP and .816 OPS in 315 games.
When Happ came up for 58 games he hit 11 homers and slashed .264/.333/.564 and 127 wRC+. So those numbers are pretty dang respectable, but the front office would undoubtedly love to see the former first-rounder spend an entire year in Chicago. Fifty-eight games is not a huge sample size but enough to show he is capable of being productive.
Overall we count 2020 as part of this list for the reason that he spent more time in the minors than in the majors trying to fix holes in his swing.