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Thursday, February 8, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL DRAFT SLEEPER: IAN HAPP 2B/OF CHICAGO CUBS

Yes the endless train of top prospects emanating from the Chicago Cubs farm system shows no signs of slowing down and in fact, the 2018 season will see a major dose of homegrown talent shaping the team's fortunes.  Whether it is catcher Wilson Contreras, third baseman Kris Bryant, or infielder Javier Baez, the Cubs are stacked to the gills with controllable talent.  In addition to that trio, the Cubs will also employ second baseman Ian Happ who of course was originally the 9th overall pick in the 2015 draft and from the beginning has been considered a true crown jewel of a talent.  Happ made his debut with the Cubs in 2017 and while he played in only 115 gamws, he did more than impress by posting the following numbers:

.253
24 HR
68 RBI
62 R
8 SB

When you consider that Happ didn't even play close to a full season, yet still was able to post 24 homers, it really speaks to the power talent here.  Even more impressive and intriguing for fantasy baseball purposes is the fact Happ stole 8 bases and gained eligibility at both second base and the outfield.  This is a true 30-home run talent who could very well be in the ballpark of a 30-HR/80-RBI/10-12 SB campaign in 2018.

On the flip side, Happ has some major holes in his swing that do need to be remedied.  Specifically speaking, Happ struck out at a crazy 31 percent clip and that is why he hit just .253.  Counting on Happ to hit more than .270 this season would be foolish but that is about the only knock we have here on a major talent.  Big aggressively on Happ this spring as he is set to really post some impressive numbers.

2018 PROJECTION:  .263 28 HR 84 RBI 77 R 10 SB


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