Ian Happ and Monster Spring Training’s are actually very common for the probable 2018 leadoff hitter. Happ also had a stellar 2017 Spring Training that would carry into the regular season that resulted in a strong candidacy for NL Rookie of the Year.
In 29 games of Spring Training last year, Ian Happ hit .383 with 23 hits, 5 homers, 21 RBI, and 6 BB. Pretty good numbers for Happ in his first full Spring Training and first MLB season. He was of course highly praised and some thought that one month was too long before he was brought up. If you remember, Happ was tearing it up in Iowa after this stellar Spring Training and got called up on May 13th to Chicago. He hit a home run in his major league debut.
With the same type of expectations ahead of this season and the potential of being the leadoff hitter, Ian Happ has knocked them out of the park, literally. In 17 games, a slightly less number in 2018, Ian Happ is hitting .333 with 16 hits, 7 home runs, 12 RBI, and 6 BB.
What is very encouraging about these numbers from this Spring, is that Happ has a 94.1% chance of a hit in one game. Last Spring, that number was a tad under 80 percent right at 79.3% chance. He is homering in 41.2% of his games this Spring, compared to just 17.2% last Spring.
We can keep going down the list of stats, Happ’s performance in Spring Training this season has been incredible. He has been tearing it up outside of all these leadoff home runs which have become a recurring theme each game. Prepare for 2018 to hold big things for Ian Happ, and he should have a very good chance at bringing home the MVP award.