Cubs’ Ian Happ remains leadoff man despite new options for David Ross

Happ stays leadoff male regardless of brand-new choices for Ross initially appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

We currently understand Joc Pederson is changing Kyle Schwarber in left field, however there’s no strategy today for him to change Ian Happ atop the Cubs lineup.

“In my mind’s eye right now, I still have Happer at the top,” Cubs supervisor David Ross stated Tuesday.

The Cubs leadoff area has actually been a revolving door given that Dexter Fowler left as a totally free representative after the 2016 season. Kris Bryant started 2020 striking initially till he struck the hurt list in August, with Happ taking over from then on.

Happ was among the Cubs’ more constant players last season prior to his numbers dipped throughout a September downturn. He led off 37 times, striking .239/.333/.486 in 162 plate looks.

Ross stated in December the leadoff job would be Happ’s “unless there’s an acquisition that we make that would change anything, where you get a true, proven leadoff hitter.” Pederson definitely has experience striking initially, making 249 profession begins there with the Dodgers while striking .235/.325/.503 in 1,089 plate looks.

Nevertheless, Pederson likewise provides Ross a number of various lineup choices, and the second-year supervisor wishes to develop a complete prepare for the order deeper into spring training. The Cubs’ very first complete team exercise is set up for this coming Monday. 

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“There’s so many things that are unknown,” Ross said. “I know we can look at the numbers and dive into these guys’ histories, but I really do try and give guys clean slates. Every year, for me, is unique, and I know it is as a player. 

“Everybody comes in with tweaks and adjustments they’ve made in the offseason. I’m just going to sit back and watch and see, have these conversations with these guys when they get here and form a plan and a lineup once we see how things are going to play out.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.