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The Chicago Cubs‘ Ian Happ is trying to cut down on his stri

Posted: Fri Jun 28, 2019 10:46 am
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DES MOINES Travis Wood Jersey , Iowa (AP) — keouts without thinking about cutting down on his strikeouts.Happ was optioned to Triple-A Iowa in late March after a terrible spring training at the plate.Happ totaled 39 home runs during the past two seasons but struck out 296 times. The 24-year-old utility player has struck out nine times in 27 at-bats so far for the I-Cubs, but has a team-high eight RBIs in six games.“It’s more of a mental battle than a physical battle,” Happ said Tuesday. “It’s not like you’re not able to put the ball in play. It’s that you put so much pressure on yourself that you know that if you strike out that it’s going to be an issue.”Happ, the ninth overall pick of the 2015 amateur draft out of the University of Cincinnati, Chicago in less than two seasons. After finishing eighth in 2017 NL Rookie of the Year voting, Happ opened the Cubs’ 2018 season with a leadoff homer in Miami.But hisOPS dropped 81 points and his slugging percentage fell by over 100 points from his rookie year. He hit .135 in 17 spring training games this year , earning a trip to Des Moines.Happ said he felt pressure “when you feel like strikeouts are dependent on, or are a key factor in your playing time.”He is happy with the mechanics of his swing, especially from the left side. But Happ also knows that the Cubs will need to see him put the ball in play much more often before he gets called up again.“It’s a little bit different when the strikeout rate is in a place where it is and you have to make those adjustments without thinking about strikeouts,” he said. Run, Billy, Run!"WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections Royals Trade Rumors & Hot StoveRoyals Minor Leagues & ProspectsRoyals Review ClassicRoyals Review Users GuideThe 100 Greatest Royals Of All TimeRoyals RumblingsRoyals Rumblings - News for March 14 Jose Iglesias Jersey , 2019New,226commentsRun, Billy, Run!EDTShareTweetShareShareRoyals Rumblings - News for March 14, 2019Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY SportsRoyals Rumblings - News for March 14, 2019The Royals think a chance of scenery can be good for speedsters like Billy Hamilton.Jeffrey Flanagan looks at the competition among pitchers.In his Mellinger Minutes Denny McLain Jersey , Sam looks at whether the Royals can be contenders in three years.Mike Petriello of finds the Royals are projected to have the best defense in baseball.Ther Royals hand out organizational awards.Leigh Oleszczak at KC Kingdom thinks Whit Merrifield may be the best option in right field.Owners and players agree to just one July 31 trade deadline and an “Election Day” for All-Star voting.Reliever Tony Sipp signs with the Nationals.White Sox uber-prospect Eloy Jimenez will begin the year in the minors.Jacob deGrom is optimistic about a contract extension.Jayson Stark writes about how nobody likes 30-year old players anymore.The Orioles may be one of the most anonymous teams ever.Legalized sports gambling adds a new wrinkle to lineup decisions.The Chiefs release safety Eric Berry.James Corden pranks David Beckham with a statue.Could we combat climate change by spraying chemicals in the air?Every Star Trek captain, ranked by competency.How the band Rascal Flatts wanted to open a chain of restaurants and got mixed up with the mafia instead.Your song of the day is Phantom Planet with Big Brat.