What’s that? You’re wondering what Ian Happ is doing in the starring role for this week’s episode? Well, when you are selected for the Carolina League All Star game, there are certain privileges that get floated your way.
How did Happ celebrate? By continuing his torrid pace in June, slashing 10 hits in the last week, including four-straight multi-hit games. He capped things off with a 3-for-4 effort, which included a home run and two RBI, against Portland on Sunday. During the month, Happ is batting .333, getting on base at .427 clip and slugging .526, good enough for 172 wRC+. The No. 3 prospect in the Chicago Cubs’ system, Happ is boasting impressive numbers for the year as a whole (.296/.410/.475, 7 home runs, 42 RBI, 71 hits and 48 walks) and could be challenging Harrison for top billing on the marquee more often very soon.
It was another frigid week at the plate for Harrison, who batted .154 (4-for-26) during the last seven days. He did swat his third home run of the season, sending a Kyle Hendricks pitch over the center field fence during a 10-5 loss to the Cubs on Sunday.
Despite the dinger, Harrison’s average dropped below .300, as it now stands at .293. Back-to-back weeks of slumping performance have not helped his chances at making the All-Star Game, as he was No. 5 among NL second basemen in the most recent voting update.
A 2-for-4 outing against Louisville last Wednesday was a nice bounce back effort for Campana, but it did not last long, as he went just 1-for-13 the rest of the week, watching his batting average fall to .235 in the process. He is batting .240 over his last 10 games and has not stolen a base in that period either.
Like Campana, Walsh did not enjoy many high points this week. He wasn’t used out of the bullpen very much, making just one appearance. In that outing he allowed two hits, two walks and a run in taking his second blown save and loss of the season all at once. His ERA now stands at 2.56 over the course of 31 2/3 innings.