Ian, the Cubs first round selection in the 2015 draft, made his major league debut in 2017...has batted .248 (270-for-1,089) with 54 doubles, seven triples, 62 homers and 170 RBI in 372 games with the Cubs...Became the fastest player in Cubs history to reach 20 homers, doing so in just 89-career games...Has batted .265 (319-for-1,202) with 71 doubles, 49 homers and 184 RBI in 326 minor league games...Rated as the Cubs second-best prospect entering the 2017 season by Baseball America...was third-best entering 2016...Ranked as the 28th-best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com’s Top 100 entering the 2017 season...Attended the University of Cincinnati where in 2015 he was named a First-Team All-American by ABCA and D1Baseball.com, a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year...was a first-team Academic All-American as well...Was a two-time Cape Cod League All-Star with Harwich (2013-14)…Graduated from Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania...batted .449 in four seasons with 33 doubles, 12 homers and 65 RBI.
Ian was one of the Cubs’ most consistent hitters throughout the season, batting .258 (51-for-198) with 11 doubles, one triple, 12 homers and 28 RBI in 57 games...Led the team with 51 hits, 12 homers, 100 total bases and a .866 OPS....Among N.L. switch-hitters, ranked first with a .505 slugging, .361 OBP, 12 homers and 30 walks...Connected on four game-opening home runs, tied for second-most in the majors...Had two multi-homer games, August 30 at Cincinnati and September 5 (game one) vs St. Louis...On September 1 at Pittsburgh, he belted his third lead-off homer of the season then delivered a game-winning RBI single in the 11th frame...Became the first Cub to hit a leadoff blast and record the game-winning RBI in extra innings since Brian McRae did so, May 9, 1997 at San Francisco in a 5-3, 14-inning victory...Hit a two-run homer on Opening Day, July 24 vs. Milwaukee, accounting for two of the three runs in the Cubs’ 3-0 shutout victory...Posted similar averages against lefties and righties, posting a .260 average (39-for-150) vs. righties and a .250 average (12-for-48) vs. lefties...however, had more power vs. righties, posting a .915 OPS...had just a .713 OPS against lefties.
Ian began the season with Triple-A Iowa, appearing in 99 games before being promoted to Chicago, July 26...batted .264 (37-for-140) with seven doubles, 11 homers and 30 RBI in 58 games with the Cubs...His .264 average, .898 OPS and .564 slugging percentage were all career-best marks...saw his plate appearance per strikeout rate improve from 2.77 in 2018 to 4.00 in 2019....Made at least three starts at first base, second base, third base, left field and center field...also made one start in right field...played the most innings at second base (82.2 innings) and center field (64.1)....Drew a career-high tying three walks and scored three runs, July 28 at Milwaukee....Connected on his fourth-career pinch-homer, August 5 vs. Oakland....Went 2-for-4 with a game-winning grand slam, August 7 vs. Oakland...marked his second-career grand slam...followed the performance up with another four-RBI game the following night, August 8 at Cincinnati, going 2-for5 with a homer, two runs and four RBI....Had a career-high tying seven-game hitting streak (.522/12-for-23), September 21-28, including three multi-hit efforts and five outings with at least two RBI....Was named N.L. Player of the Week, September 23-29...batted .455 (10-for-22) with six runs scored, three doubles, four home runs, 10 RBI, two walks and a 1.136 slugging percentage....Notched his fifth-career multi-homer game, September 28 at St. Louis, going 3-for-5 with two homers and four RBI in the Cubs' 8-6 triumph....Had at least two RBI in four-straight games, September 25-28...marked the longest streak by a Cub since Geovany Soto, September 6-12, 2009....Batted .242 (87-for-359) with 18 doubles, 16 homers, 53 RBI and a .364 on-base percentage in 99 games with Iowa...hit .324 (24-for-74) with five home runs and a .451 on-base percentage in 20 games in July.
Ian played 142 games in his first full season for the Cubs, and was tied for second on the team with 70 walks, contributing to a .353 on-base percentage ... Recorded a .429 OBP as a pinch-hitter, the eighth-best mark in the N.L. ... went 7-for-23 (.304) with a team-high two pinch-homers and four walks ... Played every position except for catcher and shortstop, including at least 10 starts at all three outfield positions, as well as third base ... made his most starts in center field (49) ... Had a .816 OPS against right-handed pitching and a .608 OPS against left-handed hurlers ... His 15 home runs ranked tied for sixth-most among N.L. switch-hitters ... Batted .359 (14-for-39) with a 1.069 OPS off the bench ... Posted a .379 on-base percentage with a .256 average (60-for-234) and 11 homers prior to the All-Star Break ... however, produced a .313 on-base percentage and hit .196 (30-for-153) with four homers after the All-Star Break ... Belted the MLB season's very first pitch for a leadoff home run on Opening Day, March 29 at Miami ... became the first player to go deep on the MLB season's first pitch since Boston's Dwight Evans in 1986 ... Marked the first Opening Day leadoff homer by a Cub since Alfonso Soriano in 2009 ... Reached base safely in 16-straight games, May 6-26 ... posted a .462 OBP during the stretch ... Homered from both sides of the plate, May 7 vs. Miami, his fourth-career multi-homer effort ... Was the first Cub to homer from both sides of the plate in the same game since Dioner Navarro on May 29, 2013 vs. the White Sox ... Became the fifth Cub to accomplish the feat and, at age 23, surpassed Augie Galan at age 25 in 1937 as the youngest to do so ... Homered in both games of a doubleheader, May 19 at Cincinnati, becoming the first Cub to do so since Chris Coghlan, July 8, 2014 at Cincinnati ... was a single shy of the cycle in game one ... Went 5-for-11 with two doubles, one triple, two homers, five runs scored and nine walks in the club's four-game set at Cincinnati, May 18-20 ... his nine walks contributed to a .700 OBP in the series ... Scored a career-high three runs, July 14 at San Diego ... Made his first career pitching appearance, July 20 vs. St. Louis ... allowed just one hit in a scoreless ninth inning in the Cubs 18-5 setback ... Hit a game-winning three-run homer in the seventh inning, September 14 vs. Cincinnati ... erased a 2-0 deficit and lifted the Cubs to a 3-2 win.
Ian made his major league debut in May and went on to hit 24 homers, the third-most by a rookie in Cubs franchise history and second-most ever by a switch-hitting rookie in the N.L. ... was the second-most by a Cubs player in his first major league season... Became the fastest player in franchise history to hit 20 homers, doing so in 89 games ... surpassed Kyle Schwarber's 97 games to reach 20 homers... Hit 13 homers prior to the All-Star Break, the second-most in club history by a rookie (Geovany Soto, 16 in 2008)... Despite spending the first month of the season at Triple-A, set franchise rookie records for a switch-hitter in homers (24), extra-base hits (44), slugging percentage (.514) and OPS (.842)... Ranked among the top five National League rookies in runs (62, 3rd), RBI (68, 3rd), stolen bases, (8, t-3rd), homers (24, 5th) and walks (39, 4th)... Tied for third on the team with 30 two-out RBI ... his 30 two-out RBI were tied for the second-most among N.L. rookies ... his 14 go-ahead RBI were tied for fourth on the Cubs... Started games at five positions: center field (41), second base (28), left field (11), right field (8), and third base (1) ... was the first Cubs player (and rookie) to start at five different spots on the diamond since Kris Bryant did so in 2015 ... he is just the 10th Cubs player to start at five defensive positions in a single season since at least 1910 ... thanks Ed Hartig... Batted .276 (29-for-105) with five homers as a right-handed batter and .243 (63-for-259) with 19 homers as a left-handed batter... Made his major league debut, May 13 at St. Louis, and hit a homer in the seventh inning for his first major league hit ... became the first Cubs player to homer in his first major league game since Jorge Soler, August 27, 2014 and the first to homer as their first hit since Willson Contreras, June 19, 2016... Homered in his first-career game at Wrigley Field, May 16 vs. Cincinnati ... became the first Cub to homer in his first MLB home game and first MLB road game since Carmelo Martinez in 1983 ... credit to NBC Sports Chicago's Chris Kamka... Hit his first-career grand slam, June 13 at the Mets ... at 22 years, 305 days old, he became the youngest switch-hitter in franchise history with a grand slam, besting Larry Corcoran's inside-the-park grand slam, June 20, 1882 at 22 years, 314 days old... Led the Cubs with eight homers in June, the second-most homers by a Cubs rookie in June in franchise history (Mandy Brooks, nine, June of 1925)... Notched three multi-homer games: June 4 vs. St. Louis, July 2 at Cincinnati and August 17 vs. Cincinnati ... joined Kyle Schwarber as the only Cubs players with three multi-homer games within their first 78-career games played... Hit his first-career pinch-hit homer, August 13 at Arizona... Clubbed a two-out, three-run go-ahead homer in the eighth inning in the Cubs' 5-4 victory over Cincinnati, September 29... Had four games with four RBI, one of just three Cubs players to accomplish the feat (also Anthony Rizzo, 6, and Kyle Schwarber, 4)... Batted .367 (22-for-60) with four homers and 13 RBI in a 15-game span, June 20-July 5 ... had two seven-game hitting streaks within that span, which marked his season-long hitting streaks... Was promoted from Iowa after batting .298 (31-for-104) with six doubles, nine homers, 25 RBI, 21 runs scored and a .977 OPS in 26 games... Went 1-for-7 with a walk in five postseason games with the Cubs.
In his first full season, Ian batted .279 (136-for-488) with 30 doubles, 15 homers and 73 RBI in 134 games between Single-A Myrtle Beach and Double-A Tennessee ... was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star with Myrtle Beach, twice earning Player of the Week honors... Named the Cubs Minor League Player of the Month for June after batting .422 with nine doubles, four homers, 21 RBI and 16 walks... Began the season with Myrtle Beach and batted .296 (71-for-240) in 69 games ... collected 16 doubles, three triples, seven homers and 42 RBI while stealing 10 bases ... was promoted to Tennessee, June 23... Recorded 11 hits in his first four games with the Smokies, including three three-hit games ... finished with a .262 average (65-for-248), 14 doubles and eight homers in 65 games with Tennessee... Collected two multi-homer games: April 18 with Myrtle Beach at Winston-Salem and September 2 with Tennessee at Montgomery
After being drafted in the first round of the June draft, Ian batted .259 (65- for-251) in his first pro action ... began his career with Single-A Eugene, appearing in 29 games before being promoted to Single-A South Bend where he finished the campaign... Batted .283 (30-for-106) with eight doubles and four homers in 29 games with the Emeralds ... after being promoted to South Bend, he batted .241 (35-for-145) in 38 games in the Midwest League... Hit his first professional home run, June 20, with Eugene at Everett ... also homered the next day... With South Bend, he batted .257 (29-for-113) against righties and .188 (6-for-32) against lefties.