MESA, Ariz. -- Ian Happ, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2015 Draft, made the most of his first big league camp.Happ, who was assigned to the Minor League camp on Monday along with John Andreoli and Taylor Davis, batted .417 in 24 Cactus League games, and he made sure
MESA, Ariz. -- Ian Happ, the Cubs' first-round pick in the 2015 Draft, made the most of his first big league camp.
Happ, who was assigned to the Minor League camp on Monday along with John Andreoli and Taylor Davis, batted .417 in 24 Cactus League games, and he made sure to learn as much as he could from people like Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.
"For a guy who's a Hall of Famer and a Cubs legend, it was awesome to have him in the dugout just to chat with him and pick his brain," said Happ, ranked as the club's No. 2 prospect, per MLBPipeline.com.
Eddie Butler and Rob Zastryzny were also trimmed from camp as the two pitchers were optioned to Triple-A Iowa. With the moves, the Cubs' camp roster now is 31.
Happ took advantage of having Sandberg in camp as a guest instructor to ask him about playing second base.
"Early on, I was getting back into the routine of things, and we talked about playing second base," Happ said. "He was obviously the most successful second baseman in Cubs history."
The two discussed Sandberg's pregame routine, and the importance of sticking with it. And Sandberg watched Happ, and after he noticed an adjustment by the young infielder, he mentioned it to him.
"Baseball is routine, routine, routine, and if you can do it 162 times a year, just pound that repetition and muscle memory. For me, going into the start of the year, to lock down something I can do every day will help," Happ said.
And when a Hall of Famer speaks?
"You listen and take it to heart and understand what makes these guys so good is they do the same thing every day and they trust in that and believe in that," Happ said.
The Cubs' spring roster now includes 14 pitchers, four catchers (one non-roster invitee), nine infielders (three non-roster invitees) and four outfielders.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.