We know Ian Happ has struggled mightily through his first 50 plate appearances this season. But the extent to which he is flailing is pretty eye-popping, especially against strikes.
Happ’s contact rate against pitches inside the strike zone is a lowly 65.1 percent, much lower than the 77.9 percent rate last season. Only Matt Olson of the Oakland Athletics has a worse contact rate inside the zone (64.0 percent) among qualified hitters.
I can’t say that I’m not a little disconcerted with Happ’s performance to start the year. But given his track record and his massive upside, it wouldn’t be that surprising to see him make a swift adjustment.