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Will Cubs prospect Happ make a 2017 impact?

Cubs prospect Ian Happ is off to a hot start and could make an impact with the MLB team this season. AP

One might think the last place to expect an emerging hitting prospect to matter would be with the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, but Ian Happ homered three times in his first four games for Triple-A Iowa, and the 22-year-old switch-hitter doesn’t look far from big league relevance. Happ’s streak of homering in three consecutive games ended in Oklahoma City on Monday night as the Cubs were celebrating their title with a 3-2 Wrigley Field win over the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the team’s top pick from 2015 could be joining them this summer.