The Chicago Cubs needed a little spark early in the 2017 season, and they got results from star prospect Ian Happ.
Chicago's number two prospect and 23rd in all of baseball homered against the St Louis Cardinals for his first MLB hit on Saturday.
Happ took St Louis ace Carlos Martinez deep in the seventh inning for an estimated 413-foot blast with Albert Almora Jr. on base.
The switch-hitting Happ had nine home runs and 25 RBI for Triple-A Iowa this season before getting the promotion. The Cubs hope he can jump-start an otherwise stagnant start to the season.
While the Cubs are nowhere near panic mode, they certainly have some things to worry about as Saturday's loss dropped them to 18-18.
The reigning World Series champions are in the bottom five in the National League of multiple offensive categories, including batting average (11th), slugging percentage (12th) and OPS (12th), and they are in the top five in strikeouts entering Saturday's game.
In addition to his bat, Happ will give the Cubs a lot of versatility on defence. While he is listed as an outfielder and will man right field in Jason Heyward's immediate absence, he played second base in college and has played many positions through the years since being drafted in the first round out of Cincinnati.