Ian, the Cubs' first round selection in the 2015 draft, made his major league debut in 2017 ... hit 24 homers in his debut campaign, the second-most homers ever by a switch-hitting N.L. rookie (Pittsburgh's Josh Bell, 26 in 2017)... Became the fastest player in Cubs history to reach 20 homers, doing so just 89-career games... Batted .275 (232-for-843) with 53 doubles, seven triples, 33 homers and 131 RBI in 227 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 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.