J.A. Happ

J.A. Happ #32

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  • B/T: L/L
  • 6' 5"/205
  • Age: 32


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Pitches: Strikes, Balls


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J.A. Happ 2015 Postseason Stats

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J.A. Happ Postseason Career Stats

0-0 4.82 9.1 10 2.14

J.A. Happ Stats

11-8 3.61 172.0 151 1.27

J.A. Happ MLB Career Stats

62-61 4.13 1012.2 859 1.37

J.A. Happ Bio

  • Full Name: James Anthony Happ
  • Pronunciation: Jay
  • Born: 10/19/1982 in Peru, IL
  • Draft: 2004, Philadelphia Phillies, 3rd rd. (92nd overall)
  • College: Northwestern
  • Debut: June 30, 2007
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Postseason Career Stats 0 0 4.82 8 1 0 9.1 10 2.14
2015 Stats 11 8 3.61 32 31 0 172.0 151 1.27
MLB Career Stats 62 61 4.13 196 171 0 1012.2 859 1.37

J.A. Happ Four-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Pirates NL 1692 Four-seam FB 92.11 92.00 2335.73 6.08 90.00
MLB Avg - - - Four-seam FB 92.89 93.00 2212.21 6.16 90.00


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October 4, 2015 at 7:09 PM ET

Happ excels in Bucs’ final game

Pirates left-hander J.A. Happ won after allowing three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings against the Reds on Sunday.

September 28, 2015 at 10:52 PM ET

Happ tosses six scoreless, strikes out four

Pirates left-hander J.A. Happ, a DraftKings Daily Pick, took a no-decision after throwing six shutout innings. Happ allowed only one hit and zero walks with four strikeouts on Monday against the Pirates.


J.A. Happ Awards

Rookie of the Year (GIBBYs)

Year Team League
2009 Philadelphia NL

MLB Players Choice NL Outstanding Rookie

Year Team League
2009 Philadelphia NL

Phillies Pitcher of the Year

Year Team League
2009 Philadelphia NL

AFL Rising Stars

Year Team League
2006 Peo Saguaros AFL

Baseball America Triple-A All-Star

Year Team League
2008 Lehigh Valley INT

FSL Mid-Season All-Star

Year Team League
2006 Clearwater FSL

J.A. Happ Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2009 2.93 8th in NL


Season W Rank
2009 12 20th in NL


Season WHIP Rank
2009 1.23 16th in NL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2009 .244 17th in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2009 3 3rd in NL
2010 1 16th in NL


Season SHO Rank
2009 2 1st in NL
2010 1 8th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2009 6.45 16th in NL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2009 2.13 18th in NL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2011 83 4th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2011 21 19th in NL
2014 22 13th in AL

J.A. Happ Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
August 1, 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates activated LHP J.A. Happ.
July 31, 2015 Seattle Mariners traded LHP J.A. Happ to Pittsburgh Pirates for RHP Adrian Sampson.
July 20, 2015 Seattle Mariners recalled LHP J.A. Happ from Bakersfield Blaze.
July 9, 2015 Seattle Mariners optioned LHP J.A. Happ to Bakersfield Blaze.
December 3, 2014 Seattle Mariners traded RF Michael Saunders to Toronto Blue Jays for LHP J.A. Happ.
April 14, 2014 Toronto Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ from the 15-day disabled list.
April 10, 2014 Toronto Blue Jays sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to Buffalo Bisons.
April 5, 2014 Toronto Blue Jays sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to Dunedin Blue Jays.
March 26, 2014 Toronto Blue Jays placed LHP J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list. Sore back
August 16, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ from the bereavement list.
August 13, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays placed LHP J.A. Happ on the bereavement list.
August 5, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ from the 60-day disabled list.
July 23, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to Buffalo Bisons.
July 18, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to Dunedin Blue Jays.
July 13, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to GCL Blue Jays.
May 24, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays transferred LHP J.A. Happ from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
May 8, 2013 Toronto Blue Jays placed LHP J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list. Head contusion.
October 31, 2012 Toronto Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ from the 60-day disabled list.
September 24, 2012 Toronto Blue Jays transferred LHP J.A. Happ from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.
September 7, 2012 Toronto Blue Jays placed LHP J.A. Happ on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to September 4, 2012. Fractured right foot.
July 21, 2012 Toronto Blue Jays activated LHP J.A. Happ.
July 20, 2012 Houston Astros Traded RHP Brandon Lyon, LHP J.A. Happ and RHP David Carpenter to Toronto Blue Jays; Toronto Blue Jays Traded RHP Francisco Cordero and LF Ben Francisco to Houston Astros; Bluefield Blue Jays Traded RHP Joe Musgrove to Greeneville Astros; Dunedin Blue Jays Traded RHP Asher Wojciechowski to Corpus Christi Hooks; Lansing Lugnuts Traded LHP David Rollins to Lexington Legends and Lansing Lugnuts Traded C Carlos Perez to Lancaster JetHawks.
August 25, 2011 Houston Astros recalled J.A. Happ from Oklahoma City RedHawks.
August 6, 2011 Houston Astros optioned J.A. Happ to Oklahoma City RedHawks.
July 29, 2010 Houston Astros Traded RHP Roy Oswalt to Philadelphia Phillies; Philadelphia Phillies Traded LHP J.A. Happ to Houston Astros; Clearwater Threshers Traded Anthony Gose to Lancaster JetHawks and Lakewood BlueClaws Traded SS Jonathan Villar to Lexington Legends.
July 25, 2010 Philadelphia Phillies recalled J.A. Happ from Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
July 25, 2010 J.A. Happ roster status changed by Philadelphia Phillies.
July 6, 2010 Philadelphia Phillies optioned J.A. Happ to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
July 6, 2010 J.A. Happ roster status changed by Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
June 29, 2010 Reading Phillies sent LHP J.A. Happ on a rehab assignment to Lehigh Valley IronPigs.
June 12, 2010 J.A. Happ assigned to Reading Phillies from Clearwater Threshers.
June 8, 2010 J.A. Happ assigned to Clearwater Threshers.
April 22, 2010 J.A. Happ roster status changed by Philadelphia Phillies.

James Anthony Happ Bio Info

James Anthony (J.A.) Happ... Name pronounced Jay... Graduate of St. Bede High School in Chicago... Earned team MVP in his senior season and was named Bureau County Athlete of the Year... Was a four year letter winner in baseball and basketball... Averaged 22 points in his senior year in basketball and is all-time leading scorer in St. Bede history... Attended Northwestern for three seasons... Became first Wildcat in history to be named All-Big-Ten in three straight seasons... Led the Big-Ten in ERA (2.68) and strikeouts (106) in his senior season.

Made 26 starts, his most since a career-high 28 in 2011...  Recorded 11 wins, second time in his career with double-digits in wins (12 in 2009 with PHI)... Struck out a career-high 12 batters in 8.0 innings Aug. 7 vs. Baltimore…most strikeouts by a Toronto starter since Aug. 17, 2001 (Morrow - 12)... In 13 starts following the All-Star break, posted a 3.56 ERA (4.91 ERA prior) with 18walks and 69 strikeouts... Allowed LH hitters to bat .268 vs. .259 for RH batters…over past two sea-sons has allowed LH hitters to bat .284 while holding RH batters to a .248 mark... Began the season in the bullpen, making three relief appearances before beinginserted into rotation for balance of season... Opened the season on the 15-day disabled list with a strain in his back…made rehabstarts at A Dunedin and AAA Buffalo before making season debut April 17. at Minnesota

Suffered a skull fracture and sprained knee when struck by a ball off of the bat of Desmond Jennings on May 7 at TB... Missed three months primarily due to the knee injury. Pitched six or more innings in five of his 18 starts. Used 18.6 pitches per inning, the most on the staff and 2nd most in the majors...Only Lucas Harrell of the Astros used more at 18.7. Following his return from his skull fracture/sprained knee, posted a 4.37 ERA (59.2IP/29ER) in 11 starts. Had reverse splits in 2013, allowing left-handed hitters to bat .304 against him while righties hit .229. Since joining the Blue Jays in July 2012, has made 24 starts, going 8-9 with a 4.57 ERA, averaging just under 5.1 innings per start, although has registered a rate of 8.3 strikeouts per nine innings. Made five rehab starts prior to his return on August 7, one in the GCL (rookie), one in Dunedin (A) and three in Buffalo (AAA)...In total was 0-2 with a 4.22 ERA (21.1IP, 21H, 10ER, 8BB, 20K).

2012 Combined to go 10-11 with a 4.79 ERA in 28 games, including 24 starts between Houston and Toronto... Won 10 or more games for the second time in his career... In his 28 starts, team was 13-15 and 3-3 as a Blue Jay... Posted 14 quality starts...Was acquired by Toronto from Houston on July 20 in a 10-player deal...Made four relief appearances for the Blue Jays after being acquired, posting a 5.14 ERA, despite holding opponents to a .200 average... As a starter with Toronto made six starts going 3-2 with a 4.59 ERA, holding the opposition to a .244 average...With Toronto struck out 46 batters in 40.1 innings for a 10.3 strikeout per nine total, becoming one of two Blue Jays pitchers to post a strikeout per nine total of more than 10 (min 40IP) along with Jason Frasor (10.92)...Performs much better after the All-Star break, going 4-2 with a 4.05 ERA as opposed to 6-9 with a 5.14 ERA prior to the break... In his career is now 19-14 with a 3.80 ERA prior to the break and 16-21 with a 4.55 ERA after...Posted a career high with 144 strikeouts... On Aug. 17 vs. TEX recorded six consecutive strikeouts... The mark tied a Blue Jays record done twice previously by Ted Lilly in 2004 and Mark Rzepczynski in 2010... Posted 10 strikeouts on May 27 at LAD, matching a career high...In his final start with Toronto fanned nine Orioles on Sept. 3...Had his season end prematurely with a right foot fracture and had surgery following his Sept. 3 start. 2011 Set career highs in starts and strikeouts (134) after beginning the season as the Astros fourth starter...spent most of the season with the Astros but missed three turns in the rotation after being optioned to Triple A OKC from Aug. 6-24...after his return, went 2-1 with a 2.43 ERA (10ER/37IP), while recording quality starts in five of six outings...allowed only a .175 (22x126) opponent's batting average in that time span....prior to being optioned, went 4-14 with a 6.26 ERA (83ER/119.1IP) in 22 starts... had three months this season with sub-4.00 ERAs (May, Aug., Sept.) and three with plus-6.00 marks (April, June, July)...hit .389 (7x18) with one home run and four RBI in his first 11 games from April 5-May, 29...entered this season with four career hits in 77 at-bats for an .052 avg...in his three turns in the rotation at OKC, went 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA (3ER/18IP) with 16 strikeouts in 18 innings. 2010 Made 13 starts for Houston, posting a 5-4 record and a 3.75 ERA (30ER/72IP), after being acquired by the club from Philadelphia, along with OF Anthony Gose and SS Jonathan Villar, in exchange for RHP Roy Oswalt on July 29...had made three starts for the Phillies from April 9-July 25, going 1-0 with a 1.76 ERA (3ER/15.1IP)...registered quality starts in nine of his 13 starts as an Astro...overall, allowed two runs-or-less in 11 of his 16 starts and three runs-or-less in 13 of his 16 starts...is 4-1 in eight career starts at Minute Maid Park with a 3.22 ERA (16ER/44.2IP)...prior to his last start of the season at the venue, on Oct. 2 vs. CHC (7ER/3IP), had owned a 4-0 record and a 1.94 ERA (9ER/41.2IP) in his previous seven starts at Minute Maid Park, and at the time, was the only pitcher in ballpark history to start at least seven career games at the venue without recording a loss...that 1.94 ERA ranked as the 3rd-lowest at MMP behind only Tim Lincecum (0.34 ERA) and Brandon Webb (1.48) (min. 25IP)...allowed a career-high-tying seven runs in 3.0 innings in his final start of the season on Oct. 2 vs. CHC...also allowed seven runs on Aug. 4 at STL (1IP)...did not allow an earned run over two starts, 12.0 innings, from Sept. 21-26...recorded 10 strikeouts in those 12.0 innings...left-handed hitters hit .179 (12x67) against him this season, the 12th-lowest opponent batting average against lefties among all NL pitchers (min. 50 AB)...his two-hit, complete-game shutout on Aug. 30 vs. STL marked the first time an Astros LHP hurled a complete game allowing two hits-or-less since Bob Knepper had a one-hit, 1-0 shutout over ATL in the Astrodome on Sept. 21, 1988...his win on Aug. 25 at PHI gave him victories against both clubs he's pitched for this season, becoming the 4th pitcher to accomplish this since 2005...he defeated the Astros, 8-0, on April 9 at Minute Maid Park... made his Astros debut on July 30 vs. MIL with 6.0 scoreless innings... became the 7th pitcher in Astros history to toss 6+ shutout innings in his team debut... marked the first time since Roger Clemens (7.0IP) did so on April 7, 2004 vs. SF in a 10-1 Astros victory... following his second start of the season, went on the DL on April 16 with a strained left forearm... did not make an appearance in May... began a rehab assignment on June 8 and made five rehab starts for Clearwater (A), Reading (AA) and Lehigh Valley (AAA) before being reinstated from the 15-day DL on July 6... optioned to Lehigh Valley that day and made three more starts before recalled by the Phillies on July 25... combined to go 1-2 with a 5.97 ERA (25ER/37.2IP) in nine games, eight starts, in the minor leagues this season. 2009 Finished 2nd in the BBWAA's NL Rookie of the Year voting, garnering 94 points (10 first-place votes, 11 second-place votes and 11 third-place votes); was the only player named on every one of the 32 ballots cast by the BBWAA...Won the Players Choice Award for NL Outstanding Rookie, voted by MLB players and presented by the MLBPA, and was named NL Rookie of the Year by The Sporting News...Led all NL rookies in innings (166.0), SO (119), winning % (.750), CG (3) and SHO (2), tied for the lead in wins (12), ranked 2nd in ERA (2.93) and finished 3rd in starts (23) and opponents avg (.244)...Named to the Topps Rookie All-Star team...Became the 1st Phillies rookie with 12 wins in a season since 1959 (Jim Owens . 12-12) and 4th in the last 40 years to pitch 2 SHO in same season (Tom Underwood . 1975, Pat Combs . 1990 and Tyler Green . 1995)...Had the 8th-best ERA among all NL pitchers and T-2nd in winning %...Tied for the team lead in wins and CG and had the best ERA...Began the season in the bullpen...Went 2-0, 2.49 ERA through 12 relief appearances before being moved into the rotation on 5/23 at NYY...Started the season 7-0 before taking his 1st loss, 7/24 vs STL (6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 SO)...Pitched at least 2.0 innings in 6 of his 12 relief appearances...Did not pitch less than 5.1 innings in any start...Pitched his first 2 career SHO: 6/27 at TOR (9.0 IP, 5 H, 4 SO) and 8/5 vs COL (9.0 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 10 SO)...Missed 2 starts due to a right intercostal muscle (oblique) strain suffered in batting practice, 9/5 at HOU...Went 7-2 with an NL-best 1.99 ERA in 18 road games (13 starts)...Held opposing hitters to a .158 avg (21-133) with RISP and .077 (1-13) with the bases loaded...Held left-handed hitters to a .216 avg (32-148)...Went 10-4, 2.99 ERA in 23 starts; the Phillies went 14-9 (.609) in his starts...Collected his 1st ML hit, 7/2 at ATL (Javier Vazquez)...Got his 1st ML RBI, 9/24 at MIL...Made his 1st career postseason start in Game 3 of the NLDS, 10/11 at COL (ND)...Had a 2.70 ERA (1 ER, 3.1 IP) in 6 postseason relief appearances 2008 Winner of the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher in the Phillies minor league system...Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) and had 3 stints with the Phillies...Finished 2nd in the International League in SO (151) and 8th in ERA (3.60); had one fewer SO than the IL leader...Averaged 10.1 SO/9.0 IP...Had 4 double-digit SO games: 5/9 vs Columbus (13 SO), 6/5 at Indianapolis (10 SO), 7/3 vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (12 SO) and 8/10 vs Buffalo (10 SO)...Allowed 3 ER or less in 18 of his 24 appearances...Recalled on 7/4 and made 2 starts (0-0, 3.27 ERA) before being optioned back to LV on 7/10...Pitched 7.0 no-hit innings (12 SO), 7/17 vs Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, in the completion of a suspended game from 7/3...Recalled again on 7/29 and made 1 relief appearance (2.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, SO) before being optioned back to LV on 8/8...Had his final recall on 9/1 and made 2 starts, both against ATL (1-0, 1.42 ERA, .178 opp avg)...Earned his 1st ML win, 9/17 at ATL (6.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 2 SO)...Pitched at least 6.0 innings in 3 of his 4 ML starts ...Went 1-0, 2.28 ERA in his 4 starts; 0-0, 7.88 ERA in 4 relief appearances...Was hitless for the season: 0-for-10 in the minor leagues, 0-for-7 in the majors. 2007 Went to spring training with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee... Spent most of the season with Ottawa (AAA)... Averaged 10.7 SO/9.0 IP through his first 6 starts (38 SO/32.0 IP)... Had his contract purchased on 6/30 and made his ML debut that day in a start vs NYM (L, 4.0 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)... Was optioned back to Ottawa following the game... Posted a 1.99 ERA (7 ER, 31.2 IP) and averaged 10.2 SO/9.0 IP (36 SO) over a 5-start span,7/29- 8/20... Struck out a season-high 10 batters, 8/14 vs Pawtucket (6.0 IP)... Allowed 3 ER or less in 15 of his 24 starts... Did not hit a batter all season or allow more than 1 HR in any start. 2006 Began the season with Clearwater (A)...Had 2 career-best 10-SO games: 5/10 at Brevard County (8.0 IP) and 6/6 at Lakeland (8.0 IP)...Selected as a Florida State League in-season all-star...Promoted to Reading (AA) on 6/30 and struck out 8 batters that night in his double-A debut (4.2 IP)...Collected his 1st professional hit and tied his career-high with 10 SO (5.2 IP), 7/13 vs Harrisburg...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 7/17-23 (2-0, 0.64 ERA) and was later named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July (5-0, 1.93 ERA)...Had 5 consecutive wins, 7/5-29...Did not allow a HR through his first 11 starts with Reading (68.2 IP) ...Promoted to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (AAA) on 9/4...Earned the win in his only triple-A start, 9/4 at Rochester (6.0 IP, 3 H, BB, 4 SO)...Participated in the Arizona Fall League...Rated the 8th-best prospect in the Phillies' minor league system by Baseball America. 2005 Began the season with Lakewood (A)...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week twice: 5/9-15 and 8/29-9/4...Promoted to Reading (AA), 9/4, and pitched the final game of their season (W, 6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 8 SO). 2004 Began his pro career with Batavia (A)...Had a season-best 7 SO in 3.0 IP, 8/23 vs Auburn...Earned his 1st pro win in his next start, 8/28 vs Auburn...Posted a 1.38 ERA in August...Pitched in the Florida Instructional League.