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Birth Date10-19-1982
Height6' 5"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 2 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
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0.62011
1.92012
0.92013
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2007 PHI 24 1 1 4.0 4.0 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 21 7 5 5 3 17 2 2 0 5 11.25 11.93 9.96 -1.5 -0.1
2008 PHI 25 8 4 31.7 23.7 8.0 1 0 0 0 3 0 138 28 13 13 3 41 14 13 1 26 3.69 4.12 4.85 1.3 0.1
2009 PHI 26 35 23 166.0 144.3 21.7 12 4 0 0 14 0 685 149 55 54 20 244 56 54 5 119 2.93 4.29 4.33 14.5 1.5
2010 HOU 27 13 13 72.0 72.0 0.0 5 4 0 0 9 0 304 60 33 30 7 95 35 34 1 61 3.75 4.18 4.82 -0.7 -0.1
2010 PHI 27 3 3 15.3 15.3 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 70 13 4 3 1 19 12 12 0 9 1.76 5.13 5.03 -0.2 -0.0
2011 HOU 28 28 28 156.3 156.3 0.0 6 15 0 0 11 2 698 157 103 93 21 268 83 78 2 134 5.35 4.66 4.85 7.6 0.6
2012 HOU 29 18 18 104.3 104.3 0.0 7 9 0 0 12 0 457 112 58 56 17 196 39 39 1 98 4.83 4.53 4.78 4.1 0.5
2012 TOR 29 10 6 40.3 33.3 7.0 3 2 0 0 2 0 170 35 21 21 2 57 17 16 1 46 4.69 2.75 2.61 13.2 1.4
2013 TOR 30 18 18 92.7 92.7 0.0 5 7 0 0 5 0 415 91 53 47 10 146 45 45 2 77 4.56 4.34 4.45 8.5 0.9
2014 TOR 31 28 24 144.7 139.7 5.0 9 11 0 0 11 0 620 149 75 70 20 256 48 48 2 124 4.35 4.27 4.72 6.9 0.9
Career162138827.3785.741.749530067235788014203921041339351341156994.264.354.5853.75.6

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 BAT A- 11 11 35.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .247 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LWD A 14 12 72.3 3.23 121 .229 .256 .332 .388 .261 .286 83 14.6 1.4 14.6 1.4
2005 REA AA 1 1 6.0 2.43 -21 .000 .241 .324 .341 .210 .231 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2006 CLR A+ 13 13 80.1 4.76 88 .232 .251 .326 .369 .258 .255 86 5.6 0.6 5.6 0.6
2006 REA AA 12 12 74.1 2.59 138 .234 .247 .316 .362 .258 .297 96 19.2 2.0 19.0 1.9
2006 SWB AAA 1 1 6.0 4.98 82 .202 .263 .322 .381 .253 .118 97 -0.2 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2007 PHI MLB 1 1 4.0 9.96 10 .410 .268 .336 .427 .269 .364 109 -1.3 -0.1 -1.5 -0.1
2007 OTT AAA 24 24 118.3 4.87 84 .270 .263 .334 .405 .263 .317 90 1.3 0.1 -0.3 -0.1
2008 PHI MLB 8 4 31.7 4.85 95 .239 .260 .327 .413 .262 .266 99 2.0 0.2 1.3 0.1
2008 LEH AAA 24 23 135.0 5.31 73 .247 .266 .337 .414 .268 .308 88 -3.3 -0.3 -4.4 -0.7
2009 PHI MLB 35 23 166.0 4.33 102 .245 .260 .327 .412 .261 .267 97 16.7 1.7 14.5 1.5
2010 HOU MLB 13 13 72.0 4.82 80 .260 .251 .313 .397 .262 .265 91 0.7 0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2010 PHI MLB 3 3 15.3 5.03 74 .276 .251 .309 .374 .251 .250 91 -0.1 -0.0 -0.2 -0.0
2010 CLR A+ 1 1 3.0 4.42 94 .205 .255 .316 .412 .256 .273 95 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.0
2010 REA AA 3 3 12.3 7.19 62 .293 .245 .317 .370 .246 .366 116 -0.9 -0.1 -0.9 -0.1
2010 LEH AAA 5 4 22.3 4.89 88 .318 .265 .323 .424 .255 .348 92 -0.8 -0.1 0.3 0.0
2011 HOU MLB 28 28 156.3 4.85 85 .294 .251 .313 .390 .257 .298 101 4.0 0.4 7.6 0.6
2011 OKL AAA 3 3 18.0 3.56 133 .192 .271 .338 .442 .259 .239 101 5.5 0.5 5.9 0.5
2012 HOU MLB 18 18 104.3 4.78 85 .291 .252 .310 .401 .257 .315 97 3.6 0.4 4.1 0.5
2012 TOR MLB 10 6 40.3 2.61 144 .253 .256 .325 .425 .268 .317 105 13.2 1.4 13.2 1.4
2013 TOR MLB 18 18 92.7 4.45 98 .273 .252 .314 .392 .263 .288 102 8.5 0.9 8.5 0.9
2013 DUN A+ 1 1 5.0 2.08 156 .134 .273 .356 .386 .273 .300 103 1.9 0.2 1.9 0.2
2013 BUF AAA 3 3 13.3 5.62 76 .311 .251 .329 .372 .254 .385 99 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2013 BLJ Rk 1 1 3.0 6.22 75 .261 .269 .348 .382 .285 .286 101 -0.3 -0.0 -0.3 -0.0
2014 TOR MLB 28 24 144.7 4.72 93 .277 .253 .312 .393 .262 .303 106 7.4 0.8 6.9 0.9
2014 DUN A+ 1 1 5.0 3.80 130 .204 .215 .268 .312 .213 .250 117 1.1 0.1 1.1 0.1
2014 BUF AAA 1 1 4.7 4.41 103 .276 .255 .337 .388 .262 .364 97 0.4 0.0 0.4 0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 BAT A- 1 2 0 11 11 35.7 22 18 37 1 0% .247 5.5 4.5 0.3 9.3 1.12 2.02 0.0 0.0
2005 LWD A 4 4 0 14 12 72.3 57 26 70 3 47% .286 7.1 3.2 0.4 8.7 1.15 2.37 14.6 1.4
2005 REA AA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 2 8 0 54% .231 4.5 3.0 0.0 12.0 0.83 1.50 1.9 0.2
2006 SWB AAA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 3 1 4 1 39% .118 4.5 1.5 1.5 6.0 0.67 1.50 -0.2 -0.0
2006 REA AA 6 2 0 12 12 74.1 58 29 81 2 41% .297 7.0 3.5 0.2 9.8 1.17 2.67 19.0 1.9
2006 CLR A+ 3 7 0 13 13 80.1 63 19 77 9 51% .255 7.1 2.1 1.0 8.7 1.02 2.81 5.6 0.6
2007 OTT AAA 4 6 0 24 24 118.3 118 62 117 12 34% .317 9.0 4.7 0.9 8.9 1.52 5.02 -0.3 -0.1
2007 PHI MLB 0 1 0 1 1 4.0 7 2 5 3 14% .364 15.8 4.5 6.8 11.2 2.25 11.25 -1.5 -0.1
2008 LEH AAA 8 7 0 24 23 135.0 116 48 151 14 44% .308 7.7 3.2 0.9 10.1 1.21 3.60 -4.4 -0.7
2008 PHI MLB 1 0 0 8 4 31.7 28 14 26 3 35% .266 8.0 4.0 0.9 7.4 1.33 3.69 1.3 0.1
2009 PHI MLB 12 4 0 35 23 166.0 149 56 119 20 40% .267 8.1 3.0 1.1 6.5 1.23 2.93 14.5 1.5
2010 LEH AAA 0 1 0 5 4 22.3 26 15 22 3 51% .348 10.5 6.1 1.2 8.9 1.84 4.84 0.3 0.0
2010 HOU MLB 5 4 0 13 13 72.0 60 35 61 7 41% .265 7.5 4.4 0.9 7.6 1.32 3.75 -0.7 -0.1
2010 PHI MLB 1 0 0 3 3 15.3 13 12 9 1 37% .250 7.6 7.0 0.6 5.3 1.63 1.76 -0.2 -0.0
2010 CLR A+ 0 1 0 1 1 3.0 3 0 2 0 64% .273 9.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 1.00 6.00 0.2 0.0
2010 REA AA 1 0 0 3 3 12.3 18 4 10 3 45% .366 13.2 2.9 2.2 7.3 1.79 8.05 -0.9 -0.1
2011 OKL AAA 1 0 0 3 3 18.0 11 9 16 0 41% .239 5.5 4.5 0.0 8.0 1.11 1.50 5.9 0.5
2011 HOU MLB 6 15 0 28 28 156.3 157 83 134 21 35% .298 9.0 4.8 1.2 7.7 1.54 5.35 7.6 0.6
2012 TOR MLB 3 2 0 10 6 40.3 35 17 46 2 38% .317 7.8 3.8 0.4 10.3 1.29 4.69 13.2 1.4
2012 HOU MLB 7 9 0 18 18 104.3 112 39 98 17 48% .315 9.7 3.4 1.5 8.5 1.45 4.83 4.1 0.5
2013 BUF AAA 0 2 0 3 3 13.3 17 8 13 2 44% .385 11.5 5.4 1.4 8.8 1.88 6.75 -0.1 -0.0
2013 DUN A+ 0 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 0 7 0 10% .300 5.4 0.0 0.0 12.6 0.60 0.00 1.9 0.2
2013 TOR MLB 5 7 0 18 18 92.7 91 45 77 10 38% .288 8.8 4.4 1.0 7.5 1.47 4.56 8.5 0.9
2013 BLJ Rk 0 0 0 1 1 3.0 4 0 0 0 64% .286 12.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.33 0.00 -0.3 -0.0
2014 BUF AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 5 2 6 1 33% .364 9.6 3.9 1.9 11.6 1.50 1.93 0.4 0.0
2014 TOR MLB 9 11 0 28 24 144.7 149 48 124 20 41% .303 9.3 3.0 1.2 7.7 1.36 4.35 6.9 0.9
2014 DUN A+ 1 0 0 1 1 5.0 3 1 5 0 75% .250 5.4 1.8 0.0 9.0 0.80 3.60 1.1 0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 541 0.4972 0.4325 0.8547 0.6357 0.2316 0.9006 0.7302 0.1410
2009 2610 0.5249 0.4519 0.8270 0.6197 0.2661 0.8799 0.6909 0.1713
2010 1560 0.4782 0.4365 0.8194 0.6394 0.2506 0.8721 0.6961 0.1806
2011 2960 0.4801 0.4393 0.8246 0.6460 0.2482 0.8660 0.7251 0.1738
2012 2532 0.5154 0.4672 0.7963 0.6406 0.2828 0.8624 0.6369 0.2029
2013 1722 0.5064 0.4521 0.8201 0.6353 0.2635 0.8773 0.6786 0.1799
2014 2516 0.5270 0.4626 0.8454 0.6350 0.2706 0.8895 0.7298 0.1546
Career144410.50610.45150.82370.6360.26290.87530.69580.1753

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-26 2014-04-13 15-DL 18 12 - Low Back Inflammation - -
2014-03-04 2014-03-19 Camp 15 0 - Low Back Tightness - -
2013-05-08 2013-08-05 60-DL 89 77 - Head Fracture Batted Ball and Laceration - -
2012-09-04 2012-10-04 60-DL 30 28 Right Foot Surgery Fracture 2012-09-13 -
2011-03-29 2011-03-31 Camp 2 0 Left Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2010-04-16 2010-07-06 15-DL 81 72 Left Forearm Strain Flexor Pronator Mass -
2009-10-08 2009-10-08 DTD 0 0 Left Lower Leg Contusion Batted Ball Off Shin -
2009-09-18 2009-09-18 DTD 0 0 Right Abdomen Soreness Oblique -
2009-09-03 2009-09-18 DTD 15 15 Right Trunk Strain Intercostal -
2007-09-29 2007-09-29 WIN 0 0 Left Elbow Strain -
2007-05-30 2007-06-14 Minors 15 0 Left Elbow Inflammation -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 TOR $200,000
2014 TOR $5,200,000
2013 TOR $3,700,000
2012 HOU $2,350,000
2011 HOU $474,000
2010 PHI $470,000
2009 PHI $405,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$7,399,000
2011Current$5,200,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$12,599,000
1 yrFuture$200,000
7 yrTotal$12,799,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 47 dJay Fee Sports1 year/$3.7M (2013)

Details
  • 1 year/$5.4M (2014), plus 2015 club option. Signed extension with Toronto 3/27/13. 14:$5.2M, 15:$6.7M club option, $0.2M buyout.
  • 1 year/$3.7M (2013). Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.35M (2012). Re-signed by Houston 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Toronto in trade from Houston 7/20/12.
  • 1 year/$0.474M (2011). Re-signed by Houston 2/27/11.
  • 1 year/$0.47M (2010). Re-signed by Philadelphia 2/10. Acquired by Houston in trade from Philadelphia 7/28/10 (Roy Oswalt deal).
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Re-signed by Philadelphia 3/3/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Philadelphia.
  • 1 year (2007). Contract purchased by Philadelphia 6/30/07.
  • Drafted by Philadelphia 2004 (3-92) (Northwestern). $0.42M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .337 .418 .272
11 vs R (Multi) .249 .334 .427 .275
18 Split (Multi) .026 .003 -.009 -.002
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.026 -.032 -.063 -.030
30 vs L (2013) .304 .371 .431 .293
31 vs R (2013) .229 .319 .389 .259
38 Split (2013) .075 .052 .042 .033
39 LgAvg (2013) -.025 -.031 -.062 -.029

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-05-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)In the wake of the scary J.A. Happ injury, I'm wondering how much attention today's pitching coaches pay to having pitchers land in a good defensive position. Is there more or less attention given to this issue now than in the past? (Needless to say, I don't mean to suggest by my question that Happ should have or could have defended himself from that screaming line drive.) Thanks.
(Rob from DC)
Coaches spend considerable time on PFP (pitcher fielding practice), yet the mechanical focus is tilted toward generating the best possible stuff, and some of the popular strategies are not conducive to finding a strong defensive position. Players with mechanical efficiency will often finish in position to make a play, but that efficiency is often sacrificed in the name of creating angles and deception. For example, a spine-tilting pitcher who lacks balance will typically finish by falling off the mound to the glove side. (Doug Thorburn)
2011-02-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Not much ca-- it's the single most popular cheese in the world! On a more serious note, am I crazy to think that J.A. Happ can actually earn his $1 salary in my NL-only 5x5 league?
(clete6 from cheese shop)
For the record, I enjoy all manifestations of the terpsichorean muse. As for Happ -- sure, he should be worth a buck. His walk and strikeout rates don't exactly shout "trust me", but so far he's kept runs off the board anyway, and for a single greenback you can do far, far worse. (Ken Funck)
2010-09-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)I'm convinced that J.A. Happ has the ability to potentially become a number 1 starter. Since joining the Astros he's only had 1 bad start (vrs. the Cardinals). Any merit to my thinking or am I way off base here?
(ryan rakickas from kentucky)
You're off base here. I see no reason why Happ cannot be successful as a middle of the rotation pitcher, or even a low-end #2, but his walks and strikeouts are not impressive, and I find it highly unlikely that he can remain successful on perceived velocity and a deceptive delivery for years to come. Plus, he isn't a 22-year old youngster coming into his own, either. What makes answers to questions like this problematic is that he really hasn't "failed" yet in the majors, so it's a matter of what analysts like me foresee against a year and a half of solid run-prevention marks. I'm rooting for Happ, and hope he can have a great career, but I also think that anyone expecting him to develop into a top of the line lefty is in for disappointment. (Eric Seidman)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Marc, I'm in an 8-team, NL-only, 5x5 keeper league. I have both Steven Strasburg and J.A. Happ at $8 each. Would you hold onto either? Both?
(GBSimons from Lunch)
$8 for Happ doesn't seem bad. I see him putting up a 4.30 ERA or so this year once everything regresses itself to where it belongs, but hey, maybe he improves his components a bit and deserves a better ERA (just not, you know, a sub-3 one). As for Strasburg, he's starting in the minors, but you may as well keep him for $8 so you don't have to overpay for him next year at auction. I like the prices more than the players for 2010, if that makes any sense. (Marc Normandin)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hello Joe. What does a high and low percentage of runners left on base indicate for a pitcher?
(ashitaka from long beach, ca)
My understanding of strand rate is that it doesn't reflect a particular skill, but is rather a number, like BABIP or HR/FB, that tends to stabilize over time. So a one-year spike or trough in that number--I think J.A. Happ had a very low one this year--is likely to regress towards the mean, dragging an ERA with it. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Garrett Jones would easily have 30+ home runs if he had come up with McCutchen. Are either viable ROY candidates in the NL?
(WilliamWallace from Pittsburgh)
Jones leads NL rookies in VORP, curiously enough, with McCutchen right behind him. As good as Jones has been, I view him as a journeyman having an unsustainable season, and I wonder if the Writers will see it the same way. I think Chris Coghlan also has to be in the conversation, as well as J.A. Happ and Tommy Hanson. (Steven Goldman)
2009-04-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Following up on your point on the O's, couldn't the same be said of the Phillies and their decision to have Chan Ho Park in their rotation?
(mattymatty from Philly, PA)
I like that move actually. Park did a nice job of generating groundballs last year, making him a better fit for Citizens than he might otherwise be. With J.A. Happ they have the depth to make a switch to moderate both pitchers' workloads, and we know that Park has the versatility to work out of the bullpen.

The Phils' real problem is the condition of Cole Hamels' elbow. If it's not in great shape, they're screwed.

I'll take just a few more questions. (Jay Jaffe)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2009-10-15 17:00:002009 NLCS Game One (Phillies/Dodgers)What is the rationale behind J.A. Happ having become "Everyday" J.A. Happ or "Double-Duty" J.A. Happ or "Iron Man" J.A. Happ in the postseason? Too many off-days allow us to revert to 1915 usage patterns? (Steven Goldman)
 

PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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J.A. Happ has thrown 14,645 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2008 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (93mph), also mixing in a Sinker (93mph), Curve (78mph), Change (86mph) and Cutter (84mph).