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.
Allowed 1 ER or fewer in 12 of 25 starts, including five of his last six games ... Allowed 2 ER or less in 16 starts ... Over his last 12 starts, gave up just three home runs ... In nine starts vs. AL East teams, posted a 2.21 ERA (13 ER/53.0 IP) and a .219 opponents' average ... Held a .198 opp. avg. against left-handed hitters which ranked 6th among LHPs in the AL ... Struck out nine batters over 7.0 innings in his season debut on April 5 at BAL, the 3rd time in his career with 9+ strikeouts and no walks ... Did not walk a batter while recording eight strikeouts in his second start on April 11 vs. MIL ... Left in the 5th inning with tightness in his left elbow on April 16 vs. BAL ... Placed on the DL from April 18-May 29 with left elbow inflammation ... Picked up his 1st win of 2017 with 6.0 scoreless innings on June 11 at SEA ... Allowed a season-high 7ER and 9H on July 23 at CLE ... Struck out 10 batters on Aug. 2 at CWS, the 7th 10+ strikeout effort of his career (4th as a Blue Jay) ... Picked up his 500th strikeout as a Blue Jay on Aug. 8 vs. NYY (Gregorius) and improved to 8-2 with a 3.51 ERA all-time as a starter vs. the Yankees ... Took the loss in a 7-4 defeat on Aug. 18 at CHC (approximately 1.5 hours from his hometown) while allowing a season-high nine hits over 5.0 innings... Had not pitched at Wrigley since 2012...The loss also ended a three-game win streak ... Had a homerless streak snapped at 39.2 innings as he gave up a home run in the 5th inninng on Aug. 30 vs. BOS to Hanley Ramirez ... Suffered his 11th loss (1-0) on Sept. 21 vs. KC, his second last outing, despite allowing just 1 ER over 6.2 innings ... Earned his 10th win on Sept. 26 at BOS (7.0IP, 4H, 1ER, 2BB, 9K), giving him 10+ wins in a season for the 6th time (3rd as a Blue Jay) ... Posted a 1.91 ERA (7 ER/37.2 IP) over his last six starts while allowing a .133 average with runners in scoring position.
Appeared in his third career postseason, and his first since 2009 with PHI… Made two starts, going 1-1, while tossing 5.0 innings in each outing. Matched his season-high with nine hits allowed in game two of the ALDS at TEX, however allowed only one run over 5.0 IP…Earned the win, marking his first career postseason victory...The opposition posted a .302 average off of him in the playoffs, the third highest mark by a Blue Jays pitcher in a single postseason in club history, trailing only Al Leiter (.372) and Doyle Alexander (.318)....Set career-highs in wins (20), innings pitched (195.0) and stikeouts (163)..His 3.18 ERA was his lowest since 2009 (2.93)...Became the 6th different TOR pitcher (8th time) to win 20 games in a season & 1st since Roy Halladay won 20 in 2008...Joined David Wells as the only two lefthanded pitchers in club history to record 20 wins in a season...Reached 20 wins for the first time in his 10-year career...The only other pitcher to reach 20 wins in a season for the first time in his 10th season (or later) while pitching for the Blue Jays was David Wells (20-8 in 2000; 14th year in the major leagues)...Earned his 19th win of the season on Sept. 15 at LAA...Improved his record to a then 26-5 mark over his last 38 starts dating back to August 19 of last season...The only other active pitchers who earned 26 or more wins over a 38-start span are Jake Arrieta (29), Justin Verlander (28), Clayton Kershaw (27), Max Scherzer (26), Chien-Ming Wang (26), Gio Gonzalez (26) and Ubaldo Jimenez (26)...Had his 11-game win streak snapped on August 25 vs. LAA (lost 3-6)....It was T-3rd longest win streak in club history (Clemens - 15 in '98 & Halladay - 15 in '03)...Retired 13 consecutive batters entering the 6th, however did not record another out after the first five batters reached in the inning...Allowed 4+ER in back-to-back starts for just the 2nd time this year...Was the first pitcher in the Majors to reach 15 wins in 2016 after his victory Aug. 4 at HOU. Won his 13th game of the season, setting a new career-high on July 24 vs. SEA... Allowed just one hit - second time in his career he has tossed at least 6.0 innings while giving up just one hit (last: Sept. 28, 2015 vs. STL)...Threw 5.2 scoreless innings in the Blue Jays win over the Tigers on July 8...Went 6-0 with a 2.95 ERA over a six start span from June 11-July... The last Blue Jays pitcher to go 6-0 with an ERA under 3.00 over a six-start span was Roy Halladay in 2003 (6-0, 2.31)...Earned win #12 with his performance becoming the fourth Blue Jays pitcher to win at least 12 games before the All-Star break, joining Roger Clemens (1997), David Wells (2000) and Roy Halladay (2003, 2005 and 2006)... Became the first TOR starter with 11 strikeouts and no walks in a game since David Purcey in 2008 in his start July 3 vs. CLE…Marked the second time this season he tossed at least 7.0 innings without issuing a walk (June 11 vs. BAL)…Became the second TOR starter to strikeout at least 11 batters this season (Sanchez, June 7 at DET)...Earned his 4th straight win on June 28 at COL despite allowing 5-ER...Marked just the third time in his career, and first since
July 19, 2011 vs. WAS, to win when allowing 5ER ...Picked up the win June 11 vs. BAL despite surrendering 3-HR…Had his streak of 86 LHB faced without allowing an XBH snapped (Chris Davis - HR)…Allowed multi-HR in consecutive starts for the first time since May 6-12, 2012...On May 26 at NYY limited the opposition to three hits for the second consecutive game, becoming then the third TOR pitcher since the beginning of the 2015 season to throw back-to-back games of at least 7.0 IP while allowing three hits or fewer (Estrada: June 19-24, 2015; Price: Aug. 3-15, 2015)...Prior to that stretch only one Blue Jays pitcher had accomplished the feat from 2000-2014 (Ricky Romero in 2011)...Allowed eight runs over 2.0 IP & was charged with his first loss of the season, May 16 vs. TB...Had his longest outing since 2010 (9.0 IP) after tossing 8.2 scoreless innings May 10 at SF...Held the Giants to a .200 OPS
in two-strike counts ...On April 18 at BOS tossed seven innings of 1-run ball in a 4-3 win...Allowed his 1,000th career hit (2B to Hanley Ramirez)...Threw strikes in 85.7% (18/21) of two strike counts...Tossed 7.0 innings in back-to-back starts, the first time since April 17-22, 2015
Went 11-8 with a 3.61 ERA in 32 total games (31 starts) between Seattle and Pittsburgh. Set career highs in starts, innings pitched (172.0) and strikeouts (151). Went 7-2 with a 1.85 ERA in his 11 starts with the Pirates, losing both games to the Cubs. His 1.37 ERA from August 8, through the end of the season was the second-lowest in the Major Leagues behind Jake Arrieta (0.49). Began season with Seattle, where he received two runs of support or less when he was in the game in 12 of his 20 starts and had 10 of the 20 decided by one run...Went 3-1 with a 3.31 ERA in his first 11 starts thru June 5. Matched a Mariners record by allowing two runs or fewer in each of his first six home starts from April 17-June 5 (matched Joel Pineiro's streak from July 26, 2001 to May 10, 2002). Snapped a streak of 14 consecutive home starts, dating back to July 22, 2014, of allowing no more than three runs after giving up four runs vs. Detroit on July 8. Was optioned to Class A Bakersfield on July 9 but did not appear in a game before being recalled on July 20. Threw 1.0 perfect inning in his only relief appearance on July 27 vs. Arizona (his first appearance out of the bullpen since July 12, 2014 at Tampa Bay while pitching for Toronto). Was acquired by Pittsburgh on July 31 in exchange for minor league pitcher Adrian Sampson. Won five straight starts for the Pirates and posted a 0.88 ERA between August 19 and September 9. Struck out a season-high 10 batters on September 9 at Cincinnati - his fourth career game with 10 or more K's
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).
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.
Set career highs in starts and strikeouts (134) after beginning the season as the Astros fourth starter...spent most of theseason with the Astros but missed three turns in the rotation after being optioned to Triple A OKC from Aug. 6-24...after hisreturn, 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 in77 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 in18 innings.
Made 13 starts for Houston, posting a 5-4 record and a 3.75 ERA (30ER/72IP), after being acquired by the club fromPhiladelphia, along with OF Anthony Gose and SS Jonathan Villar, in exchange for RHP Roy Oswalt on July 29...had made threestarts 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 startsas 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 eightcareer 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 thetime, was the only pitcher in ballpark history to start at least seven career games at the venue without recording a loss...that1.94 ERA ranked as the 3rd-lowest at MMP behind only Tim Lincecum (0.34 ERA) and Brandon Webb (1.48) (min. 25IP)...alloweda 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 leftiesamong all NL pitchers (min. 50 AB)...his two-hit, complete-game shutout on Aug. 30 vs. STL marked the first time an Astros LHPhurled a complete game allowing two hits-or-less since Bob Knepper had a one-hit, 1-0 shutout over ATL in the Astrodome onSept. 21, 1988...his win on Aug. 25 at PHI gave him victories against both clubs he's pitched for this season, becoming the 4thpitcher to accomplish this since 2005...he defeated the Astros, 8-0, on April 9 at Minute Maid Park... made his Astros debut onJuly 30 vs. MIL with 6.0 scoreless innings... became the 7th pitcher in Astros history to toss 6+ shutout innings in his teamdebut... marked the first time since Roger Clemens (7.0IP) did so on April 7, 2004 vs. SF in a 10-1 Astros victory... following hissecond 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 beforerecalled 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 minorleagues this season.
Finished 2nd in the BBWAA's NL Rookie of the Yearvoting, garnering 94 points (10 first-place votes, 11second-place votes and 11 third-place votes); was theonly player named on every one of the 32 ballots castby the BBWAA...Won the Players Choice Award for NL OutstandingRookie, voted by MLB players and presented by theMLBPA, and was named NL Rookie of the Year by TheSporting 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 seasonsince 1959 (Jim Owens . 12-12) and 4th in the last 40years 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-2ndin winning %...Tied for the team lead in wins and CG and had thebest ERA...Began the season in the bullpen...Went 2-0, 2.49 ERA through 12 relief appearancesbefore being moved into the rotation on 5/23 at NYY...Started the season 7-0 before taking his 1st loss, 7/24vs STL (6.0 IP, 10 H, 5 ER, 6 SO)...Pitched at least 2.0 innings in 6 of his 12 reliefappearances...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 RISPand .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 theNLDS, 10/11 at COL (ND)...Had a 2.70 ERA (1 ER, 3.1 IP) in 6 postseason reliefappearances
Winner of the Paul Owens Award as the best pitcher inthe Phillies minor league system...Began the season with Lehigh Valley (AAA) and had 3stints with the Phillies...Finished 2nd in the International League in SO (151)and 8th in ERA (3.60); had one fewer SO than the ILleader...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 vsScranton/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 vsScranton/Wilkes-Barre, in the completion of asuspended 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 optionedback to LV on 8/8...Had his final recall on 9/1 and made 2 starts, bothagainst 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 4relief appearances...Was hitless for the season: 0-for-10 in the minorleagues, 0-for-7 in the majors.
Went to spring training with the Phillies as a non-roster invitee... Spent most of the season withOttawa (AAA)... Averaged 10.7 SO/9.0 IP through his first 6 starts (38 SO/32.0 IP)... Had his contractpurchased 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 backto 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 nothit a batter all season or allow more than 1 HR in any start.
Began the season with Clearwater (A)...Had 2 career-best 10-SO games: 5/10 at Brevard County (8.0IP) and 6/6 at Lakeland (8.0 IP)...Selected as a Florida State League in-season all-star...Promotedto Reading (AA) on 6/30 and struck out 8 batters that night in his double-A debut (4.2 IP)...Collected his 1st professional hitand 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 consecutivewins, 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 ArizonaFall League...Rated the 8th-best prospect in the Phillies' minor league system by Baseball America
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).
Began his pro career with Batavia (A)...Had a season-best 7 SO in 3.0 IP, 8/23 vsAuburn...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.