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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Scouting Report J.A. Happ

The 28 year-old was 1 3rd round pick in 2004 and was one of the big chips the Phillies traded last year to get Oswalt. He is 20-9 in his major league career, with a 3.42 ERA (but a 4.43 FIP), and 1.32 WHIP. His career BAPIP is .268, thus the reason why the low ERA compared to his FIP.

He's a fly-ball pitcher, who throws from a high 3/4s arm angle and creates deception. His fastball sits between 88-90, with an 84 mph slider, 75 mph curve, and 79 mph change-up. He has increased his curve ball use this year to 14% (from 7%). He doesn't have swing and miss stuff (7.6% career, 5.8% this year), which leads to his below average K/9 rate (6.7 career), and just a mediocre walk rate (3.8 BB/9 career).

This year he's 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA, 1.55 WHIP due to a 5.3 BB/9. He's gone 7+ innings the last two starts (vs Florida and San Diego).

He's started 4 games against the Mets (2 relief appearances), and is 1-1 with a 4.05 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. He did not face the Mets in 2010.

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