2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: J.A. Happ
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at New York Yankees lefty J.A. Happ to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2019 MLB season.
It seems like a yearly exercise, but J.A. Happ gets overlooked almost every draft season. Last year, he finished fourth in the American League in wins (17), seventh in WHIP (1.13) and 13th in ERA (3.65). At the trade deadline, he joined the Yankees and re-signed with them in the offseason via free agency.
Happ logged 177.2 innings last year with 193 strikeouts against 51 walks en route to a career best 19.4 strikeouts minus walks percentage. His ground ball rate slipped by just under six percent along with his hard-hit percentage allowed rising by 4.2 percent. This will need to be monitored with his transition to Yankee Stadium for half of his starts. Happ’s been able to outperform his peripheral statistics, but hard-hit fly balls in home games will affect his ratios.
Before looking at his arsenal, Happ threw more fastballs last year while almost shelving his curve. He also used fewer sinkers which helped his swinging strike percentage. It will be intriguing to see how Happ...