J. A. Happ
Age: 24; Height: 6-6; Weight: 200; B/T: L/L; Resides: Peru, Ill.; Third-round selection in June 2004 draft out of Northwestern University.
2006: Combined 10-9 record pitching for Clearwater (3-7, 2.81 ERA, 13 starts), Reading (6-2, 2.65, 12 starts) and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (1-0, 1.50, 1 start) ... Florida State League in-season All-Star selection ... Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for July (5-0, 1.93 ERA) ... Rated as the eighth-best prospect in the Phillies Minor League system by Baseball America.
Career: Three-year pro with a 16-15 record, 2.49 ERA ... Has 277 strikeouts in 274 2/3 innings, while allowing only 95 walks and 206 hits.
Scouting Report: "Fastball has deception, changeup can become a viable pitch, slider/cutter is coming on ... Holds runners well ... Needs to work on his offspeed pitches ... Very interesting young left-hander."
Age: 23; Height: 6-4; Weight: 220; B/T: L/L; Resides: Huron, Ohio; Third-round selection in June 2005 draft out of the University of Mississippi.
2006: South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Year after leading the league with 16 wins (9 losses), 168 2/3 innings and 180 strikeouts ... Finished second in the SAL with a 2.03 ERA ... Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for June (3-0, 0.33 ERA) ... SAL All-Star ... Held hitters to a .194 average ... Rated as the ninth-best prospect in the Phillies Minor League system by Baseball America.
Career: Two-year pro with an 18-10 record, 2.36 ERA with 216 strikeouts in 205 2/3 innings, while allowing only 158 hits ... Made pro debut at Batavia in 2005, 2-1, 3.89 ERA.
Scouting Report: "Throws four quality pitches. Fastball command is his best asset and he uses it to both sides of the plate and pitches up and down well. Slider is late and sharp. Curve has a slower break and angle. Changeup is his second-best pitch and he can use it in any count. Has good idea how to pitch and loves to compete."
Age: 22; Height: 6-1; Weight: 180; B/T: L/L; Resides: St. Louis, Mo.; Tenth-round selection in June 2005 draft out of Central Missouri State.
2006: 14-6 with 2.95 ERA in 27 starts for Lakewood's championship club ... Second among South Atlantic League leaders in strikeouts (161), third in wins, fifth in ERA ... Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, three times ... Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for August (5-0, 0.28 ERA) ... Won 13 of 15 decisions in the second half, including six straight ... Rated as the sixth-best prospect in the Phillies Minor League system by Baseball America.
Career: Two-year pro with a 16-7 record, 2.92 ERA ... Has 192 strikeouts in 184 2/3 innings, while allowing only 142 hits ... Made pro debut at Batavia in 2005, 2-1, 2.76 ERA.
Scouting Report: "Has good arm speed. Fastball bores in on right-handed hitters with life ... Changeup has arm side run and sink, runs away from RHH ... Pitches to both sides of the plate."
Next week: Final installment, relievers.