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James Paxton

29-Year-Old Pitcher – Seattle Mariners

2018 Stats

W-L

8-4

ERA

3.70

WHIP

1.09

K

155

SV

0

2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

When healthy, Paxton pitched like an ace for the Mariners in 2017, posting an ERA under 3.00 for the first time as a full-time member of the big-league rotation. The changes were fueled by an adjustme...

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2018 ADP:  74.2

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STATUS:  10-Day DL     INJURY TYPE:  Back     EST. RETURN:  7/24/2018
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 4"   WT: 220   DOB: 11/6/1988
DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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James Paxton Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year, $4.9 million deal with the Mariners in January of 2018, avoiding arbitration.

July 19, 2018  –  James Paxton News

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James Paxton Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2011 22 A CLI 7 10 0 56.0 45 17 1 80 30 3 3 0 0 0 2.73 1.34
2011 22 AA JAC 7 7 0 39.0 28 8 2 51 13 3 0 0 0 0 1.85 1.05
2012 23 AA JAC 21 21 0 106.1 96 36 5 110 54 9 4 0 0 0 3.05 1.41
2013 24 AAA TAC 28 26 1 145.2 158 72 10 131 58 8 11 0 0 0 4.45 1.49
2013 24 MAJ SEA 4 4 0 24.0 15 4 2 21 7 3 0 0 0 0 1.50 0.92
2014 25 A EVE 1 1 0 2.2 2 2 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 6.75 1.36
2014 25 AAA TAC 3 3 0 10.1 13 5 2 14 6 0 1 0 0 0 4.35 1.88
2014 25 MAJ SEA 13 13 0 74.0 60 25 3 59 29 6 4 0 0 0 3.04 1.20
2015 26 AAA TAC 3 3 0 6.2 12 6 0 4 3 0 1 0 0 0 8.10 2.42
2015 26 MAJ SEA 13 13 0 67.0 67 29 8 56 29 3 4 0 0 0 3.90 1.43
2016 27 AAA TAC 11 11 0 50.2 43 21 6 53 15 4 3 0 0 0 3.73 1.16
2016 27 MAJ SEA 20 20 0 121.0 134 51 9 117 24 6 7 0 0 0 3.79 1.31
2017 28 AA ARK 1 1 0 4.0 5 2 1 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.50 1.25
2017 28 MAJ SEA 24 24 0 136.0 113 45 9 156 37 12 5 0 0 0 2.98 1.10
2018 29 MAJ SEA 20 20 1 119.3 97 49 16 155 33 8 4 0 0 0 3.70 1.09
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3-Year Averages     19 19 0 108.0 104 41 8 109 30 7 5 0 0 0 3.42 1.24
Career  (View All)     94 94 1 541.3 486 203 47 564 159 38 24 0 3.38 1.19

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James Paxton Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Jul. 12 @LAA 0.7 3 3 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.70 1.09
Jul. 7 Col 7.0 7 4 4 1 1 9 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 3.49 1.07
Jul. 1 KC 8.0 2 0 0 0 2 11 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.39 1.07
Jun. 26 @Bal 7.0 6 2 2 1 1 10 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.65 1.11
Jun. 21 @NYY 5.0 7 4 4 2 3 9 0 1 0 L 0 0 0 3.72 1.12
Jun. 15 Bos 2.3 7 6 6 1 1 4 0 2 0 - 0 0 0 3.53 1.07
Jun. 10 @TB 7.0 5 3 3 1 0 10 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.02 1.01
Jun. 5 @Hou 7.7 9 1 1 0 1 6 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 2.95 1.03
May. 30 Tex 5.0 4 2 2 0 4 5 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.13 1.00
May. 25 Min 7.0 3 1 1 1 0 11 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 3.10 0.96
May. 19 Det 9.0 3 2 2 1 1 8 0 0 1 W 0 0 0 3.30 1.02
May. 13 @Det 6.0 6 3 3 1 0 4 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 3.52 1.12
Last 14 Games (Team)
3 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.2 IP/G
15.7 12 7 7 3 3 21 0 0 0 1-2 0 0 0 4.02 0.96
Last 30 Games (Team)
6 Games Pitched:  Avg. 5.0 IP/G
30.0 32 19 19 7 8 44 0 3 0 2-3 0 0 0 5.70 1.33
Last 60 Games (Team)
12 Games Pitched:  Avg. 6.0 IP/G
71.7 62 31 31 11 14 88 0 4 1 6-3 0 0 0 3.89 1.06

James Paxton Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
20189835728603.311
20179122417200.198
20168211721121.284

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2018383120266912213.195
201746113433962209.229
2016429106171132528.278

Home

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201856.0420751773.541.02
201777.0730902562.451.12
201655.7240541043.561.24

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201863.3420801693.841.15
201759.0520661233.661.08
201665.3430631453.991.36
James Paxton vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

James Paxton Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2011 22 A CLI 7 10 56.0 12.86 4.82 2.67 0.16 78.4% 2.73 2.24 .361
2011 22 AA JAC 7 7 39.0 11.77 3.00 3.92 0.46 84.6% 1.85 2.33 .306
2012 23 AA JAC 21 21 106.1 9.33 4.58 2.04 0.42 78.6% 3.05 3.29 .325
2013 24 AAA TAC 28 26 145.2 8.12 3.60 2.26 0.62 69.9% 4.45 3.55 .347
2013 24 MAJ SEA 4 4 24.0 7.88 2.63 3.00 0.75 2.29 90% 94.9 MPH 1.50 3.41 .218
2014 25 A EVE 1 1 2.2 8.18 4.09 2.00 4.09 50% 6.75 8.65 .192
2014 25 AAA TAC 3 3 10.1 12.48 5.35 2.33 1.78 82.4% 4.35 4.78 .432
2014 25 MAJ SEA 13 13 74.0 7.18 3.53 2.03 0.36 2.95 74.4% 94.8 MPH 3.04 3.35 .276
2015 26 AAA TAC 3 3 6.2 5.81 4.35 1.33 0.00 60% 8.10 3.36 .471
2015 26 MAJ SEA 13 13 67.0 7.52 3.90 1.93 1.07 1.51 76.1% 94.2 MPH 3.90 4.38 .307
2016 27 AAA TAC 11 11 50.2 9.50 2.69 3.53 1.08 71.2% 3.73 3.54 .295
2016 27 MAJ SEA 20 20 121.0 8.70 1.79 4.88 0.67 1.81 71.8% 96.8 MPH 3.79 2.85 .358
2017 28 AA ARK 1 1 4.0 11.25 0.00 0.00 2.25 75% 4.50 3.95 .389
2017 28 MAJ SEA 24 24 136.0 10.32 2.45 4.22 0.60 1.52 74.5% 95.4 MPH 2.98 2.65 .314
2018 29 MAJ SEA 20 20 119.3 11.69 2.49 4.70 1.21 1.06 71.1% 95.5 MPH 3.70 3.20 .309
Today's Projections     0 0 .0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0% 0.00 0.00 .000
Next 7 Days     0 1 5.8 8.85 2.32 3.81 0.52 75.3% 2.94 2.76 .311
Rest Of Season     0 13 74.8 9.68 2.34 4.14 0.79 74.6% 3.20 2.96 .314
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3-Year Averages     19 19 108.0 9.08 2.50 3.63 0.67 73.8% 3.42 2.98 .329
Career     94 94 541.3 9.38 2.64 3.55 0.78 73.9% 3.38 3.16 .313

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James Paxton Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2017 136 0 - -1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
2018 119.3 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 Stat Review for James Paxton    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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4.70 K/BB
ELITE
11.69 K/9
ELITE
2.49 BB/9
GOOD
95.5 MPH Fastball
ELITE
1.2 HR/9
WEAK
1.06 GB/FB Ratio
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ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.70 ERA
GOOD
1.09 WHIP
GREAT
3.20 FIP
ELITE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.309 BABIP
HIGH
71.1% Strand Rate
BELOW AVERAGE

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James Paxton: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The Mariners will place Paxton (back) on the 10-day disabled list Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

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Paxton was removed from Thursday's start due to lower-back stiffness, TJ Cotterill of The Tacoma News Tribune reports.

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Paxton (undisclosed) was removed from Thursday's start against the Angels after recording just two outs, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

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Paxton will start Thursday against the Angels rather than Friday against the Rockies as originally scheduled, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Paxton's next scheduled start could be moved up a day to Thursday in the wake of Felix Hernandez's placement on the disabled list with a back injury, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.

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Paxton (8-3) allowed four earned runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out nine across seven innings to take the loss Saturday against the Rockies.

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Paxton (8-2) allowed two hits and two walks while striking out 11 across eight scoreless innings to earn the win Sunday against the Royals.

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Paxton (7-2) picked up the win against the Orioles on Tuesday, striking out 10 and allowing two runs on six hits over seven innings. He issued one walk.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

Paxton used to have a distinct delivery, in which he leaned back during his stride and pointed his glove high toward the sky. It was an aspect of his mechanics for years, but he made a major adjustment that improved his balance by largely eliminating the lean-back in his delivery, and the glove came down in conjunction. With these improved upper-body mechanics, Paxton was able to better line up the gears of rotation for his fastball, and the result was the fastest average heater (97.3 mph) of his career by nearly two full ticks. Overall, he threw his most pro innings since 2013, trimmed the walks and maintained nearly a strikeout per inning. The 28-year-old Paxton is beyond the point where we can call him a post-hype sleeper, but the improvements that he made last year appear to be legit, giving him significant upside that may still be lurking under the radar.

2016

Paxton made the rotation out of spring training the last two years and both years missed nearly four months with an injury. In 2014, it was a lat strain. Last season, it was a strained middle finger tendon sustained in late May. He finally returned in mid-September but tore a fingernail in his third start back and was shut down for the season. When healthy, he was effective -- 12 of his 29 earned runs came in two games, leaving him with a 2.63 ERA in his other 11 starts. A groundball pitcher, Paxton has a 94-95 mph fastball, a plus curve and a good changeup. But for the second year in a row, he struggled with control (3.90 BB/9). Inconsistency has limited his K:BB to an ugly sub-2.00, and better command would likely improve his 7.5 K/9. Paxton will be back in the rotation this year as long as he's healthy, but he's 27 now and needs to take the next step with his control and command to fulfill his potential.

2015

Paxton earned a rotation job last season after a solid spring, but just two starts into the year he suffered a lat strain that sidelined him the next four months. When he returned, he justified his prospect status, allowing two runs or fewer in nine of 11 starts. A nine-run, six-walk disaster against the Blue Jays in late September ruined his final numbers, but overall he had a promising season. Paxton's fastball averaged 94.8 mph, and his curveball proved to be the plus pitch that was expected. A groundball pitcher, Paxton needs to continue to improve his control. The Mariners would like to add another starting pitcher this season, but Paxton should still have a place in the rotation.

2014

Paxton had an up-and-down year at Triple-A Tacoma, but it only took him four September starts with Seattle to show that he belongs in the 2014 rotation. Small sample size, yes, but the left-hander pitched two scoreless outings, including a four-hit, 10-strikeout, seven-inning shutout of the Royals in his final start. Paxton is a groundball pitcher with a mid-90s fastball. When he keeps the ball down, he's tough to hit, as right-handers found out to the tune of a .141 BAA last year. He gets into trouble when he loses command of the fastball, which is what caused his headaches in Tacoma last year, but he did not show any command issues with Seattle last season. His curveball is a potential plus-pitch, and he mixes in an effective changeup. Whether Paxton actually makes the rotation depends on various factors the team's offseason moves, spring training, etc. But there's little doubt he is ready.

2013

Paxton's path to the majors was a bit steeper last year than perhaps first thought heading into spring training. A knee injury caused him missed time and problems early in the year. He struggled with control and saw his command within the strikezone lacking as well, unable to consistently hit his spots. Once he got healthy, though, he looked every bit the top-prospect pitcher most expected. In the second half, he posted a a 58:22 K:BB ratio over 11 starts with a 2.40 ERA at Double-A Jackson. Paxton overpowers batters with a mid-90s fastball, but it was the development of his curve and changeup last season that really impressed. He heads to spring training this season with a legitimate chance of making the big-league rotation. The Mariners, though, have plenty of in-house options, which likely will leave Paxton at Triple-A waiting for his chance in Seattle.

2012

One of the organization's top prospects, Paxton made his pro debut last season at Low-A Clinton and blew away the competition with 80 strikeouts in 56 innings. He then made a seamless transition from the Midwest League to Double-A Jackson in July, totaling 51 strikeouts in 39 innings with a 1.85 ERA. The 23-year-old lefty has a strong fastball/curveball combination and induces his share of groundballs, posting a 1.53 GO/AO last season. Paxton enters 2012 with a shot at the major league rotation in spring training. The Mariners likely will let him percolate at Triple-A Tacoma to at least start the year. Don't be surprised, though, if he's in Seattle by summer. Keep track of his progress and get ready to pounce, as the 6-foot-4 Paxton has tremendous upside.