The Book on James Paxton
Graduated Prospect Info
James Paxton / LHP, SEA
Richmond, BC, Canada
75 | 8/1/2014
No longer ranked.
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
James Paxton is no longer tracked as an eligible prospect in Scouting Book.
Final rookie-eligible season: 2014.
Two years from now, the Seattle Mariners might just have one of the very best rotations in all of baseball. Yes, really. In addition to solid and near-ready Danny Hultzen and phenom Taijuan Walker, the Mariners also own James Paxton, a tall, athletic Canadian lefthander. Paxton rose to national attention at U Kentucky, and was selected in the 2009 Draft's supplemental round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He did not sign, however, and quickly became embroiled in a hubbub and eventual lawsuit when it was revealed that his 'family adviser' Scott Boras may have negotiated with the Blue Jays on his behalf, which is against NCAA rules. He thus became ineligible to play NCAA ball in 2010, and instead parked himself in independent ball to await the next draft, when he was selected by the Mariners much later, at #132nd overall.
His mid-nineties stuff and sick breaking ball hasn't yet translated to many overpowering performances, but he looked solid enough in a full season of AA ball in 2012, striking out 110 in 106 innings while posting a 3.05 ERA. His 54 walks (and concomitant 1.411 WHIP) should give touts pause, however: he needs to rein in that control if he's going to excel in MLB anytime soon.
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News and Notes
8/2/2014 by KDaddy
Fresh from almost four months on the DL, lefty James Paxton returned to the mound against the Orioles last night, giving up two runs in four and one-third innings of work. While he doesn't have his stamina all back, the rest of his game seems intact: Paxton is now 5-0 in his first seven major league starts, with a 2.01 ERA and a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.25 (39:12). He might not have the electric stuff of some of Seattle's other pitching phenoms, but he's a quietly serious prospect in his own right. If he can stay healthy, he'll do nothing but help the Mariners down the stretch, as well as lock down a 2015 rotation spot.
4/10/2014 by KDaddy
James Paxton will sit on the DL for two weeks nursing what the Mariners are calling a strained lat muscle. Paxton has been a big boost to the Mariner rotation already. Going back to September, Paxton's young career line looks impressive indeed. Over six starts, he's the proud owner of a 1.75 ERA and has struck out 8.5 batters per nine. With Hisashi Iwakuma, Taijuan Walker and Stephen Pryor already on the DL, Seattle pitching starting to look very, very thin.
9/14/2013 by KDaddy
James Paxton is 2-0 after his first two Major League starts with six innings of two-hit, shutout baseball against the Cardinals tonight. Possible disaster notwithstanding, he's pretty much guaranteed to get the first shot at a Mariner rotation spot next spring.
9/8/2013 by KDaddy
Making his MLB debut, top Seattle prospect James Paxton threw six strong innings and surrendered just one earned run in a 6-2 win over the Rays on Saturday night. He'll get a few more turns and, disaster notwithstanding, should be a part of the Mariner rotation in 2014.