The Book on James Paxton
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
James Paxton / LHP, SEA
Richmond, BC, Canada
40 | 1/29/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/5/2013): #41
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #61
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #82
ESPN: Unranked or n/a
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #91
Baseball America 2013: #87
Baseball Prospectus: #92
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
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
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.