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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Kentucky
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / SEA
Contract: view contract details

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James Paxton spun four innings of one-run ball Tuesday in his Cactus League start against the White Sox.
White Sox infielder Yolmer Sanchez, formerly known as Carlos Sanchez, launched a solo home run off Paxton in the top of the third inning. The left-hander was otherwise sharp, racking up four strikeouts while issuing zero walks. Paxton owns a 4.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts through nine innings (three appearances) this spring. Mar 14 - 6:16 PM

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James Paxton punched out five batters while allowing one run in three innings in an 8-6 victory over the Cubs on Thursday.

It was a nice improvement over his first spring outing, in which he gave up two runs in two innings. Paxton turned in a 3.79 ERA with 117 strikeouts in 121 innings spread across 20 starts last year. He carries big fantasy upside into 2017.
Mar 9 - 6:20 PM

James Paxton won't pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

Paxton, who is from Canada, has decided to save his innings and focus on the season ahead. The 28-year-old will look to take another step forward after posting a 3.79 ERA and 117/24 K/BB ratio over 121 innings with the Mariners last season. He also threw 50 2/3 innings at the Triple-A level, so he's coming off a career-high workload.
Jan 24 - 10:56 AM

Mariners and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million contract.

Paxton discovered added velocity in 2016 and parlayed it into a 3.79 ERA and 117/24 K/BB ratio over 121 innings for the Mariners. He was arbitration-eligible for the first time as a Super 2 qualifier.
Jan 13 - 3:00 PM

James Paxton allowed three earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a win over the Astros.

It wasn't his sharpest outing, but the Mariners offense backed him with 12 runs on 15 hits in the big afternoon victory at Minute Maid Park. Paxton struck out eight and issued just one walk. He wraps up the 2016 regular season with a decent 3.79 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 117/24 K/BB ratio in 121 innings.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 05:47:00 PM

James Paxton pitched seven innings of one-run ball to beat the Twins on Friday.

Paxton struck out nine and walked none. The left-hander hasn't been very consistent, but he's flashed top-of-the-rotation stuff this season, and he'll enter next year as a nice mid-round pick in mixed leagues, even if he doesn't seem like a great bet to make 30 starts.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 01:09:00 AM

James Paxton took a loss to the Astros on Saturday despite allowing just two runs in seven innings.

He struck out seven batters while walking just one. He gave up four hits, all of which stayed in the park. Both runs scored on a Yulieski Gurriel single in the sixth inning. Paxton falls to 4-7 with a 3.88 ERA. He has a 100/23 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 109 innings. He is one of the hardest-throwing starters in baseball.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 01:08:00 AM

James Paxton delivered a strong start in Sunday's no-decision against the Athletics, allowing two runs on five hits over his six frames.

He scattered just five hits and two walks on the afternoon while punching out three. The A's were able to scratch out a pair of runs against him in the second inning, but aside from that Paxton was in complete command. He'll carry a 3.97 ERA and 1.38 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Astros.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 07:07:00 PM

James Paxton was up-and-down in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers, striking out eight while allowing six runs (four earned) over 4 1/3 innings.

Paxton's eight strikeouts -- against zero walks, no less -- were nice, but the rest of the outing failed to live up to that level of quality. The Rangers dinged him early and often, scoring one run in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third and two more in the fifth to polish off the scoring on Paxton's line. The 27-year-old southpaw will carry a 4.03 ERA and 1.04 WHIP into a road start against the A's next time he toes the rubber.
Wed, Sep 7, 2016 01:55:00 AM

The Mariners will push James Paxton's next start back to Tuesday, giving him an extra day for his fingernail to heal.

Felix Hernandez will work in his place on Monday on his regular rest. Paxton is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Saturday, and everything will need to go smoothly there to proceed as planned with Tuesday's start.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 07:00:00 PM

James Paxton applied nail-hardener to his left middle finger late Tuesday and said it should allow him to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

Paxton's fingernail ripped off in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He also had the same issue last September. "I put the nail-hardener on there and it’s feeling pretty good," the lefty said Wednesday morning. "It’s a fake nail, but it’s not an acrylic nail. It’s some powdered stuff with some glue. They thought this would be my best option, so we’re going to give it a try. We’re going to let it sit, dry out and harden for the next couple of days. Then get back to it. Hopefully, it stays on, and I can battle my way through the rest of the season."
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 01:44:00 PM

James Paxton (finger) expects to take his next turn in the Mariners' rotation.

Paxton tore the nail off his left middle finger in the third inning of his start Tuesday night against the Rangers. He pitched two more innings after that but was limited to fastballs and curves. The lefty tore the same nail last September and had to be shut down early, though he really only missed one start. Paxton holds a 3.83 ERA and 82/20 K/BB ratio in 91 2/3 innings this season for Seattle.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 12:03:00 AM

James Paxton tore the fingernail off his left middle finger during his start Tuesday at Texas.

He did the same thing in September 2015 and had to be shut down early. It's not clear what his status is here in late-August 2016, but he figures to miss at least one turn. Paxton allowed four earned runs on eight hits and a walk Tuesday in a no-decision versus the Rangers, watching his season ERA jump from 3.63 to 3.83.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 15-day disabled list.

Paxton will return to the Mariners' starting rotation on Thursday night against the White Sox after missing the last 17 days with a bruised left elbow. He has a cool 3.53 ERA and 73/18 K/BB ratio in 81 2/3 innings this season with Seattle and should be safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 12:27:00 PM

James Paxton (elbow) is expected to rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Thursday versus the White Sox.

Paxton tossed three scoreless innings in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday and, more importantly, felt fine physically. He departed an outing two weeks ago after being hit on the left elbow by a comebacker.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 02:40:00 PM

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6Ariel Miranda
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