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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
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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

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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

James Paxton (elbow) felt good after Thursday's bullpen session.

Paxton is slated to pitch three innings Saturday in a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma. It's unclear if Paxton will need another rehab start after that or if he'll be ready to rejoin the Mariners' starting rotation. Paxton was placed on the disabled list after taking a comebacker off his left elbow in a start against the Angels on August 7.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 07:54:00 PM

James Paxton (elbow) plans to throw a bullpen session Thursday.

Paxton was placed on the disabled list Tuesday with a bruised left elbow, but the move was made retroactive to August 8 and he could return to the Mariners' rotation late next week after one rehab start. The southpaw was struck in the elbow by a comebacker during an outing August 7 against the Angels. He still has some swelling, but it's getting better.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 07:15:00 PM

Mariners placed LHP James Paxton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 8, with a bruised left elbow.

Paxton took a comebacker off his pitching elbow during a start August 7 against the Angels and is still being bothered by discomfort. It's obviously not something to mess with. Ariel Miranda is starting in his place on Tuesday night against the Angels.
Tue, Aug 16, 2016 05:08:00 PM

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3Jesus Sucre
4Steven Baron
1B1Daniel Vogelbach
2Danny Valencia
3D.J. Peterson
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Jean Segura
2Shawn O'Malley
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Jarrod Dyson
2Mike Freeman
CF1Leonys Martin
2Guillermo Heredia
RF1Mitch Haniger
2Ben Gamel
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Drew Smyly
5Yovani Gallardo
6Ariel Miranda
7Chris Heston
8Robert Whalen
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Edwin Diaz
2Steve Cishek
3Marc Rzepczynski
4Nick Vincent
5Evan Scribner
6James Pazos
7Casey Fien
8Daniel Altavilla
9Shae Simmons
10Paul Fry
11Thyago Vieira
12Micah Owings
13Christian Bergman