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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/6/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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James Paxton earned his first win of the season with six scoreless innings as the Mariners defeated the Padres 11-4 on Tuesday.
Paxton was lucky to hold the Padres scoreless despite allowing only three hits, as he walked five. The lefty did strike out five on the evening while lowering his ERA to 4.31. He also carries a 1.34 WHIP and a 35/16 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings. Paxton will have to deal with the Padres the next time he toes the rubber. May 13 - 1:57 AM

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James Paxton held the Angels to two runs over seven innings in a no-decision as the Mariners were handed a 5-4 walk-off loss by the Angels on Tuesday.

Paxton was quite strong, unarguably pitching his best game of the season. His only mistake occurred in the first inning when Albert Pujols took him deep for a two-run home run. Overall, the lefty gave up four hits and three walks while striking out four. Paxton mostly sat around 93 MPH with his fastball, but maxed out at 97 MPH. He lowered his ERA to 5.08 and sports a 1.34 WHIP with a 30/11 K/BB ratio in 33 2/3 innings. The Padres await him in a home start next.
May 6 - 1:09 AM

James Paxton surrendered two runs over seven innings Thursday in a no-decision against the Astros.

Scott Feldman matched him, so Paxton remains winless through five starts. Still, this was the best outing -- and the best velocity -- he's had so far, and it was badly needed with his rotation spot potentially in jeopardy. He still has some potential for mixed-league value, and he probably needs to be picked up in any 12- or 14-team leagues in which he's gotten dropped.
Apr 30 - 11:48 PM

James Paxton yielded four runs -- one earned -- in 4 2/3 innings Saturday against the Twins.

Paxton struck out seven. His velocity, while still down some from last year, was slightly better than it's been previously this season. He's not nearly out of the woods yet, but his fortunes seem a little better tonight than they did six days ago, when he got lit up by the hapless Rangers.
Apr 26 - 1:01 AM

James Paxton struggled against the Rangers on Sunday, surrendering two runs on nine hits over just 2 2/3 innings.

Paxton struck out one and didn't issue a walk in the brief appearance. His velocity was noticeably down in this start and he could be going through a dead arm period that most starters experience in spring training. Until he can right the ship though, he's best kept out of fantasy lineups. He'll carry a 5.40 ERA and 1.47 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Twins.
Apr 19 - 8:05 PM

James Paxton left with a no-decision, allowing five runs in 6 1/3 innings against the Dodgers in Monday's 10-inning loss.

Paxton wasn't hit nearly as hard as his counterpart Brandon McCarthy, but the Dodgers were still able to push across five runs against the lefty. He allowed six hits in total -- including a solo home run to Yasiel Puig -- while walking two and striking out six. Paxton matches up against the Rangers at home next.
Apr 14 - 1:23 AM

James Paxton limited the Angels to two runs over six innings of work on Tuesday but was saddled with a loss.

Paxton pitched well, but a fourth-inning mistake to David Freese resulted in a two-run home run. The lefty allowed four hits and a walk while striking out five. Paxton had a late start to spring training due to forearm injuries, but was able to get enough work in at the end of the spring to get ready for the regular season. He should be able to provide value in deeper mixed leagues.
Apr 8 - 12:29 AM

James Paxton was knocked around by the White Sox Wednesday, allowing 10 hits and seven runs in a loss.

The good news is that the numbers don't count, but that's about all the good that can be gleaned from the start. Paxton didn't allow a home run, but three of the 10 hits were doubles from White Sox batters. The southpaw struck out three while walking one. Paxton hasn't been overly impressive in spring, but getting to the regular season healthy is the most important thing for the 26-year-old.
Apr 1 - 7:29 PM

James Paxton struggled in a losing effort against the Royals on Friday, surrendering five runs (two earned) on four hits over 3 2/3 innings of work.

While his defense did him no favors, Paxton certainly didn't help his own cause by issuing three free passes. The 26-year-old southpaw wasn't quite as sharp as he was in his first Cactus League start and now owns a troublesome 1.86 WHIP through eight spring innings.
Mar 27 - 11:37 PM

James Paxton, making his Cactus League debut, held the Rangers scoreless over 3 1/3 innings in Sunday's 8-0 win.

Paxton injured both forearms shortly after pitchers and catchers reported. He looked fine in his debut, working around five hits and a walk while striking out two. The Mariners will need to see him work again a couple more times before the end of spring training, but he could rejoin the rotation by the time the regular season begins.
Mar 22 - 7:14 PM

James Paxton (forearm) will make his Cactus League debut Sunday.

Paxton bruised both of his forearms in a drill early on in Mariners' camp, but he made it through a 31-pitch simulated game on Tuesday without incident. There's still enough time for him to get stretched out for the season. He could be a nice value in fantasy leagues if he can stay healthy.
Mar 18 - 11:24 AM

James Paxton (forearm) expects to pitch in a game in five days after getting through a 31-pitch simulated game Tuesday with no issues.

"It was great to be back on the mound," said Paxton. "It was different being out there with with players behind me, making plays, but it was fun to get back out there and have that feeling again." The left-hander is behind schedule due to a bruised forearm, but he’s not in danger of not being ready for Opening Day.
Mar 17 - 10:55 PM

James Paxton (forearm) will throw in a simulated game Tuesday.

Paxton is slated to throw about three innings and 45 pitches. The young southpaw injured both of his forearms when he fell awkwardly during an agility drill in mid-February, but there's still enough time for him to get ready for the season. Assuming all goes well Tuesday, the next step should be his Cactus League debut.
Mar 17 - 10:58 AM

James Paxton (forearms) threw his first live batting practice session of the spring on Wednesday.

Paxton tossed 30 warmup pitches in the bullpen and then another 30 to a group of Mariners minor leaguers. He injured both of his forearms in mid-February when he fell awkwardly during an agility drill, but everything has gone smoothly so far in his recovery. Paxton is expected to make his Cactus League debut next Tuesday. The left-hander owns a terrific 2.66 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 98 career major league innings.
Mar 11 - 4:22 PM

James Paxton (forearms) will toss live batting practice on Wednesday.

This will be Paxton's first live BP session of the spring. He injured both of his forearms in a fall during an agility drill in mid-February. Paxton remains on track to make his first Cactus League appearance on March 17. The lefty posted a 3.04 ERA with a 59/29 K/BB ratio in 74 innings during 2014. He's an interesting target for the late rounds of mixed fantasy leagues.
Mar 11 - 10:47 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Welington Castillo
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Charlie Furbush
4Carson Smith
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Mark Lowe
8Tyler Olson
9David Rollins
10Edgar Olmos