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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (27) / 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 was touched up for five runs on eight hits over five frames in a no-decision against the Cardinals.
Paxton punched out six on the afternoon while walking two. He held the Cardinals to just one run through the first four innings, but the Red Birds erupted for four more in the fourth. While he has definitely flashed his dominance this year, he is surrendering way too much hard contact and is allowing base-runners at an alarming rate. He'll bring a 4.15 ERA and 1.67 WHIP into Saturday's start against the Orioles. Jun 26 - 7:44 PM

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James Paxton was dealt his third loss of the season on Tuesday, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 7 2/3 innings against the Tigers.

Paxton punched out five and walked three on the night. His final line isn't really indicative of how well he pitched in this one. The southpaw pounded the zone all night with fastballs in the upper-nineties and carried a shutout into the sixth inning. He'll carry a 3.34 ERA and 1.62 WHIP into Sunday's start against the Cardinals.
Jun 21 - 10:13 PM

James Paxton hurled 6 1/3 innings of shutout baseball on Saturday versus the Rangers, striking out seven, walking two and giving up six base hits, but was forced to accept a no-decision as the Mariners eventually lost in extra innings.

This was Paxton's third start since getting called up from AAA. He now has a 2.25 ERA with 24 strikeouts and four walks across 16 innings. Paxton has been a hot waiver wire pickup lately due to his newfound velocity and high strikeout totals in his first two starts. Owners who picked him up got rewarded handsomely today. He will be tested again soon in a tough matchup with the Red Sox in Boston on Friday.
Jun 12 - 2:15 AM

James Paxton lost to the Indians after allowing three runs -- one earned -- and striking out 10 in six innings Monday.

Paxton acquitted himself quite well tonight, reaching the high-90s frequently and walking just one batter. If he can stay in the rotation following Felix Hernandez's return from the disabled list, he could make some noise in mixed leagues.
Jun 7 - 1:29 AM

Mariners manager Scott Servais said James Paxton will make another start.

Paxton's season debut for the Mariners did not go according to plan. The Padres shredded him for eight runs in only 3 2/3 innings. Servais wants to give him another shot though. Paxton will look to rebound at home Monday against Cleveland.
Jun 2 - 7:17 PM

James Paxton was hammered for eight runs -- three earned -- over 3 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Padres.

Most of those unearned runs scored after a bad first-inning throwing error by Paxton himself. It became a six-inning opening frame for the host Friars, and they went on to win 14-6. Paxton was making a spot start for ace right-hander Felix Hernandez, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a calf strain. The left-hander might not get another turn.
Jun 2 - 1:32 AM

Mariners recalled LHP James Paxton from Triple-A Tacoma.

Paxton will take the rotation spot left vacant by Felix Hernandez, who landed on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained right calf. Paxton owns a decent 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 50/14 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level and could carry mixed league fantasy value over the next few weeks (perhaps longer). He'll get the light-hitting Padres on Wednesday night at Petco Park.
Jun 1 - 2:18 PM

James Paxton will be called up Wednesday.

That's the only detail available at this point. Felix Hernandez is currently scheduled to start Wednesday night against the Padres, so this could involve a health situation with him (purely speculation). Paxton, 27, is sporting a 3.97 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 50/14 K/BB ratio in 47 2/3 innings this season at the Triple-A level.
May 31 - 10:57 PM

Mariners optioned LHP James Paxton to Triple-A Tacoma.

So that means Nate Karns will open the 2016 season as the Mariners' fifth starter. Paxton was hammered for seven earned runs in four innings Sunday against the Cubs, lifting his spring ERA to 10.80. The left-hander needs to iron some things out on the farm. He'll make his way up eventually.
Mar 28 - 12:22 PM

James Paxton was hammered for seven earned runs in four innings Sunday by the Cubs.

Paxton had a sharp performance last week against a group of minor leaguers, but he struggled mightily on Sunday against a lineup filled mostly with Cubs regulars. The left-hander is a big question mark for the 2016 season. He's shown flashes of high-level stuff.
Mar 27 - 7:15 PM

James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs over five innings in a game against minor leaguers on Tuesday.

It was a much-needed bounce-back outing after Paxton really struggled his last two times out. His fastball was clocked at 93-94 mph. "It felt really good," Paxton said. "I was just working on getting extension. That's what I was working on in the bullpen this week, to get my curveball spinning a little tighter. Really kind of reaching out there for the glove and getting that tight spin back." The left-hander is competing with Nate Karns to be the Mariners' fifth starter.
Mar 22 - 7:21 PM

James Paxton unraveled Thursday in a tie with the Athletics, allowing six hits, four walks and seven earned runs in just two innings of work.

It was a nightmare outing but at least Paxton got it out of his system. Paxton retired the first two hitters he faced but fell apart after that by allowing seven of the next 10 men to reach. His spring ERA ballooned from 4.00 to 9.00 with Thursday’s clunker. Paxton finished with two strikeouts before calling it a day.
Mar 17 - 7:49 PM

James Paxton was battered for four runs on seven hits over three innings versus the Diamondbacks on Monday.

Paxton didn't walk anyone, but he gave up a home run and struck out just one in the outing. The left-hander has plenty of ability but has had an awful time with injuries the last couple seasons. He figures to go overlooked in fantasy drafts this spring but has the upside to help out in mixed formats if he can stay on the field.
Mar 7 - 7:16 PM

James Paxton started the Mariners' Cactus League opener Wednesday against the Padres and delivered two innings of shutout ball.

Paxton walked Padres catcher Derek Norris with two outs in the top of the first inning, but he retired the other six batters he faced. The left-hander was limited to 67 major league innings in 2015 because of a finger injury, but he carried a clean bill of health into spring training this year and will be looking to finally become a reliable workhorse for the M's. Paxton, 27, boasts a 3.16 ERA in 165 career major league frames.
Mar 2 - 7:07 PM

James Paxton will start the Mariners' Cactus League opener against the Padres on Wednesday.

Paxton enters the spring in competition with Nathan Karns, who will pitch on Thursday, for the final spot in the club's Opening Day rotation. The highly-touted 27-year-old southpaw registered a 3.90 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 56/29 K/BB ratio over 67 innings in 2015 while battling a finger issue. He makes for an interesting high-upside flier in the later rounds of mixed league drafts this year.
Feb 28 - 4:30 PM

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C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Franklin Gutierrez
CF1Leonys Martin
2Shawn O'Malley
RF1Seth Smith
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
6James Paxton
7Wade LeBlanc
Relief Pitcher
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Mike Montgomery
5Edwin Diaz
6Tony Zych
7Nick Vincent
8Evan Scribner
9Ryan Cook
10David Rollins
11Vidal Nuno
12Donn Roach