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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
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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

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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

Mariners manager Scott Servais said Tuesday that James Paxton will not be under an innings limit this season.

Paxton was limited to just 67 innings in 2015 due to a finger issue and 74 frames in 2014 because of a shoulder ailment. It seems unlikely that he'll be able to handle a full workload, but the M's won't put any specific restrictions on him. "He's not coming off Tommy John. He's not coming off shoulder repair. It was a finger issue," Servais said. "He just hasn't pitched much. You have to be very in tune to what the stuff is looking like. How the body is feeling. Do you have to skip him [once in a while]? That's where [pitching depth in Triple-A] comes in. But I think this is his 27-year-old season. It's time for James to pitch."
Feb 23 - 6:25 PM

Mariners trainer Rick Griffin said James Paxton lost 20 pounds this offseason.

Griffin also said Paxton hasn't shown any lingering effects from the finger injury that caused him to miss the last few weeks of the regular season. Paxton regressed last season following a breakout year in 2014. The left-hander is a good bet for a bounceback season.
Jan 28 - 2:16 PM

James Paxton threw a seven-inning simulated game on Monday.

He'll throw another seven-inning sim game again soon. Paxton was limited to just 13 starts in 2015 for the second straight season due to injury, and the Mariners are doing what they can to help build up his stamina. The left-hander also participated in the Arizona Fall League.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 08:05:00 PM

James Paxton (finger) has officially been shut down for the rest of the season.

Paxton was lifted from his last outing after tearing a fingernail on his pitching hand. He also missed three months with a strained middle finger and will finish the season having made just 13 starts for the second straight year because of injury. Paxton will pitch in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 07:21:00 PM

James Paxton (finger) doesn't expect to make his scheduled start Wednesday against the Astros.

Paxton was lifted from his last outing Thursday against the Royals after tearing a fingernail on his pitching hand. And he hasn't picked up a baseball since due to ongoing discomfort. "I haven’t even played catch yet," Paxton told reporters on Sunday. "We just want to let (the finger) calm down a little more." It's probably going to turn into a bullpen game for Seattle, and Paxton probably won't pitch again until the Arizona Fall League.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 09:47:00 AM

The Mariners are hoping James Paxton (finger) will be able to start Wednesday against the Astros.

Vidal Nuno will pitch on short rest Tuesday. Paxton left his last start after tearing a fingernail on his pitching hand. He missed three months with a strained middle finger before returning to Seattle's rotation on September 13.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 06:19:00 PM

James Paxton was lifted from Thursday's start in the second inning due to a torn fingernail on his pitching hand.

Paxton, who just returned from a lengthy stint on the disabled list on September 13, had the trainer out and looking as his finger before departing. Paxton dealt with a torn fingernail in his final rehab start that shut down his rehab for a few days, and he could be dealing with a similar issue again. At this stage, it would be a surprise to see him make another start for the Mariners this season.
Thu, Sep 24, 2015 09:01:00 PM

James Paxton pitched well enough in Friday's win over the Rangers, allowing one run on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.

Paxton wasn't on the mound for long, but given that he spent over three months on the disabled list and just returned on September 13, we'll give him a pass for the relative lack of innings. He struck out six and walked four on the evening. The lone run on his line came home via his own hand, as he walked Prince Fielder with the bases loaded in the fifth inning. He'll carry a 3.70 ERA and 1.39 WHIP into his next start, a road showdown with the Royals.
Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:42:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Chris Iannetta
2Steve Clevenger
3Jesus Sucre
1B1Adam Lind
2Dae-Ho Lee
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Ketel Marte
2Luis Sardinas
3B1Kyle Seager
LF1Nori Aoki
CF1Leonys Martin
RF1Seth Smith
2Franklin Gutierrez
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Taijuan Walker
4Wade Miley
5Nate Karns
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Steve Cishek
2Joaquin Benoit
3Charlie Furbush
4Joel Peralta
5Tony Zych
6Nick Vincent
7Evan Scribner
8Ryan Cook
9Vidal Nuno
10Mike Montgomery
11Mayckol Guaipe