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James Paxton | Starting Pitcher | #65

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (29) / 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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Mariners and LHP James Paxton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.9 million contract.
Paxton was in his first year of arbitration eligibility. The southpaw posted a 2.98 ERA across 24 starts last season. Jan 12 - 1:34 PM

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James Paxton got a hard no-decision on Sunday, striking out nine over six scoreless innings in a loss to the Angels.

Paxton did what he did for most of the 2016 season: Throw strikes and miss bats. Unfortunately, the Mariner offense was shut down by Parker Bridwell. When Paxton is healthy, he has some of the best stuff of any southpaw in the American League. The issue is, he hasn't shown he can stay healthy for a full season yet. At 28-years-old, you have to wonder if he'll ever be able to show this kind of stuff for a full season. IF he can, look out.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 06:00:00 PM

James Paxton will start for the Mariners in Sunday's season finale against the Angels.

Most had thought that Paxton was done after his last start, but he'll take the hill one final time before calling it a wrap on his 2017 season. The left-hander boasts a 12-5 record, 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP on the season.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 09:08:00 PM

James Paxton allowed three earned runs, six hits and no walks with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in a no-decision Tuesday at Oakland.

Paxton isn't penciled in for any further starts. Unless he is used in long relief down the stretch he will wrap up the 2017 season with a 12-5 record, 3.12 ERA and 1.13 WHIP with 147 strikeouts over 130 innings across 23 starts. He entered the season with 18 wins across 50 starts in parts of four MLB seasons, so needless to say this was a breakout year.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 02:55:00 AM

James Paxton struggled in Thursday's loss to the Rangers, allowing two runs on four hits and a pair of walks over 3 2/3 innings.

The left-hander struck out four on the night, needing 73 pitches to get 11 outs. All of the damage done against him came in the first inning on a two-run double by Carlos Gomez. Paxton will carry a 3.03 ERA and 1.13 WHIP into his final start of the season on Tuesday against the Athletics in Oakland.
Fri, Sep 22, 2017 01:05:00 AM

James Paxton allowed three runs in a brief 1 1/3 inning start and took a loss against the Astros on Friday.

He was activated from the disabled list earlier in the day and was on a 50 pitch limit and hit it exactly. He got off to a wild start, with two walks and two wild pitches contributing to three runs scoring in the first frame. Paxton will be stretched out further in his next start but it will be tough to trust the Mariners' ace in the fantasy playoffs. For the season he is 12-4 with a 2.98 ERA in 21 starts. He has an excellent 138:35 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 121 innings.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 12:19:00 AM

Mariners activated LHP James Paxton from the 10-day disabled list.

Paxton will rejoin the Mariners' rotation Friday in Houston. He'll be limited to around 50 pitches, making him a sketchy fantasy starts in a tough matchup even as he holds a 0.45 ERA in three starts versus the Astros this season and a 2.78 ERA overall.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 03:09:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) will rejoin the Mariners' rotation on Friday in Houston.

It's not an ideal opponent to come back against, especially since Paxton isn't all the way stretched out yet and will be limited to around 50 pitches Friday. Still, fantasy owners will be happy to have the left-hander back. Paxton boasts a 2.78 ERA and 138/33 K/BB ratio across 119 2/3 innings in his 20 starts this season.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 01:43:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) will return to the Mariners' rotation next week against the Rangers.

Paxton made it through a 40-pitch simulated game on Friday without any issue. He'll throw a bullpen session in a couple of days and barring any setbacks there will be cleared to return. The 28-year-old owns an outstanding 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 138/33 K/BB ratio across 119 2/3 innings in his 20 starts this season.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 06:42:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) threw another bullpen session on Tuesday.

Paxton will now advance to a simulated game this weekend and he could potentially return to the Mariners' rotation next week, though manager Scott Servais noted Tuesday that the left-hander probably won't be able to work very deep into games out of the gate. Paxton has been sidelined since August 11 with a strained left pectoral muscle.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 07:30:00 PM

James Paxton threw 27 pitches Saturday in his first bullpen session since suffering a strained pectoral muscle Aug. 10.

"I had no pain," Paxton said. "No issues with my pec. It was a positive step in the right direction. The timing was a little bit off, but that’s to be expected." Paxton will throw another bullpen Tuesday and then do a simulated game on Sept. 9.
Sat, Sep 2, 2017 07:03:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) will throw a bullpen session over the weekend.

Paxton hasn't stepped atop a mound since he suffered a strained left pectoral muscle on August 10. He still has a number of big hurdles to clear in his rehab, but the Mariners might get two or three starts out of the 28-year-old southpaw before the end of the regular season.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 01:17:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) is about a week away from resuming throwing off a mound.

Paxton played catch without issue on Thursday but still needs a little time before he's ready to toss from the bump. He figures to need at least one rehab start before returning, so the left-hander doesn't figure to make it back before mid-September even in a best-case scenario.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 04:02:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) will play catch Wednesday.

He had been hoping to play catch this past weekend, but it sounds like he's a tad behind schedule. Paxton -- who strained his left pectoral in a start 11 days ago -- will need to progress from playing catch to bullpen sessions to facing hitters and then maybe go out on a short rehab assignment before rejoining the Mariners' rotation. In other words, it will be a little while, but Wednesday is a nice step.
Mon, Aug 21, 2017 04:20:00 PM

James Paxton (pectoral) hopes to begin playing catch this weekend.

Paxton remains in shutdown mode with a strained left pectoral muscle, but he told reporters Tuesday that he's feeling much better and he has a check-up exam scheduled for this Friday in Seattle. We should have a clearer picture about his timetable by Saturday. Paxton hit the disabled list on August 11 with a stellar 12-3 record, 2.78 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 138/33 K/BB ratio in 119 2/3 innings this season. The 28-year-old southpaw also missed time in May with a forearm strain.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 09:01:00 AM

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