2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: James Paxton
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at New York Yankees starting pitcher James Paxton to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season
Before the 2019 season, the New York Yankees brought in James Paxton to fortify a pitching rotation that needed a better slew of arms. There’s no denying that the big southpaw is incredibly talented, and has the ability to be an ace, however, injuries always seem to get in the way. Since entering the bigs in 2013, he’s never topped 160.1 innings (career-high in 2018) or made 30 starts in a season. He dealt with injuries again in 2019, his first year with the Bronx Bombers, but in 150.2 innings, he went 15-6 with a 3.82 ERA and a quality 29.4 percent strikeout rate.
In 2019, he posted a 1.37 HR/9, which was the highest of his career. Coming to New York, a much smaller stadium than what he had in Seattle, it was to be expected that there would be a slight jump, especially with Paxton transitioning to more of a fly ball pitcher. Interestingly enough, every year since entering the bigs, his ground ball rate has declined. With that, fly balls have increased, which can be worrisome,...