Former Grand Prairie AirHog James Paxton has been invited to Seattle Mariners spring training with a good chance at making the big league club. James is currently ranked as the Mariners #4 prospect and many scouts believe that James will be wearing a Mariners jersey sometime this season.
Mariners invite 18 to spring training, including Zunino, Walker, Paxton, Franklin.
Here’s the book on Paxton:
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
James Paxton / LHP, SEA Born 11/6/1988
(24 yrs old) Richmond, BC, Canada School: Kentucky Height 6-4 Weight 215 Bats/Throws L/L 40 | 6/1/2012
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (1/25/2013): #65 MiLB.com Season Preview: Unranked or n/a Scout.com/FOX Sports: Unranked or n/a ESPN: Unranked or n/a The Sporting News: Unranked or n/a Baseball America 2013: Unranked or n/a Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: NaN.
Total professional innings pitched: 201.
Two years from now, the Seattle Mariners might just have one of the very best rotations in all of baseball. Yes, really. In addition to solid and near-ready Danny Hultzen and phenom Taijuan Walker, the Mariners also own James Paxton, a tall, athletic Canadian lefthander. Paxton rose to national attention at U Kentucky, and was selected in the 2009 Draft’s supplemental round by the Toronto Blue Jays. He did not sign, however, and quickly became embroiled in a hubbub and eventual lawsuit when it was revealed that his ‘family adviser’ Scott Boras may have negotiated with the Blue Jays on his behalf, which is against NCAA rules. He thus became ineligible to play NCAA ball in 2010, and instead parked himself in independent ball to await the next draft, when he was selected by the Mariners much later, at #132nd overall. His mid-nineties stuff and sick breaking ball didn’t get much challenge in Grand Prairie, but at least it kept him in shape, and he didn’t seem fazed when making seven starts at AA Jackson last year for Seattle: 3-0, 1.85, 1.05 and 51 strikeouts in 39 innings. He’ll probably be expected to put in a full-season of minor league ball just to prove he can handle the workload, but his talent and performance has already been enough to make Paxton a name worth circling, highlighting and sticking on the wall for mid-to-late 2012.