2019 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: James Paxton
Colby Conway takes an in-depth look at the numbers and tells fantasy baseball owners what they can expect from the Yankees lefty during the 2019 MLB season.
After spending the past six seasons with the Mariners, Paxton will don the pinstripes in 2019, forming a lethal 1-2 punch at the top of the Yankee rotation with righty Luis Severino . When on the mound, Paxton has been as dominant as they come for the Mariners, posting high strikeout rates and being one of the best pitchers on a per-inning basis. While his 3.76 ERA was a steep regression from his 2.98 mark in 2017, his FIP of 3.24 last season indicates that he was better than his ERA showed. Furthermore, his xFIP was 3.02, further highlighting that Paxton’s individual performance on the mound wasn’t indicative of a pitcher with a 3.76 ERA.
It’s crazy to think a six-year starter with 41 career wins and a career-high of 12 wins in a season (2017) is currently being drafted as the 17th pitcher and pick 55 overall, per NFBC at time of writing. For what it’s worth, Miguel González , Scott Kazmir , Wei-Yin Chen and Jered Weaver have more wins than Paxton since the start of the 2013...