James Alston Paxton…native of Ladner, British Columbia, a suburb of Vancouver 22 miles from the border crossing in Blaine, WA…attended Delta Secondary School where he helped win BC's Best Tournament Championship as a junior and senior…went 7-1 with a 1.70 ERA with 65 strikeouts as a senior…three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll…pitched for the University of Kentucky from 2007-09… was 11-5 with a 4.91 ERA (81 ER, 148.1 IP) and 168 strikeouts in 55 games (24 starts) for the Wildcats…finished his junior season (2009) ranked 17th in the nation and 4th in the SEC with 115 strikeouts…also ranked 3rd in the NCAA averaging 13.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings…selected by Toronto in the supplemental first round (39th overall) in the 2009 June draft, but did not sign.
Went 6-4 with a 3.04 ERA (25 ER, 74.0 IP) in 13 starts... Went 3-0, 2.12ERA in 5 starts at Safeco Field in 2014, improving to 5-0, 1.69 in 7 career starts in Seattle... Made 8 of 13 starts vs.the AL West, going 5-2, 2.13 ERA vs.LAA (2-1, 2.59), OAK (2-0, 2.63) andTEX (1-1, 0.71)... Opened his career 6-0 with 1.88 ERA in ﬁrst 9 careerstarts…longest winning streak to open a career in Mariners history... Suffered ﬁrst career loss Aug. 20 at Philadelphia (4.0,7,4,1,2,5)... Faced 144 consecutive batters without allowing an extra-base hit Aug.20-Sept. 22…2nd-longest streak in MLB in 2014 (W. Davis, 178 BF) and in club history (J. Beattie, 157 BF, 1982)... Won 9 of his ﬁrst 15 starts (9-3), recording a 2.01 ERA (20 ER, 89.2 IP)…5th-lowest ERA in ﬁrst 15 appearances to begin a career (all starts) dating back to 1914…went 0-1, 9.72 ERA (9 ER, 8.1 IP) over his ﬁnal 2 starts... On the DL April 9-Aug. 2 with strain of the left latissimus dorsi muscle…transferred to 60-day disabled list on June 9... Made four total rehab stats with Triple-A Tacoma (May 24, July 22, July 27) andshort-season Everett (July 17)...Went 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (3 ER, 12.0 IP) in 2 starts beforegoing on the disabled list April 9... Became the ﬁrst pitcher since 1954 to record 7+ shutout innings with9+ strikeouts in two of his ﬁrst ﬁve career games (LHP Karl Spooner, Brooklyn)…also the ﬁrst pitcher since 1967 to toss at least 6.0 shutout innings in three of his ﬁrst ﬁve careergames (RHP Cisco Carlos, CWS)... Became ﬁrst rookie in club history to start a home opener... 9-4 with a 2.66 ERA (29 ER, 98.0 IP) in 17 career MLB starts…2nd-lowest ERA by a Mariners pitcher in ﬁrst 17 career starts (Pineda - 2.58 in 2011)..
Made Major League debut Sept. 7 vs. Tampa Bay (6.0,4,2,1,1,3,HR), recording the win. Was the 7th Mariners pitcher to allow 4 hits or fewer, while tossing at least 6.0 innings in Major League debut. Recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts Sept. 24 vs. Kansas City in fourth career start (7.0,4,0,0,0,10)…joined Oakland's Dan Straily (11 K's, 0 BB 4/5 vs. HOU) as the only other AL rookie pitcher to record 10+ K's in a start in 2013 without issuing a walk. Became the first Mariners pitcher to open a MLB career with a 3-game win streak (all appearances being starts) since Freddy Garcia in 1999. His 1.50 ERA was the 2nd-lowest mark for a pitcher in first 4 starts with the Mariners (not necessarily first four career starts)…Felix Hernandez tops the list, with a 1.24 ERA (4 ER, 29.0 IP) in his first 4 career starts Aug. 4-20, 2005. Limited opponents to a .172 (15x87) avg, including .141 (10x71) vs. right-handed batters. Spent majority of season with AAA Tacoma…finished tied for the team lead with 8 wins, going 8-11 with a 4.45 ERA (70 ER, 145.2 IP) in 28 games/26 starts. Ranked Third in the PCL in strikeouts and games started, while ranking 5th among league starters averaging 8.04 strikeouts per 9.0 innings