Yankees 2019 starting rotation report card

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James Paxton

The former Seattle Mariners ace was acquired by the Yankees on November 19, 2018, in exchange for prized prospect Justus Sheffield, along with Dom Thompson-Williams and Erik Swanson. Paxton was traded for, in large part due to his swing and miss stuff, power arm and big-time upside.

Paxton started off the season strong, posting a 3.11 ERA across his first seven starts to go along with a 0.72 WHIP and 12.42 K/9 ratio. Included in this stretch was a dominant outing against the Boston Red Sox on April 16 in which the southpaw tossed eight shutout innings while allowing two hits and striking out 12.

However, Paxton left a May 3 start due to a knee injury and did not return until May 29. The lefty would go on to struggle for the next two months, collecting a 5.88 ERA with a 1.73 WHIP across his next 11 starts.

Where “Big Maple” eventually came into his own, however, was a dominant stretch to end the regular season. Over his final 11 starts, Paxton pitched to a 10-0 record with a 2.51 ERA and a 0.95 WHIP.


One-Third “Good,” One-Third “Bad” and One-Third “Outstanding.”

The Grade: B+