2010 Draft: Paxton lands in Grand Prairie

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Via Baseball America, former University of Kentucky southpaw James Paxton has signed on with the Grand Prairie Air Hogs of the independent American Association. Paxton was ruled ineligible for his senior season after the NCAA found out that he used an agent (Scott Boras) to negotiate with the Blue Jays last summer when they made him the 37th overall pick. He’ll get about three weeks to show off his stuff to scouts before the draft in June.  I mentioned Paxton as a player the Yanks could target with their first round pick a few weeks ago.

Also, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Paxton’s manager at Grand Prairie will be former Yankee Pete Incaviglia. You probably remember him Rangers and Phillies, but he hit a clean .250-.250-.250 in 16 plate appearances with the Yanks in 1997.

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  • zs190

    I was looking up Paxton and found this link on MLB.com from last year


    This seems to conflict a little with what you wrote before since it seems to suggest that he doesn’t command his stuff well and has fringe average control. It also sounds like he doesn’t really throw a changeup much so right now he only has 2 pitches and possibly project as a reliever.

    Not as excited about drafting this guy in the first round(sounds like that’s where he’s projected to go) if he’s more of a reliever. Did he get better during 09?

    • pat

      He doesn’t throw the changeup because he could pwn college hitters with the power fb and killer curve. Just because he didn’t throw the 3rd pitch doesn’t mean he can’t. That type of velocity with even average control and one solid plus off speed pitch is a very rare commodity in MLB. Throw in the potential for a solid changeup and you have a top of the rotation pitcher.

      • pat

        **That type of velocity from a LHP.

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        Umm.. Lefty, solid control, low-mid 90’s.

        Where do I sign?

  • Marcos

    Um… I’m no expert (far from it actually) on draft/free agent signings etc. But since this guy dropped out of school and signed with an independent team, couldn’t the Yanks just sign him for $ instead of drafting him? I’m almost sure I’m wrong, but I’d appreciate the clarification.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      No, he still has college eligibility remaining. Once he runs out of that, he’d become a free agent, but the NCAA isn’t letting him play.

      • Marcos

        OK thanks!
        At least I was right… in that I was wrong.