Former AirHogs pitcher James Paxton is off to an incredible start with the Seattle Mariners. Since joining the big league club in early September, the lefty who pitched for the AirHogs at the start of the 2010 season, is 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA in four starts. The hard-throwing left-hander turned in a brilliant performance for the Mariners in a 4-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Paxton tossed seven shutout innings, allowing just four hits and striking out 10 and walking none.
Paxton started four games for the AirHogs at the beginning of the 2010 season going 1-2 with a 4.08 ERA in 17.2 innings. He came to Grand Prairie in hopes of raising his draft stock before the June MLB Draft that year.
Paxton was a 4th round pick by the Seattle Mariners organization in the 2010 MLB Draft. Before that he was a star at the University of Kentucky from 2007-2009. Paxton was with Triple-A Tacoma this season before being promoted to the show at the beginning of September.