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Josh James
Josh James #63
James relies on 3 pitches. Four Seamer (62.3%), Changeup (19.8%), Slider (17.9%),

HT
6' 3"
WT
206
AGE
25
POS
P
BAT
R
THROW
R
BORN
Mar 8, 1993 
FROM
Hollywood, FL USA 
DEBUT
Sep 1, 2018  
DRAFTED
2014 
ACTIVE
YES

Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 1 0 2.81 4 2 0 16.0 24 1.00
1 Season 1 0 2.81 4 2 0 16.0 24 1.00
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 4 1-0 2.81 16.0 24 1.00
1 Season 4 1-0 2.81 16.0 24 1.00

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 HOU AL 1 0 2.81 4 2 0 16.0 10 5 5 2 6 24 1.00
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 50

James pitched just four innings as a freshman at Barry (Fla.) in 2012, then sat out a year before resurfacing at Western Oklahoma State JC. The Astros scout Oklahoma junior colleges as hard as anyone and made him one of their six 2014 Draft picks from that demographic, signing him for $15,000 in the 34th round. He advanced to Double-A but didn't do much else to distinguish himself in his first four pro seasons before taking a huge step forward in his fifth.

James credits his jump to addressing his sleep apnea two offseasons ago, and he dedicated himself to conditioning last offseason and was the most improved Astros prospect in Spring Training this year. After working with a 92-94 mph fastball in the past, he's now sitting at 95-97 and reaching triple digits. His improved heater has helped him lead the Minors in strikeout rate for much of 2018.

Besides his fastball, James also throws a slider that shows flashes of becoming a plus pitch and an improving changeup that dives and fades. He doesn't repeat his delivery consistently, so he may not provide enough strikes to remain a starter. His ability to miss bats and generate weak contact could make him a nice bullpen option.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit %
2018 257 34 2 5.9 87.2 15.1 .164 .300 .250 .244 .338 32.4
ALL 257 34 2 5.9 87.2 15.1 .164 .300 .250 .244 .338 32.4
MLB 30874 6.1 87.3 10.9 .248 .410 .317 .318 .369 34.1

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/01/2018 Houston Astros recalled Josh James from Fresno Grizzlies.
05/06/2018 RHP Josh James assigned to Fresno Grizzlies from Corpus Christi Hooks.
08/12/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Josh James.
08/01/2017 RHP Josh James roster status changed by Corpus Christi Hooks.
07/17/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Josh James from the 7-day disabled list.
07/02/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks placed RHP Josh James on the 7-day disabled list.
06/25/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Josh James from the temporarily inactive list.
06/21/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks placed RHP Josh James on the temporarily inactive list.
05/25/2017 Corpus Christi Hooks activated RHP Josh James.
05/23/2017 RHP Josh James roster status changed by Corpus Christi Hooks.
05/01/2017 RHP Josh James assigned to Corpus Christi Hooks from Tri-City ValleyCats.
04/28/2017 RHP Joshua James assigned to Tri-City ValleyCats from Corpus Christi Hooks.
09/30/2016 Joshua James roster status changed by Lancaster JetHawks.
09/01/2016 Lancaster JetHawks placed RHP Joshua James on the 7-day disabled list.
04/05/2016 RHP Joshua James assigned to Lancaster JetHawks from Quad Cities River Bandits.
04/01/2015 RHP Joshua James assigned to Quad Cities River Bandits from Greeneville Astros.
10/30/2014 RHP Joshua James assigned to Indios de Mayaguez.
10/30/2014 Indios de Mayaguez placed RHP Joshua James on the reserve list.
06/18/2014 RHP Joshua James assigned to Greeneville Astros.
06/17/2014 Houston Astros signed RHP Josh James.