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Josh James

Josh James

P | B/T: R/R | 6' 3" 206 | Age: 26
Draft: 2014 (Rd: 34, #1006, Houston Astros) - Western Oklahoma State College
Hollywood, FL USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 5 1 4.70 49 1 1 61.1 100 1.32
2 Seasons 7 1 4.06 55 4 1 84.1 129 1.22
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 49 5-1 4.70 61.1 100 1.32
2 Seasons 55 7-1 4.06 84.1 129 1.22

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2018 HOU AL 91 2 0 2.35 6 3 0 23.0 15 6 6 3 7 29 0.96
2019 HOU AL 266 5 1 4.70 49 1 1 61.1 46 34 32 10 35 100 1.32
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 55 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55

The Astros mine Oklahoma junior colleges better than any team and found a 34th-round steal at Western Oklahoma State JC in 2014 when they signed James for $15,000. He didn't do much in his first four pro seasons but took off in his fifth, leading the Minors in strikeout rate (13.5 per nine innings) and pitching so well in Houston that he claimed a spot on the postseason roster. He credits his surge to addressing his sleep apnea after the 2016 season, and the club also points to his improved conditioning.

After working with a 92-94 mph fastball earlier in his pro career, James sat at 95-97 and reached triple digits as a starter in 2018, and he averaged 97 mph as a big league reliever. His heater has armside run to go with the premium velocity, and he can abuse hitters who try to sit on the fastball with a lively changeup that gives him a second plus-plus pitch when at its best. He can miss bats with his mid-80s slider as well, though it lacks the consistency of his other offerings and can get more sweepy than sharp.

While James has the pure stuff to become a frontline starter, it remains to be seen whether he has the control and command to stay in a rotation for the long term. He struggles to repeat his delivery on a consistent basis, which hampers his ability to locate his pitches. At worst, his electric stuff should make him a late-inning bullpen weapon.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2018 349 53 4 7.5 87.3 16.3 .196 .343 .268 .275 .353 28.3 31.9 7.7
2019 1142 127 6 4.7 89.7 17.3 .171 .286 .304 .263 .337 39.2 37.6 13.2
ALL 1491 180 10 5.6 89.0 17.0 .178 .301 .295 .266 .342 36.0 36.1 11.8
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
09/01/2019 Houston Astros activated RHP Josh James from the 10-day injured list.
08/22/2019 Houston Astros sent RHP Josh James on a rehab assignment to Round Rock Express.
07/23/2019 Houston Astros placed RHP Josh James on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 22, 2019. Right arm fatigue.
09/01/2018 Houston Astros recalled RHP 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 Josh James on the reserve list.
06/18/2014 RHP Joshua James assigned to Greeneville Astros.
06/17/2014 Houston Astros signed RHP Josh James.