James Pazos

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James Pazos

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Biographical Information[edit]

Pitcher James Pazos was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round of the 2012 amateur draft, out of the University of San Diego. It was his second time being drafted, having already been selected in the 40th round by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2009 amateur draft; he had declined to sign that first time, however.

Pazos reached the majors with the Yankees in 2015, putting up a virgin ERA in 11 games but just 5 innings in first taste of the Show. His debut came on September 5th, and all of his appearances came as the Yankees were battling to secure a spot as a wild card team. In 2016, he pitched another 7 times for New York, totally 3 1/3 innings, and his first decision was a win, even if his ERA was 13.50. The Yankees used him strictly as a LOOGY in these first two seasons, but following the second one, on November 16th, he was sent to the Seattle Mariners in return for Zack Littell.

He took on additional responsibilities with the Mariners in 2017, as he made 59 appearances, pitched 53 2/3 innings and went 4-5, 3.86. In 2018, he pitched 60 games and lowered his ERA to 2.88 while going 4-1 and logging 50 innings. That made him a valuable member of any bullpen. Following the season, however, the Mariners decided to go through a controversial fire sale, dumping a number of veterans in order to decrease salary and add some prospects. Pazos did not have a particularly high salary, but he was still sent to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 3rd, accompanying the higher-ticket Jean Segura and Juan Nicasio, as the Mariners received in return 1B Carlos Santana and SS J.P. Crawford.

Pazos's most effective pitch is his sinker, which he used 91.8% of the time in 2018, according to Statcast. That was the second highest total in the majors, behind only Zach Britton.

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