Josh James
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Astros pitching devil magic is the new Cardinals position player devil magic. Houston has a slew of high-strikeout, high-spin hurlers at every level of the minors, and since James reached MLB last season and throws smoke, he has become the face of this movement. He was a 34th-round pick in 2014 and pitched all last season as a 25-year-old, so nobody outside the organization could have seen this coming. James credits fixing his sleep apnea as the reason for his velocity spike. Just on the strength of his 98-mph fastball (has touched 102) and plus 89-mph changeup, he will miss bats at a very high clip throughout his big-league career. His 86-mph slider is a work in progress, but it has a chance to be an above-average offering. His command is fringe-average and his groundball rate is below-average, but his stuff is good enough that he could be a high-strikeout No. 3 starter as is. He has a good chance to win a rotation spot in spring training. Read Past Outlooks
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Records first win
PHouston Astros
May 18, 2019
James (1-0) picked up the win in Saturday's 7-3 victory over the Red Sox, walking one and striking out two over three scoreless innings of relief.
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He entered the game in the fifth inning after Corbin Martin put the first two baserunners aboard, and after loading the bases with one out, James fanned Xander Bogaerts and got Rafael Devers to ground out to end the threat. The fireballing right-hander has now reeled off six straight scoreless appearances, posting a 14:4 K:BB in 10 innings over that stretch as he works his way back into more high-leverage work following a rough April.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .188 94 29 13 15 2 0 5
Since 2017vs Right .180 100 35 8 16 4 0 3
2019vs Left .179 47 15 8 7 0 0 3
2019vs Right .188 56 20 6 9 2 0 2
2018vs Left .195 47 14 5 8 2 0 2
2018vs Right .171 44 15 2 7 2 0 1
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-80%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-94%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
2017
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ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 6.75 1.55 21.1 1 0 0 14.3 5.5 2.1
Since 2017Away 1.37 0.72 26.1 2 0 0 10.3 2.7 1.0
2019Home 10.64 1.91 11.0 0 0 0 14.7 6.5 3.3
2019Away 0.66 0.66 13.2 1 0 0 11.2 4.0 0.7
2018Home 2.61 1.16 10.1 1 0 0 13.9 4.4 0.9
2018Away 2.13 0.79 12.2 1 0 0 9.2 1.4 1.4
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Josh James compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
2.67
 
K/9
13.5
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
1.7
 
Fastball
96.9 mph
 
ERA
4.73
 
WHIP
1.28
 
BABIP
.285
 
GB/FB
0.83
 
Left On Base
70.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.3%
 
Spin Rate
2314 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
39.1%
 
Swinging Strike
15.7%
 
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Mops up Saturday
PHouston Astros
May 5, 2019
James (back) struck out one in a perfect ninth inning in relief Saturday in the Astros' 14-2 win over the Angels.
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Likely unavailable Wednesday
PHouston Astros
Back
May 1, 2019
Manager AJ Hinch said he would try not to use James (back) against the Twins on Wednesday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Rebounds after shaky stretch
PHouston Astros
April 17, 2019
James struck out three, walked one and hit a batter over two scoreless innings in Tuesday's 9-1 win over the Athletics.
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Fans four in mop-up duty
PHouston Astros
April 4, 2019
James allowed one run on two hits and struck out four over two innings in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Rangers.
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Wins bullpen job
PHouston Astros
March 24, 2019
James earned a spot in the Astros' bullpen for Opening Day, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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