Josh James
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 9/1/2019
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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Beginning rehab Thursday
PHouston Astros
August 21, 2019
James (shoulder) will begin a minor-league rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
James has been sidelined since July 23 due to shoulder soreness but is finally ready for game action. Assuming everything goes off without a hitch during his rehab stint, James should rejoin the Astros around the end of August or beginning of September.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .194 155 53 24 25 3 0 7
Since 2017vs Right .187 156 56 14 26 6 1 4
2019vs Left .193 108 39 19 17 1 0 5
2019vs Right .194 112 41 12 19 4 1 3
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
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Since 2017Home 5.25 1.53 36.0 2 0 0 15.8 5.5 2.0
Since 2017Away 2.82 0.89 38.1 4 0 0 10.8 3.8 0.7
2019Home 6.31 1.68 25.2 1 0 0 16.5 6.0 2.5
2019Away 3.16 0.94 25.2 3 0 0 11.6 4.9 0.4
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.
    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.
97.3 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
Spin Rate
2357 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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Won't return until September
PHouston Astros
August 20, 2019
James (shoulder) isn't expected to return from the 10-day injured list until September, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Throws 20 pitches off mound
PHouston Astros
August 13, 2019
James (shoulder) threw 20 pitches off a mound over the weekend and felt good, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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Could throw off mound next week
PHouston Astros
August 6, 2019
James (shoulder) could be throwing off a mound next week, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Out until mid-August
PHouston Astros
July 28, 2019
General manager Jeff Luhnow said Sunday that he expects James (shoulder) to remain on the 10-day injured list until around mid-August, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Heads to injured list
PHouston Astros
July 23, 2019
James was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore shoulder Tuesday, Brian McTaggart of reports.
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