Josh James
26-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
A quadriceps injury suffered early in spring training took James out of the mix for a rotation spot. He ended up making the team in a relief role and the bullpen is where he remained throughout the campaign, with only one of his 49 appearances coming as a starter. Using a fastball that averaged north of 97 mph, an 89-mph changeup and two variations of a breaking ball, James struck batters out at a healthy 37.6% clip, with the swinging-strike rate to match (16.2%). His walk rate was too high at 13.2% and he was burned at times by the long ball, but even so the estimators say he should have been a sub-4.00 ERA pitcher. James was sidelined by a sore shoulder in the summer and went on to post ERAs of 4.50 and 5.40 in September and October, respectively, though he did have a 34:11 K:BB in those two months. The arm is electric, but James will be 27 on Opening Day and the door may be closed for him as a starter. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Astros in June of 2014 that includes a $15,000 signing bonus.
In mix for rotation spot
PHouston Astros
February 19, 2020
Astros pitching coach Brent Strom said Tuesday that James is one of three legitimate candidates for the No. 5 starter spot, along with Austin Pruitt and Framber Valdez, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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All but one of James' 49 appearances with Houston last season came out of the bullpen, and it looked like the ship might have sailed on him as a starter entering his age-27 season. However, the organization "completely revamped" James' delivery in the offseason, per Rome, and the Astros hope those changes lead to improved command. The right-hander has an electric arm and has flashed a big strikeout punch; he easily has the highest upside among the candidates Strom named.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
22
Last 10 Games
17
Last 5 Games
21
How many pitches does Josh James generally throw?
 
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11-20
 
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121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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What part of the game does Josh James generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2017
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BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .193 178 63 26 29 4 0 8
Since 2017vs Right .201 179 66 16 32 7 1 5
2019vs Left .193 131 49 21 21 2 0 6
2019vs Right .212 135 51 14 25 5 1 4
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
 
 
-54%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-58%
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 5.57 1.55 42.0 3 1 0 16.3 5.1 2.1
Since 2017Away 2.55 0.90 42.1 4 0 1 11.3 3.8 0.6
2019Home 6.54 1.67 31.2 2 1 0 17.1 5.4 2.6
2019Away 2.73 0.94 29.2 3 0 1 12.1 4.9 0.3
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 2019 data (min 30 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
2.86
 
K/9
14.7
 
BB/9
5.1
 
HR/9
1.5
 
Fastball
97.2 mph
 
ERA
4.70
 
WHIP
1.32
 
BABIP
.330
 
GB/FB
0.87
 
Left On Base
70.1%
 
Exit Velocity
89.6 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
4.0%
 
Spin Rate
2358 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
38.7%
 
Swinging Strike
16.3%
 
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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.
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Looking like starter
PHouston Astros
February 16, 2020
James threw a bullpen session Friday from a full windup, indicating the Astros plan to stretch him out as a starter this spring, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Competing for rotation in camp
PHouston Astros
January 12, 2020
James will compete for the fifth spot in the Astros' rotation during spring training, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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On playoff roster
PHouston Astros
October 4, 2019
James is on the Astros' playoff roster.
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Doesn't have it Wednesday
PHouston Astros
September 12, 2019
James (5-1) allowed four runs on three hits and failed to retire a batter Wednesday, taking the loss against Oakland.
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Fans five in win
PHouston Astros
September 5, 2019
James (5-0) allowed one run and struck out five over two innings to pick up the win in extra innings over Seattle on Thursday.
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