Josh James
27-Year-Old PitcherRP
Out
Injury Hip
Est. Return 5/1/2021
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
RANKSFrom Preseason
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Astros in September of 2018.
Undergoes hip surgery
PHouston Astros
Hip
October 24, 2020
James will be out for 6-8 months after undergoing surgery on his left hip Saturday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
James underwent the procedure to repair a labral tear. He's seemingly a lock to miss at least some time at the start of next season, as even hitting the early end of the given timeline would see him back on the field in late April. A slower recovery could leave him out until late June. James really struggled in 17.1 innings this season, posting a 7.27 ERA and a 1.85 WHIP while walking 20.5 percent of opposing batters, though whether or not his hip was part of the problem is not clear.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
25
Last 10 Games
19
Last 5 Games
20
How many pitches does Josh James generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
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121+
 
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31-40
 
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121+
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 2018
 
 
-4%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-32%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-9%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .208 214 69 34 37 6 0 9
Since 2018vs Right .200 226 81 25 39 9 1 8
2020vs Left .286 36 6 8 8 2 0 1
2020vs Right .194 47 15 9 7 2 0 3
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
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-41%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-14%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-58%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-18%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.79 1.60 51.1 3 1 0 15.6 5.6 2.1
Since 2018Away 3.40 1.05 50.1 5 0 1 10.9 4.8 0.9
2020Home 6.75 1.82 9.1 0 0 0 12.5 7.7 1.9
2020Away 7.88 1.88 8.0 1 0 0 9.0 10.1 2.3
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
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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
1.24
 
K/9
10.9
 
BB/9
8.8
 
HR/9
2.1
 
Fastball
96.3 mph
 
ERA
7.27
 
WHIP
1.85
 
BABIP
.283
 
GB/FB
0.74
 
Left On Base
68.2%
 
Exit Velocity
80.2 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
9.9%
 
Spin Rate
2201 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
22.5%
 
Swinging Strike
10.3%
 
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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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Leaves with back tightness
PHouston Astros
Back
October 15, 2020
James left Thursday's win over the Rays in the eighth inning with back tightness according to manager Dusty Baker, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Available for AL Wild Card Round
PHouston Astros
September 28, 2020
James (undisclosed) will be available to pitch in the American League Wild Card Round against Minnesota, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.
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Out for undisclosed reasons
PHouston Astros
Undisclosed
September 25, 2020
James landed on the injured list for undisclosed reasons Friday, Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports.
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Earns hold Thursday
PHouston Astros
September 18, 2020
James allowed one hit and struck out three over 1.2 scoreless innings to earn his third hold in Thursday's 2-1 win over the Rangers.
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Charged with blown save
PHouston Astros
September 9, 2020
James (hip) allowed a run on a hit and two walks while striking out one over two-thirds of an inning in Wednesday's loss to the Athletics.
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