SEATTLE, Wash. – Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher James Paxton has been named the American League Player of the Week for April 10-16. It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Paxton.
Paxton was 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 15.0 IP) with 17 strikeouts in two starts against Houston (April 10) and Texas (April 15). He allowed just six hits in his 15.0 innings of work, striking out 10.20 batters per 9.0 innings.
During the week, he led Major League pitchers in ERA (0.00) and innings (15.0), while tying for the lead in wins (2) and tying for 2nd in strikeouts (17).
On the season, he is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER, 21.0 IP) with 22 strikeouts in three starts. His 21.0 consecutive shutout innings to start the season are a Mariners record, passing Mark Lowe (17.2 IP in 2006) for the overall mark, and besting Felix Hernandez’s (17.0 IP in 2007) mark for a starting pitcher.
He has tossed at least 6.0 shutout innings in each of his three starts this season, becoming the 10th pitcher in MLB history since 1900 to begin season with 3 straight starts of 6.0+ scoreless frames. He joined George McQuillan-PHI (1907), Lefty Leifield-PIT (1907), Ray Caldwell-NYY (1914), George Mogridge-NYY (1916), Harry Brecheen-STL (1948), Luis Tiant-CLE (1966), Tommy Greene-PHI (1991), Woody Williams-STL (2003) and Jordan Zimmerman-DET (2016).
This is Paxton’s first career Player of the Week honor, and the first by a Mariners pitcher since Hisashi Iwakuma on Aug. 17, 2015. This is the first Player of the Week honor for the Mariners this season. The last left-handed pitcher to earn a Player of the Week honor for Seattle was Randy Johnson on June 9, 1997.