Former University of Kentucky Pitcher James Paxton Signs with Grand Prairie AirHogs
Pitcher Named No. 1 College Senior in the Country by Baseball America
Grand Prairie, TX. Ventura Sports Group and Pete Incaviglia, Field
Manager of the Grand Prairie AirHogs announced today the acquisition of
left-handed pitcher James Paxton. Selected in the First Round of the
2009 MLB Draft (Toronto Blue Jays), Paxton elected to re-enter the 2010
draft and will do so with the AirHogs. Paxton was recently named the #1
college senior in the country by Baseball America. Last spring at
Kentucky, he went 78.1 innings with 115 strikeouts, good for a rank of
third in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings (13.22).
The 6’4, 220 lb., 22-year-old, hails from Ladner, British Columbia and touts a career win-loss record of 11-5, with an ERA of 4.91, and 168 strikeouts over 148.1 innings pitched, while at Kentucky. Paxton is an accounting major with a 3.3 GPA and three consecutive years on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Represented by prominent baseball agency the Boras Corporation, Paxton is considered a candidate for a top-10 selection in the 2010 MLB Draft.
The Grand Prairie AirHogs are a member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball, a professional independent baseball league located in the mid-west and southern part of the United States. Two other Boras Corporation clients, Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer, pitched in this league in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Hochevar went on to be the #1 pick of the Kansas City Royals in the 2006 draft signing a guaranteed Major League contract for $5.35 million while Scherzer signed a $4.3 million guaranteed Major League contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Both Hochevar and Scherzer are currently pitching in the Major Leagues.
“Ventura Sports Group, Managing Partner, Mark Schuster noted that “Our approach with these young players is to advance their career without hesitation. Over the last two seasons affiliated MLB has purchased the contracts of 10 players from Grand Prairie.”
Pete Incaviglia said, “I believe our facility here in Grand Prairie is the best representation of a major league ballpark within independent baseball; the playing field is exceptional.” The field was designed and constructed by Roger Bossard, known amongst the industry as "The Sodfather”, whose MLB stadiums include: Arizona, Boston (Fenway), Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Seattle, Washington, and both Chicago ballparks (Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field).
The AirHogs will start their third season on May 14th at QuikTrip Park against the Pensacola Pelicans. Individual Game Tickets are on-sale now and can be purchased in-person at the QuikTrip Park Box Office, located at 1600 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, TX 75050, by calling 972.504.9383 or visiting www.airhogsbaseball.com