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Joshua James (born March 8, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Josh James
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James in 2018
Houston Astros – No. 39
Born: (1993-03-08) March 8, 1993 (age 26)
Hollywood, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 1, 2018, for the Houston Astros
MLB statistics
(through September 15, 2019)
Win–loss record7–1
Earned run average4.26


James attended South Broward High School in Hollywood, Florida and played college baseball at Western Oklahoma State College. He was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 34th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft[1] and he signed.

James made his professional debut in 2014 with the Greeneville Astros and spent the whole season there, going 1-3 with a 2.72 ERA in 39.2 innings pitched. He pitched 2015 with the Quad Cities River Bandits where he was 7-4 with a 2.63 ERA in 24 games (18 starts), 2016 with the Lancaster JetHawks where he posted a 9-5 record and a 4.81 ERA in 23 games (19 starts), and 2017 with the Corpus Christi Hooks where he was 4-8 with a 4.38 ERA in 21 games, 11 which were starts.[2] He started the 2018 season with Corpus Christi and was promoted to the Fresno Grizzlies during the season.[3] In 2018, he saw a jump in his velocity, which he credited to his sleep apnea diagnosis during the offseason.[4]

James was promoted to the major leagues for the first time on September 1, 2018.[5] He began the 2019 season in the Astros bullpen.


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  2. ^ "Josh James Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved June 24, 2018.
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