There have already been one or two very good debuts around Major League Baseball during the September Call-ups. The Seattle Mariners are one of those teams with the successful debut of Taijuan Walker a few days ago. In their current position the Mariners have the luxury of being able to try out young pitchers and they are getting ready to do so again with James Paxton. Though his numbers are not great from the minor leagues, he will certainly benefit from this debut.
Most September debuts don’t go glaringly amazing like some have this season. For the most part the young players that are getting their first taste of MLB play find it very different. It is challenging and can be very difficult to adjust to. Paxton is likely to be one who has a few struggles in his first few starts at the MLB level but as long as he views them in the right way, he’ll be better for it.
The management over there should be the ideal type that will be able to take this learning moment for Paxton and flip it over to create a situation in which he can really shine. There is the chance that Paxton could go lights out in his first start but chances are it will be an experience he can learn from or be haunted by. They are high enough on him that I feel certain he will react in the correct way. By next season’s spring training, he’ll have a spot in the starting five to fight for.