Christian James

#20 CHRISTIAN JAMES – RHP
Height: 6-3 Weight: 210
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Born: Tampa, Florida
Resides: Tarpon Springs, Florida
High School: East Lake (Tarpon Springs, Florida)
Draft: 14th – NYM – 2016
DOB: 5/24/98 Opening Night Age: 22
Classification: LS-2

Career Highlights: Fifth season of professional baseball and first with the Goldeyes…signed by the Goldeyes on 2/11/21…career 9-18 record with three saves and a 3.62 ERA in 64 games, 47 of them as a starting pitcher…nine career games finished in relief…263.1 career innings pitched, allowing 262 hits, 88 walks, and 13 home runs…203 career strikeouts…has averaged just 0.4 home runs per nine innings during career…has averaged 1.65 groundouts for every airout as a professional (the 2020 MLB average was 1.02)…has held the opposition to a .226 average with two outs and runners in scoring position during career (115 AB)…has allowed three or fewer earned runs in 38 of 47 career starts…has walked two batters or less in 33 of 47 career starts, and has walked three batters or less in 44 of them…drafted by the New York Mets in the 14th round in 2016…ranked the 30th best prospect in the New York Mets’ organization in 2018 by Baseball America…played at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, Florida…full name is Christian Vincent James

2019
Columbia (South Atlantic/A/New York Mets): 3-11 with a 5.07 ERA for the Fireflies in 24 games, 21 of them starts…finished one game…113.2 innings pitched, allowing 132 hits, 46 walks, and six home runs…struck out 76…tied for first in the South Atlantic League by inducing 15 groundball double plays…15 double plays also tied for seventh at Double-A or below, and tied for 15th overall in the affiliated minor leagues…allowed three or fewer earned runs in 17 of 21 starts…walked two batters or less in 13 of 21 starts, and walked three batters or less in 19 of them…struck out seven and allowed two unearned runs during start on 4/24 at West Virginia while taking the loss…pitched 5.2 relief innings, allowing two earned runs with two strikeouts on 5/16 at Augusta…started and took no-decision on 5/26 at Charleston, striking out four in 6.0 shutout innings…allowed one earned run and struck out two over 7.0 innings during start on 6/27 vs. Hickory while taking the loss…started and won on 7/9 vs. Augusta, allowing one earned run in 6.1 innings while striking out three

2018
Binghamton (Eastern/AA/New York Mets): 0-1 in one start for the Mets, allowing one earned run in 4.0 innings with four strikeouts

St. Lucie (Florida State/A+/New York Mets): Made one start for the Mets, allowing zero earned runs in 5.0 innings with five strikeouts while taking a no-decision

Brooklyn (New York-Penn/A-/New York Mets): 4-2 with a 2.01 ERA for the Cyclones in 13 games, all of them starts…71.2 innings pitched, allowing 61 hits, 20 walks, and four home runs…struck out 45…finished tied for seventh in the New York-Penn League in starts, second in ERA, fifth in innings pitched, tied for sixth in opponent’s batting average (.232), sixth in WHIP (1.13), and third in ground-out-to-air-out ratio (1.82)…pitched at least 5.0 innings in nine of 13 starts, including six starts of at least 6.0 innings…allowed two or fewer earned runs in 11 of 13 starts, including six starts in which he did not allow an earned run…walked two batters or less in nine of 13 starts, and walked three batters or less in all of them…started and took no-decision on 6/15 at Staten Island, pitching 5.0 shutout innings with three strikeouts…started and won on 6/21 at Connecticut, striking out six over 6.2 scoreless innings…started and took no-decision on 7/13 at Aberdeen, allowing two unearned runs and striking out two in 6.0 innings…started and won on 8/9 vs. Connecticut, striking out six in 7.0 shutout innings…started and took no-decision on 8/18 at Hudson Valley, allowing one earned run in 6.0 innings while striking out three…started and won on 8/24 vs. Connecticut, pitching 8.0 shutout innings and striking out four

2017
Kingsport (Appalachian/R/New York Mets): 2-3 with a 4,18 ERA for the Mets in 11 games, all of them starts…51.2 innings pitched, allowing 54 hits 16 walks, and three home runs…struck out 58…finished tied for eighth in the Appalachian League in starts, fifth in strikeouts, and second in ground-out-to-air-out ratio (1.94)…pitched at least 5.0 innings in eight of 11 starts, including four starts of at least 6.0 innings…allowed three or fewer earned runs in eight of 11 starts…walked two batters or less in nine of 11 starts…made first career start on 6/26 vs. Johnson City, allowing two unearned runs and striking out two over 6.0 innings while taking the loss…started and took no-decision on 7/7 vs. Greeneville, striking out five and allowing one earned run in 6.0 innings…started and picked up first career win on 7/13 at Pulaski, striking out nine over 5.1 shutout innings…started and took no-decision on 7/18 at Bluefield, allowing one earned run with seven strikeouts over 6.0 innings…started and won on 8/12 at Greeneville, pitching 6.1 shutout innings with nine strikeouts

2016
Mets (Gulf Coast/R/New York Mets): 0-1 with three saves and a 0.52 ERA for the Mets’ Gulf Coast affiliate in 14 appearances, all of them in relief…finished eight games…17.1 innings pitched, allowing 11 hits, five walks, and zero home runs…struck out 15…did not allow an earned run in 13 of 14 relief appearances…made professional debut on 6/28 at the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, pitching 1.0 scoreless relief inning…earned first career save on 7/14 vs. the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate, striking out two in 1.0 scoreless inning…pitched 2.0 shutout relief innings with two strikeouts on 7/30 vs. the Cardinals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate…struck out four in 2.0 scoreless relief innings on 9/1 vs. the Marlins’ Gulf Coast League affiliate

Rick Forney on Christian James: Christian is a sinker-baller who pounds the zone and lets the defence play behind him. At one point, he was one of the top-30 prospects in the Mets’ organization. We’re going to bring him in and give him a chance to hold down a spot at the back-end of our starting rotation. The velocity is good, the sink is good, and we’re hoping he can give us 20 starts and 120 innings. He throws the ball over the plate and did really well in a short audition at Double-A, so I’m excited to add a young prospect like Christian.