The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder finished the year with a 5-3 record and a 5.86 ERA, ranking third in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings (13.2), just behind No. 1 overall pick Steven Strasburg of San Diego State – considered to be the best draft prospect in MLB history – and Oral Roberts hurler Mark Serrano. Paxton fanned 115 in 78.1 innings in 2009, issuing just 20 walks while holding opponents to a .266 average.
In his three-year career, Paxton has totaled an 11-5 record and a 4.91 ERA, appearing in 55 games with 24 starts. Paxton has two career saves in 148.1 innings, allowing 149 hits, while striking out 168. Paxton's 115 strikeouts in 2009 check in fifth-best in the 105-year history of the Kentucky program, marking just the 10th player in program history to eclipse 100 strikeouts in a season. Paxton and UK senior southpaw Chris Rusin (108 strikeouts in 94.1 IP) teamed to help UK set a new season strikeout record, as the UK staff fanned 523 in 2009, breaking the previous record of 502 team strikeouts in 1995.
Paxton selected in MLB supplemental 1st Round
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