Paxton returns to UK for senior season

The NCAA's # 3 strikeout leader, senior southpaw James Paxton, has decided to return to Kentucky for his senior season. Paxton was a supplemental first round draft pick in the 2009 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Paxton finished the 2009 season ranked third in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings, fanning 13.2 hitters per nine innings pitched. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, struck out 115 in 78.1 innings last season.

Last season, Paxton finished with a 5-3 record and a 5.86 ERA. 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 2009 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.

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