James Paxton has first round talent, in fact, he was taken 37th overall by the Blue Jays in 2009, but the left-hander and his agent, Scott Boras, failed to reach a contract agreement with Toronto prior to the deadline.
Since he had hired an agent, the junior couldn't return to Kentucky to complete his college career and (following a lawsuit) instead Paxton turned to the Independent Leagues and then re-entered the 2010 draft.
The concerns over his demands and the extended layoff from top competition allowed him to slip to the fourth round, where the Mariners gobbled him up and actually ended up signing him for a reasonable bonus.
The left-handed starter sits in the mid 90s and can reach the upper 90s on occasion, and he also throws a good slider, a curveball and a change up that is still a work in progress. Now that he is in pro ball (Clinton in the Midwest League) and facing top competition, he figures to move quickly and could make it to the big leagues by mid-2012.