One of the top pitching prospects in Major League Baseball stopped by South Surrey Athletic Park last week to lend a hand at a White Rock-South Surrey Baseball pitching clinic.
James Paxton – a Lower Mainland native and member of the Seattle Mariners – was on hand to chat with the players from WRSSBA’s Mini-8 division, answering questions from the youngsters about everything from his favourite major-league ballpark to his most feared opponent, which he said was Detroit Tigers’ slugger Miguel Cabrera.
Paxton also spent some time on the field, helping pitchers work on their form and technique.
Paxton, 24, made his MLB debut in September, and earned his first win in a Sept. 7 game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He spent most of the season with the Pacific Coast League’s Tacoma Rainers.