6. James Shields
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: December 20, 1981 in Newhall, CA USA
  • Weight: 215 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 31, 2006
  • Final Game: October 01, 2016
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James Shields made his Major League debut for the Tampa Bay Rays in 2006, and he would play there until 2012.  Starting 217 of his 218 Games, a Ray, Shields became an upper-end starter and certified innings eater for the team.

As of this writing, Shields is the all-time franchise leader in Wins (87), Innings Pitched (1,454.2), Strikeouts (1,250), and Games Started (217).  Shields would pitch at least 200 Innings six years in a row for Tampa (2007-12) and was in the top six four times.  He would also fan a lot of batters as a Ray, finishing third in that vital statistic in both 2011 and 2012.

Shields' best season was in 2011, where he was named an All-Star and would have a career-high 16 Wins, 225 Strikeouts, and a 2.82 ERA.  He finished third in Cy Young voting that year.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Selected in the 16th Round in the Amateur Draft 6/5/00.
  • Departed: Traded to the Kansas City Royals with Wade Davis and a Player to be Named Later (which would be Elliot Johnson) for Patrick Leonard, Mike Montgomery, Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi 12/9/12.
  • Games Played: 218
  • Notable Statistics: 87-73 Record, 217 Games Started, 3.89 ERA, 19 Complete Games, 1,454.2 Innings Pitched, 1,250 Strikeouts, 3.84 FIP, 1.223 WHIP, 20.0 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All-Star (2011)

    Most Complete Games (2011)

    Most Shutouts (2008 & 2011)

    Most Putouts by a Pitcher (2007)
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