ARLINGTON, Texas – UTA senior right-handed pitcher Daniel James has been picked in the 26th round of the 2018 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals, it was announced on Wednesday afternoon.
A native of Lubbock, Texas, James joins UTA junior centerfielder Noah Vaughan as selections in the 2018 MLB Draft, which continues through Wednesday night.
James, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander, appeared in 21 games for the Mavs in 2018, with a 2-5 record and a 3.56 ERA and six saves. James worked 30.1 innings, allowing 28 hits and 15 walks, striking out 28.
In his four-year career, James appeared in 85 games with three starts, owning a 4.29 ERA with 22 saves in 126 innings, allowing only 38 walks and striking out 102. James earned first-team All-Sun Belt honors in 2017 after leading the circuit with 13 saves, the second most in UTA single-season history. James ranks sixth in program history in appearances and third in saves.
JAMES CAREER BIO
• 2017 Sun Belt Conference Pitcher of the Week (3/20)
• 2017 Second-Team Sun Belt Conference (RP)
Turned in a strong season as UTA's third-most used reliever, despite missing time due to injury ... Appeared in 21 games with one start, earning a 2-5 record with a 3.56 ERA and six saves ... Worked 30.1 innings, allowing 28 hits and 15 walks, striking out 28 ... Appeared in 12 of UTA's 30 conference games, posting a 1-3 record and a 3.77 ERA with four saves in 14.1 innings ... Worked in 14 games vs. Sun Belt foes, including two outings in the Sun Belt Championships ... Had a prolific April, going 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in eight games ... Worked three hitless innings in the Sun Belt Championships over two appearances ... Inherited 11 runners in relief, allowing five to score ... Made season debut with four innings in relief vs. Texas A&M-CC, fanning five ... Made only start of the year vs. SFA on Feb. 25, walking five with two strikeouts in three hitless innings ... Earned first save of hte year with a shutout inning vs. Abilene Christian ... Tossed three shutout innings at Louisiana on April 8 for his first win of the year ... Earned saves vs. No. 23 Sam Houston State, Arkansas State, Georgia Southern and Little Rock.
Suffered a hip injury that sidelined him for the first four weeks … Returned to action to throw four-shutout innings vs. No. 4 Texas Tech at Globe Life Park on March 14, allowing just a hit with six strikeouts to earn the save … Finished with an 0-3 record and a 3.81 ERA in 21 games, fanning 23 in 28.1 innings, allowing 25 hits and just seven walks … Totaled 13 saves, the second-most in UTA single-season history … Was a save shy of tying the single-season mark … Held opponents to a .238 average and had a 1.13 WHIP … Inherited 10 runners, allowing only one to score … Worked in 17 of UTA's 30 Sun Belt games, with an 0-3 record and a 5.31 ERA … Led the circuit with 11 saves in league action … Worked eight shutout, two-hit innings in non-conference play … had six saves and a 6.57 ERA in 10 games at Clay Gould … Had a 2.25 ERA with six saves in 10 games on the road … Pitched in 16 games that UTA won, posting an 0.83 ERA with 13 saves and nine hits allowed in 21.2 innings … Had six saves and a 1.86 ERA in eight games in April … Allowed only one stolen base … Named Sun Belt Pitcher of the Week after his dominating four-inning, one-hit win over No. 4 Texas Tech in his season debut … Earned two saves in his first weekend of the year, at Georgia State, working 1.2 shutout in each outing … Tossed a shutout ninth for his third save in a series-opening win over Georgia Southern … Suffered first loss of the year on Sunday vs. Georgia Southern, allowing four runs in 1.2 innings … Worked shutout innings in saves vs. Troy (twice), at Appalachian State (twice), vs. Little Rock and at Arkansas State … Also earned a two-out save at Arkansas State in the series opener, and a two-inning save in a win over No. 23 Texas A&M … Picked up 10th save with 1.1 shutout at ULM … Allowed a run but earned his 11th save in a win over No. 20 Louisiana, helping UTA sweep the Cajuns for the first time in school history … Worked shutout outings in 16 of his 21 games … Suffered ninth-inning losses vs. Coastal Carolina and at Texas State in the final two weekends … Worked the ninth inning in UTA's division clinching win at Texas State in the middle game, striking out one on eight pitches.
Appeared in 23 games with one start, owning an 0-4 record and a 3.99 ERA … Had three saves in 29.1 innings, allowing 31 hits and seven walks, striking out 24 … Held opponents to a .279 average … Allowed 10 doubles, one triple and two homers … Was 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in nine Sun Belt games, with a save in 10 innings … Had a 3.21 ERA in 22 relief games … Inherited nine runners, allowing four to score … Earned save vs. Oklahoma State with a shutout ninth … Picked up second save of the year with a shutout inning at Louisiana Tech, stranding the bases loaded in a one-run game … First five outings were scoreless … Third save of the year came in an inning vs. Arkansas State … Worked two shutout innings, fanning three, vs. Texas Tech … Lone start came vs. Incarnate Word, allowing three runs on six hits over 1.1 innings … Worked three shutout innings in relief at Texas A&M.
Appeared in 20 games with one start, owning a 2-3 record and a 5.45 ERA … Worked in 38 innings, allowing 48 hits and nine walks, striking out 27 … Surrendered 12 doubles and three homers … Worked a season-high four innings in relief vs. Texas, allowing just a run … Tossed three shutout innings vs. Dartmouth, earning his first career win … Suffered first career loss on opening day vs. Missouri State, allowing three runs over an inning … Picked up second win of the season with three shutout innings, allowing just two hits vs. TCU … Returned vs. TCU with 2.1 shutout innings in relief later in April … Made lone start of the season vs. Troy – the second game of a doubleheader – allowing five runs, three earned runs and seven hits in two innings … ERA took a hit after allowing six runs on five hits in 0.2 innings vs. Texas State.
Earned four letters at Lubbock High School for coach Steve Ribera … Named pitcher of the year as a sophomore and junior … Member of the West Texas ABA.
Son of Darryl and Laura James … Has two sisters, Kristen (23) and Lauren (17) … Sister Kristen played tennis at Seattle University … Is majoring in finance.
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