Q: Who The Hell Is That Guy Wearing Scott Knazek's #24 Jersey? A: It's James Houser
Houser’s career began as a high-round draft pick out of high school in Sarasota, FL, signing with the Tampa Bay Rays as their second-round selection in 2003. Named Florida’s “Mr. Baseball” after an All-American senior season at Sarasota High, the 6’5 southpaw went on to post a combined 3.67 ERA through his first six minor league seasons, winning a career-high and California League-best 12 games for Visalia in 2006 and climbing as high as fourth on the Rays’ top prospect chart according to Baseball America along the way.
Houser reached Triple-A Durham with the Rays in 2009 before signing with the Florida Marlins prior to the 2010 season. After excelling at Triple-A New Orleans where he held a 3.67 ERA, Houser made his major league debut for the Marlins on June 24, 2010 in a game at Camden Yards against the Baltimore Orioles.