This page is for the major league pitcher from 2008-2013; for other players born as James McDonald, but better known as Jim McDonald, click here
James Zell McDonald
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 5", Weight 195 lb.
- School Golden West College
- High School Long Beach Poly High School
- Debut September 17, 2008
- Final Game May 1, 2013
- Born October 19, 1984 in Long Beach, CA, USA
James McDonald was drafted as a pitcher, then played two seasons as an outfielder in the minor leagues after being a pitcher in 2003. He batted .224 and .229 in his two seasons as a position player, then was converted back to pitching in 2006. In a neat coincidence, his signing scout was Bobby Darwin, who had also switched from pitcher to outfielder.
He is a cousin of major league outfielders Donzell McDonald and Darnell McDonald and minor leaguer Darin McDonald; his uncle was minor leaguer Donzell McDonald Sr.. His father, also called James McDonald, was a tight end for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL in the 1980s.