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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Taijuan Walker tossed an eight-inning complete game, allowing only one run, but suffered the loss on Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
Walker was out-dueled by Mark Buehrle, who was just a bit better on this particular evening. The right-hander limited the Jays to four hits and a walk while striking out six. The only run scored in the bottom of the eighth on a Ryan Goins RBI single. Walker didn't pitch deep in games after returning from his right shoulder injury in late June, but posted solid results in five starts and three relief appearances, ending his season with a 2.61 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings. Sep 24 - 9:16 PM

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Taijuan Walker allowed two runs over 5 2/3 innings Friday in a 10-5 win over the Astros.

Filling in for the injured Roenis Elias (elbow), Walker was making his first start for the Mariners since way back on July 23. The young right-hander gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out seven batters. While he wasn't great, he managed to dance around trouble for most the evening. Walker lines up for another start next week against the Blue Jays in Toronto
Sep 20 - 1:16 AM

Taijuan Walker will start for the Mariners on Friday night against the Astros.

He'll be filling in for Roenis Elias, who is likely done for the season with elbow troubles. Walker owns a 2.96 ERA and 21/15 K/BB ratio in 24 1/3 innings (three starts and three relief appearances) this season for the Mariners and makes for an intriguing fantasy streamer against the punchless 'Stros.
Sep 18 - 12:09 PM

Taijuan Walker will pitch out of the Seattle bullpen.

Walker was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma on Monday with major league rosters expanding to 40, but there is no plan yet for him to make a start. The talented 22-year-old right-hander owns a 3.60 ERA in three starts this season, but he has walked 13 in 15 innings.
Sep 1 - 2:43 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma.

It's not clear yet how Walker fits into the Mariners' plans for the rest of the season. He has posted a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings (three starts) this year in the majors, but control is still an issue for the 22-year-old.
Sep 1 - 1:43 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said that Taijuan Walker and Erasmo Ramirez are candidates to start Sunday's game against the White Sox.

They could also elect to go with a bullpen start. Walker was rocked for eight runs over 2 1/3 innings at Triple-A Tacoma Monday, but McClendon said that won't be a factor when he makes a decision on Sunday's start. The young righty holds a 3.60 in three starts for the big club this season.
Aug 5 - 6:41 PM

Mariners optioned RHP Taijuan Walker to Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker was recalled to make the start Wednesday afternoon, but a return to Tacoma was always on the agenda. Walker allowed two runs over five innings in the start but was once again wild, walking six and hitting Ruben Tejada in the head with a pitch. He'll continue to refine his command at the minor league level.
Jul 23 - 7:17 PM

Taijuan Walker allowed two earned runs over five innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mets.

Walker allowed only two hits but walked six in the shaky outing -- his first at the major league level since July 6. The 21-year-old right-hander is expected to be sent back to Triple-A Tacoma by Thursday afternoon.
Jul 23 - 6:52 PM

Taijuan Walker is expected to be sent down following Wednesday's start.

The Mariners have an off day Monday and plan to go with four starters for a while. Walker could potentially change their mind with a nice effort Wednesday, but it sounds like the top prospect will have a short stay with the big club.
Jul 23 - 2:40 PM

Mariners recalled RHP Taijuan Walker from Triple-A Tacoma.

Walker will start on Wednesday against the Mets. The young right-hander has posted a 3.60 ERA while striking out nine over 10 innings in his two starts for the Mariners this season. He isn't guaranteed to stay over the long haul, but his upside makes him a worthy pick-up in any leagues where he's available.
Jul 23 - 1:43 AM

Taijuan Walker will be recalled to start on Wednesday versus the Mets.

Walker has put up a 3.60 ERA while striking out nine over 10 innings in his two starts for the Mariners this season. With James Paxton (lat) slated to return pretty soon, Walker likely has to pitch well in order to remain in the rotation. Still, he makes for a nice streaming option Wednesday at the very least.
Jul 22 - 6:34 PM

Taijuan Walker could be called up to start Wednesday against the Mets.

The Mariners have pushed back Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez to start Thursday and Friday against the Orioles in Seattle, which leaves Wednesday up in the air. Walker is currently scheduled to start Wednesday in Triple-A, so it doesn't take a major leap of logic to say he's the likely option for the assignment.
Jul 21 - 5:57 PM

Mariners right-handed pitching prospect Taijuan Walker went five innings for Triple-A Tacoma, scattering seven hits, three walks, and one hit batsman while allowing two runs and striking out one batter.

Walker allowed only one extra base hit and induced three double plays, which allowed him to hold Reno to only two runs. Walker threw 52 of his 90 pitches for strikes (57.8 percent), which is acceptable. The main knock on Walker is his perpetual struggles with command, which is common for young pitchers.
Jul 19 - 10:39 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Rays have talked to the Mariners about Taijuan Walker in a potential trade involving David Price.

It's no surprise, as they had similar discussions over the winter before the M's ultimately decided against dealing Walker. However, now that they're in the thick of the American League Wild Card race, it appears they may be more willing to part with the young hurler. Heyman says the Rays want Walker "plus two or three other top young players" for Price. The Mariners have also talked to the Rays about Ben Zobrist.
Jul 18 - 2:54 PM

Taijuan Walker's next start at Triple-A Tacoma has been pushed back from Thursday to Friday.

Walker is now off schedule to reclaim the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation next Tuesday against the Mets. "Taijuan just needs a little more time," Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said Thursday. "He got up here this year, fairly quick (after battling a shoulder injury). That was, more or less, out of necessity. What we’d like to do is have Taijuan get a few more games under his belt.
Jul 17 - 3:32 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
3Humberto Quintero
1B1Logan Morrison
2Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Endy Chavez
3Stefen Romero
CF1Austin Jackson
2James Jones
3Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Denorfia
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4Chris Young
5Roenis Elias
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Brandon Maurer
4Yoervis Medina
5Charlie Furbush
6Tom Wilhelmsen
7Joe Beimel
8Dominic Leone
9Carson Smith
10Lucas Luetge
11Taijuan Walker
12Erasmo Ramirez