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Taijuan Walker | Starting Pitcher

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (22) / 8/13/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Taijuan Walker is next scheduled to start on Monday, while Roenis Elias is not currently penciled in for any more Cactus League starts.
As Bob Dutton of the Tacoma New Tribune notes, it's a pretty clear indication that Walker will be the Mariners' No. 5 starter even if the team hasn't announced it yet. While Elias holds a 6.75 ERA and 8/7 K/BB ratio over 14 2/3 innings this spring, Walker is unscored upon over 18 frames while boasting a 19/4 K/BB ratio. The 22-year-old looks to have won the job going away and is a potential breakout performer from the back-end of an impressive Mariners rotation. Mar 27 - 10:29 AM

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Taijuan Walker twirled six scoreless innings Wednesday night against the Cubs.

It wasn't a loaded lineup for Chicago -- no Kris Bryant or Anthony Rizzo -- but Walker probably would have dominated anybody the way he was pitching. The 22-year-old right-hander has now logged 18 scoreless innings this spring and should have a firm grip on the final spot in the Mariners' season-opening rotation. Walker needs to be drafted in most standard fantasy leagues.
Mar 26 - 9:37 AM

Taijuan Walker recorded five strikeouts while tossing four shutout innings in Thursday's Cactus League game versus the Indians.

He walked two and hit a batter but allowed just two singles. It's another terrific effort from Walker, who now boasts 12 shutout frames and a 13/3 K/BB ratio to start off his Cactus League season. His primary competitor for the fifth spot in the rotation, Roenis Elias, has allowed four runs and 13 hits over 7 2/3 innings. Fantasy owners are certainly rooting for the 22-year-old Walker to win the gig.
Mar 19 - 11:51 PM

Taijuan Walker threw three hitless innings Saturday as the Mariners topped the Diamondbacks in Cactus League play.

Walker walked one and struck out two on the afternoon. He was hit by a comebacker in his final inning but was alright, throwing some more in the bullpen following the start. The 22-year-old has now thrown eight shutout innings this spring, striking out eight in that span. Long considered a top prospect for the M's, this could finally be the year his promise pays off.
Mar 14 - 7:25 PM

Taijuan Walker began his spring with a pair of scoreless innings on Wednesday against the Padres.

The right-hander struck out two, walked none, and allowed one hit. Walker is competing with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the last spot in the Mariners' starting rotation, so he has plenty of incentive to show his best stuff this spring. The 22-year-old battled shoulder issues last year and accrued only 38 innings in the big leagues en route to a 2.61 ERA.
Mar 4 - 6:35 PM

Taijuan Walker will compete with Roenis Elias and Erasmo Ramirez for the fifth spot in the Mariners' rotation.

"The more competition, the better," Walker said. "It brings the best out of everyone who is fighting for a spot." The top prospect is obviously the big name here, but Elias could be the favorite for the No. 5 spot after posting a 3.85 ERA and 1.31 WHIP over 29 starts last season. Walker did finish strong with a 1.96 ERA in September and also pitched well in two Arizona Fall League starts. Fantasy owners will be rooting for him during spring training.
Jan 25 - 10:36 AM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in an interview on MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he isn't motivated to trade any of his starting pitching.

Of course that doesn't sound like anything more than posturing heading into the winter meetings, as he's not going to admit that he's desperate to unload from a position of strength to land the big bat he's seeking. There's still a strong chance that Taijuan Walker or another M's starter is indeed dealt before spring training.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014 06:06:00 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik confirmed Sunday that Taijuan Walker has left Surprise in the Arizona Fall League to return to his home in California.

The M's noted that he is fully healthy, and that it was a personal decision for Walker to return home. The prized right-hander was scheduled to throw 30 innings in the Fall showcase after missing time during the regular season due to a shoulder injury. He threw just nine innings, allowing a pair of runs on seven hits while posting an 11/2 K/BB ratio. He will continue his regular offseason training program and is expected to be fully ready for spring training.
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Sun, Oct 19, 2014 11:43:00 PM

Taijuan Walker will pitch 30 innings in the Arizona Fall League.

Walker missed some time this season with a shoulder injury, so the Mariners want to get him some more innings going into the offseason. The 22-year-old posted a 2.61 ERA and 34/18 K/BB ratio in 38 innings across five starts and three relief appearances in the majors this year and should be a popular late-round flier in mixed leagues in 2015.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:24:00 AM

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.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 09:16:00 PM

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
Sat, Sep 20, 2014 01:16:00 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.
Thu, Sep 18, 2014 12:09:00 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.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 02:43:00 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.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 01:43:00 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.
Tue, Aug 5, 2014 06:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2Jesus Sucre
3John Baker
4Steven Baron
1B1Logan Morrison
2B1Robinson Cano
2Shawn O'Malley
SS1Chris Taylor
2Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
3Carlos Rivero
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Rickie Weeks
3Endy Chavez
CF1Austin Jackson
RF1Seth Smith
2Justin Ruggiano
DH1Nelson Cruz
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3James Paxton
4J.A. Happ
5Taijuan Walker
6Roenis Elias
7Erasmo Ramirez
8Kevin Correia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Dominic Leone
7David Rollins
8Carson Smith
9Joe Saunders
10Edgar Olmos
11Mark Lowe